Monday, April 15, 2019

Quilt Festival Chicago

Jan and I attended Quilt Festival Chicago a couple weeks ago.  The quilt vending area has dwindled for tradition quilt enthusiasts.  Still, an enjoyable day.

Blue Toile from Paris by Judith Bailey showcases a museum reproduction fabric purchased at Le Rouvray fabric shop on a textile tour to Paris.

This antique quilt has inspired 'The 1876 Centennial Quilt Project' by a sewing group on Lopez Island.    Background information can be found on this blog post.  Installment patterns are available from Lopez Island Quilter's Studio (no affiliation).

This Pineapple Quilt with zigzag border, c. 1880, was my favorite - love that green in the border.  The backing is a red and brown calico of  flowers, fruits, and birds.  Sadly, the quilt was displayed at the back of a classroom area so we didn't get a peak.

Fractured Rainbow by Amy Kidd was a blue ribbon winner - very striking.  It's constructed with uneven Log Cabin blocks using Kaffe Fassett stripe fabric and a common solid gray.

I'm off to France next week for the Pour l'Amour du Fil show in Nantes!  All the ladies from two family generations are joining me at the end of the show for travel.  EXCITING!!  Sadly, investigation finds that Le Rouvray is permanently closed.  Any suggestions for other fabric opportunities in Provence or Paris?


  1. Thank you for sharing! I love traditional patterns made from 1800's and 1930's reprints! Getting harder and harder to find!

  2. Last year at Maine Quilts (my guild) there weren't any vendors with vintage reproduction fabrics. A perusal of the list of vendor's in the brochure for this year's show reveals more of the same. This is a disturbing trend. What's going on? Loved the pineapple quilt.

  3. I love that border on the blue quilt. A nice swap border is on my short list of quilts I'm serious about finishing. The trouble is, I keep changing my mind. Can't wait to see your pictures from France!


Quirky Little Oak Leaf

My February little quilt is a reproduction of an online auction quilt that I pinned from Pinterest.  I love that the center applique block s...