2013 NW Quilting Expo

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to shared that I had a quilt accepted into this year’s NW Quilting Expo, held during the past 3 days in Portland. It is the Hummer Storm quilt that I also displayed at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show over the summer.

Here it is at the Expo show:

Hummer Storm at 2013 NW Quilt Expo

Hummer Storm at 2013 NW Quilt Expo

There were so many beautiful quilts in the show! I hope to finish cropping and uploading some of the photos that I took to display in a future post soon.

Here is the first place winner from the Pictorial Quilts category, made by Claudia Pfeil. It is stunning and the photos do not do it justice! Since I love turtles, I think it may have been my favorite quilt at the show.

First Place, Pictorial Quilts, Made by Claudia Pfeil

First Place, Pictorial Quilts, Made by Claudia Pfeil

I had a great time at this year’s event! I purchased some fun fabric and seriously looked at buying a hobby level 18″ long-arm and frame. Unfortunately, I came home without the long-arm, but hope to get one sometime in the future.

Happy quilting!

Old Truck Photographs and Pictorial Quilts

Last weekend, my family and I went for a nice, long hike. We did an 8-mile loop through old growth forest, went past silvery waterfalls, and even encountered old abandoned mines and equipment.

These old, rusty trucks caught my eye. They have such character, even sitting broken-down in the cool greens depths of an Oregon forest. What stories do they have to tell? I had an idea to take the photographs and, perhaps, turn them into a pictorial quilt someday.

This old truck appears to have a grin.

Grinning Old Truck

The red paint on this one contrasts so well with the surrounding green forest. The snow chains are still on the tires!

Old Red Truck

And here’s a row of tired old trucks, sagging into nature:

Row of Tired Old Trucks

Have you ever turned a photograph into a pictorial quilt? I’ve done it once before with a picture that I took of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. It is a very individual and creative process, but I might one day help these old trucks find a new life in fabric.

Delicate Arch Pictorial Quilt