Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chicago International Quilt Show Part 1

I had so much fun attending the International Quilt Show in Chicago, Illinois, this past Friday.  Our guild takes a bus trip for the day to the show.  Our leader, Dallas, really knows how to put a great trip together.  The bus dropped us off right at the door, and when we entered the first thing we saw was this exhibit of red and white quilts.  It was really kind of breathtaking.  It makes you think (1) if you've made a red and white quilt, why don't you display it all the time.....and (2) if you've never made a red and white quilt - WHY NOT?  

I'm in category number 2.  I have a red and white antique quilt but have never made one.  I'll add that to my bucket list.

There were lots of quilts in the show.  There were many where photography was not allowed.  I wanted to know why, so I talked with one of the white glove ladies.  Bottom line is that those quilts are featured in a book for sale at the show.  

Since I love English Paper Piecing so much I gravitated to this red and white hexagon diamond quilt.

I also love Dresden Plates.  Each ring has 20 blades in it.  I love the use of color in this one.  

Nine patches are always great.  

This star quilt hung over in the vendor area.  I also love sawtooth stars.  Maybe I don't really have a favorite block.

This house quilt hung on the outside of a booth selling antique quilts.  (I like house quilts, too.)  It took a bit of studying this quilt to see why all of the houses are turned different directions.  

When I gave the photo a turn, you can see (below) that if this quilt is placed on a bed (probably a twin sized bed), the houses in the three middle rows are facing the right direction while the two outside rows would be placed correctly for the drop to cover the mattress.  Also notice that the doors to the houses are on the right.  Most house blocks I've seen have the door on the left side.

A look at the crowd in the vendor area.

 Astronomical Quilts! Quilts made from a block challenge.  

A Dear Jane.  There was a red and white Dear Jane quilt hanging up front in the exhibit.  I can't believe I didn't get a photo.

This is a beautiful shade of blue.

This quilt is made of string blocks cut into 45 degree diamonds.  When you look closely, it is a fun study of fabric.  

I think it was mostly the pink and brown that drew me to this quilt.  It also uses that great border from Judie Rothermel.  

Last, but not least, is this gorgeous hexagon quilt.  There is a lot of purple used throughout this quilt - not a color I normally use - but it looks great in this quilt.

I'll post the other half of my photos next time.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

  Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  


  1. Wow, what fabulous quilts. Thanks so much for sharing for those of us who weren't able to get to Chicago. :-( I've made plenty of blue & white quilts, but no red & white ... a red & neutral is next on my list (maybe it won't count as red & white, but it'll be close).

  2. the quilts look great........thanks for sharing.........

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. Someone from one of my former hometowns has a red/white quilt in that exhibit. And I've been looking for the right red fabric to complete an Old Testament Redwork quilt on of my grandmas made blocks for over 80 years ago.

  4. Wow - they're all beautiful! I would have a hard time choosing a favorite.

  5. Thank you sharing your visit to the show - the red & white exhibit sure makes for a stunning entrance! Can't wait to get a copy of the book coming out in September. Were there advanced copies for sale at the show? Or a catalog? Looking firward to Part 2!

  6. Great photos of gorgeous quilts. Thanks for showing them LuAnn. :-)

  7. I look forward to more of this "tour". Wonderful stuff, LuAnn!

  8. thanks for sharing these quilts! wow the R&W quilts are sure terrific. We like the same blocks ;)
    can't wait for more.

  9. I loved seeing these quilts LuAnn, especially as we don't have many quilt shows here in England.
    That rainbow Jane took my breath away, both because of the wonderful colour effects, but because of the hours of work that has gone into it. A real labour of love that's for sure.

  10. What a quilt show - it must have been almost overwhelming to see such a variety of colour and design. I like that red hexagon quilt! Looking forward to seeing more pictures!


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