Thursday, April 4, 2013

First day of Expo, and meeting up with bloggers

Today was the first of three days of the Sewing & Quilting Expo in Schaumburg, IL. I am working all three days in the Quilts of Valor booth.  I only had a chance to see part of the show today.  I took some pictures to show you some of what the show has to offer.  They had several of our local chapter of Quilts of Valor quilts hanging.

local Quilts of Valor quilt

local Quilts of Valor quilt

does this one look familiar to you?  it should, I showed it in February

local Quilts of Valor quilt

local Quilts of Valor quilt

local Quilts of Valor quilt

local Quilts of Valor quilt

local Quilts of Valor quilt
 There were also some different challenge quilt and quilts from McCall's Quilting magazine that were shown.

My Scrappy Love by Sharon Moran.  these HST's were only 1"

Scraps I Couldn't Bear to Toss by Gina Thackara

In A Spin by Caroll Ivy

Pinwheel Baskets by Kathy Mankelwitz

close up of the hand quilting and embellishments

Jacob's Ladder by JoAnn Rasch

X-Factor (Hidden Spools) by Alice Zeman

Sharon's Original Scrap Sampler by Sharon Moran

Celebrating Freedom by Lynn Lister

Crazy Dazies by Audrey Heirs

The House that Kaffe Built by Kathryn Patterson

up close of the houses and quilting

Heritage Stars by Sherri Bain Driver & Friends

America the Beautiful by Lynn Lister (designer) and Beth Hayes (maker)

Avian Audience by Judy Loope

Yellow Brick Road by Phyllis Manley and Barn Wall by Marcia Knopp

Sunflower Serenade by Marlene Shea

In the Limelight by Gail Eberle

For Alex: Love Mom by Leona Harden

March of the Loggerhead Turtles by Karin Tauber

up close of embellishments

Since I was there to help work the Quilts of Valor booth, I also wanted to show some pictures of our booth and what we were doing.  We are sharing a booth with Marianne Fons (she will arrive tomorrow), and we also had the 'Make & Take' booth from 2-5pm, for more sewing.  Anyone who wants to make a string block to be put into a Quilts of Valor quilt, are welcome at either booth.

Quilts of Valor in Marianne Fon's booth

some area and state leaders of Quilts of Valor chapters

Our 'Opportunity' quilt and it's maker

We will be using the Make & Take booth each day from 2-5pm.  Here are shots during our time today.

Make & Take, Quilts of Valor style

ironing seams

preparing blocks

sewing machines getting a workout

some of today's finished blocks

It is always nice to finally get to meet ladies that you have corresponded with in blogland.   Today, I got to meet up with, not one, but TWO of these ladies.  Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a featured guest at the Expo.  Victoria's blog is Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts (formerly Bumblebeans).  I purchased her book, 15 Minutes of Play. 

signed copy

I also got to meet a fabulous long arm quilter, Lisa Sipes, from That Crazy Quilty Girl blog.  I've followed both of these ladies blogs for quite a while now, and Lisa even follows mine. 

Lisa Sipes, me & Victoria Findlay Wolfe
All in all, it was a great day!  I even got to check out a few of the vendors booths.  Sewing, fabric, and QUILTERS, what's not to love!?!

If you will be attending this Expo, stop by the Quilts of Valor booth, across from 'The Spot', and say 'Hi!'


  1. Oh, it would be fun to come sew with you - thank you for sharing.

  2. What inspiring quilts you have shown! Isn't it great to meet blogging friends? Today I went to a quilt show with two wonderful women I have gotten to know through blogging. It would be hard to say which is better, the friends or the show.

  3. As always, beautiful inspiration! Thank you for sharing such beautiful creations with us!

  4. OMG! those are gorgeous and ambitious quilts. I was blown away.
    Love your fabric covered booth... so homey.
    And you got to meet some of your blogger buddies.
    Doesn't get any better. Wish I could be there. Thanks for sharing with us.


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