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Have you ever looked at a quilt exhibit, had a sudden vision of something you wanted to make, and raced back to a vendor to purchase the necessary items? I'm sure that happened for some of us attending the Long Beach International Quilt Festival this past weekend.

This post is the second half of some show highlights (read part 1 here). The exhibits included a wide variety of quilts on display and for sale, as well as for our inspiration. Here are some of the quilts that I was able to capture. (The quilt name and artist are given for each quilt.)

"Beyond City Light" by Sally Atkinson

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"Down Olive Way" by Maureen L Ashlock

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"Early Indigo Coverlet with Trapunto" (quiltmaker unknown)

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"Forest Symphony" by Sandra E Lauterbach

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"Grape Hyacinth" by Margo Fiddes

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"Hibiscus in Dappled Light" by Marianne R Williamson

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"Indigo Ohio Stars" by Vicki Mangum

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"My Quilt Room" by Yasuko Ito and Oharibako

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"My Stash at 50 (aka Log Cabin with an Attitude)" by Karen Eckmeier

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"Orcas of the Pacific" by Kathleen Carter

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"Pineapple Daiquari" by Rellajeanne W Cook

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"Pineapple Leftovers" by Jo Garvin

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"Pineapple Scrap Salad" by Jean Ann Wright

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"Pursonal Passion" by Sandra E Lauterbach

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"Silk Stars" by Mary Mern

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"Spring Field" by Akiko Kawata

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"The White City" by Zvia Strahilevitz-Klein

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"Three Roses" by Charlotte Hickman

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"Trellis of Red Flowers" by Deborah Kemball

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Aren't those beautiful? And there were so many more, all with incredible detail. I found it to be a calm and peaceful part of the day when looking at the quilts, studying the techniques, trying to figure out "how did they do that?" and marveling at the color and composition. My skills are not nearly that accomplished, but I do feel encouraged to try something new. Trusting that the show also sparked your creativity, what are you planning to try? Please do share with us here or on Facebook!

Dottie found out for us that the Festival will be returning to Long Beach for at least three more years. Until the next event, may you all find time to turn your dreams into tangible creations. Happy quilting!

What would you consider the highlights of the Long Beach International Quilt Festival? Shopping? Friendship? New products? All of the above?? I had a great time on Saturday, and snapped a few photos to share. Here's a glimpse into my impression of the event. Along with some quotes (in bold) that were overheard and brought a smile to my face.

I usually dread long lines, but then lines aren't too long when time is spent chatting with friends.

waiting in line.JPGIn no time at all the ocean waves carried a sea of shoppers to the exhibit floor. (I couldn't resist!)

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"I saw what a difference it made for my
daughter and granddaughter to receive
that quilt in the hospital. So it inspired me
to make
as many charity quilts as I could."

There are so many beautiful colors in the world, just waiting for us to create. And vendors always have them arranged for our easy access. Look at the wonderful selection:

color - Cindys Fabric Shack.JPG(photo courtesy of Cindy's Fabric Shack)

color - Monicas Quilt and Bead Creations.JPG(photo courtesy of Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations)

"My stash? I'll have to live to 200 to use it up."

color - Custom Creations.JPG(photo courtesy of Custom Creations)

A number of different fabric types and styles were available, from Batik,

fabric - Batik Sew Batik.JPG(photo courtesy of Sew Batik)


fabric - Hawaiian Beyond the Reef.JPG(photo courtesy of Beyond the Reef)


fabric - African Maendeleo Imports.JPG(photo courtesy of Maendeleo Imports)


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and colorful florals.

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"Our husbands think we're crazy.
We just tell them, ok,
let's look at your hobbies!"

More gorgeous, inspiring color was seen in the embellishments:

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color - embellishments Tenaj Creations.JPG(photo courtesy of Tenaj Creations)

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"This show is better than last year!"

Some of the patterns available were backpack and purse patterns

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purse patterns - Veranda Tote Quilts Illustrated.JPG(photo courtesy of Quilts Illustrated)

and Cathedral Windows.

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A number of products seemed new to me! Some very ingenious ideas. A design wall that rolls-up for storage.

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Another that is collapsible and portable.

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A magnetic, invisible quilt holder.

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A project storage box to replace the pizza boxes.

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And acrylic clocks, clipboards, wall hangers, and cups that display your quilt blocks.

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Busy booths,

busy shoppers - Monicas Quilt and Bead Creations.JPG(photo courtesy of Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations)

"Oh, now I've lost my Mother.
I swear I'm going to put a
GPS tracker on her."

and classes,

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and vendor demos kept us busy.

demo - Creative Feet.JPG(photo courtesy of Creative Feet)

After a day of shopping, taking pictures, and talking with vendors and fellow quilters, it was time to return home with new purchases and inspiration.

days end.JPGTomorrow I'll post pictures of the quilt exhibits. Antique, art and traditional, colorful. Until then, I'm eager to start my backpack. What's the first project you're going to work on?

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