Over 600 quilts were on display at this weekend's QuiltFest, a fabulous show and the largest quilt show in New York run entirely by volunteers. Since hand quilting is my first love, my post today highlights a few of the hand quilted items on exhibit, including some that have won national awards in previous years as well as some of the judged entries in this show and one or two vintage charmers. Warning - photo-heavy post! The show was well attended and as the morning progressed, the crowds in some of the aisles prevented being able to stand back far enough to capture many of the quilts in their entirety and some of the photos are at odd angles, but the quilts were all spectacular. These are just a few that especially called out to me.
The first quilt is a previous award winner. The trapunto work in the feather quilting was gorgeous.
Another previous award winner. I loved the Celtic knot applique border, not to mention the soft colors, reminiscent of a foggy morning.
A sweet vintage quilt.
This next funky vintage quilt just called out to me. If I had money to burn and room in the house ...
A Judge's Choice award winner.
An heirloom baby quilt
My jaw dropped when I spotted this next quilt, created by fellow Celebrate Hand Quilting member Janet Atkins. I never thought I'd have the opportunity to see this in person. The tiniest of hand quilting stitches I've ever seen, and most deserving of the two awards it received at this show.
Another Judge's Choice winner. I can't imagine hand appliqueing all those thousands of tiny, tiny circles and then hand quilting around each and every one!
And, lastly, here is the quilt that was awarded best of show:
I'm inspired! I hope you enjoyed the eye-candy. Next post will feature some of the machine quilted beauties from this show. Hope you're enjoying a beautiful day!