I am so happy that the Long Beach Quilt Festival returned after 9 long years! It is a great venue and the attendees were thrilled to be there. I had a great time exploring Long Beach, teaching, and a wee bit of time viewing the quilts.
Long Beach is a beautiful town; it’s friendly and packed with restaurants, at least in the area around the convention center. The architecture of the convention center is, um, interesting:
It’s especially pretty at night:
I stayed at the adjoining Hyatt, known for its “Swan Boats”:
It looked like fun, especially at night, but I did not have the time to play.
I accidentally reserved an ADA room. When I realized that, I tried to get them to put me in a regular room, but apparently it would have been difficult to change the reservation. So I got this:
As you can imagine, the room was spacious. I am easily impressed: I loved the blinds. One button moved the sheer blinds up and down and another moved the black out shades up and down. I felt like a Queen! It doesn’t take much to impress me, lol!
And this was such a charming piece of art:
It provided the most magical glow at night. I lived the high life for sure!
My classes were wonderful! Everyone was so thrilled to return to in-person classes and have the Festival back open. My first day class was my intro class, “Yes You CAN Free Motion Quilt!”. I was so proud of my students, embracing the process and making huge strides in one day!
We were on a variety of high end Janome’s and they performed flawlessly.
Day two’s class was full with a wait list, Free Motion Quilting, Start With a Square:
I remembered to take photos this time. My students really were happy! I noticed that similar to previous years, some will leave early, I think to miss traffic:
It was one of those classes that teachers dream about. Everyone did so well! Some were beginners and some had considerable experience, but everyone had a good time.
Even though we were surrounded by restaurants, they were almost all sit-down venues and I didn’t want to take the time. But there was a trade-off; the food choices on premises were limited.
A hot dog, chips and water was $19.85!! And I NEVER eat hot dogs but at least this was a beef dog, a pretty good one I must say.
On to the quilts! The show was beautifully displayed with very wide aisles:
I literally had 25 minutes to see the whole show, and apparently I missed several entire exhibits. I ran around and took photos like a mad woman, then enjoyed them later when things slowed down. In no particular order:
Beautiful quilting! I MUST make a bar quilt someday.
Don’t you just love that edge?
I can feel the cold and why the bird is all fluffed up.
I loved this piece! It is SO lava lamp-ish. I can’t imagine that piecing.
The best representation of the vibe in Long Beach I thought.
This was a huge quilt with stunning applique.
The following few quilts are part of the exhibit of the work of Zena Thorpe. Surely she has to be one of the best applique artists in the world. Her work is exquisite and remarkably executed and designed. It was a marvel to see a body of her work in person. My photos do not do her quilts justice:
This was my fav of hers.
This was a close second. That trapunto was fabulous.
This is machine applique!
I did feel the emotion in this piece even before I read the title.
Snippets from an antique booth, made into this piece. Lovely!
Oh the texture!
Silk fabric, trapunto, fringe; a quilt to ponder.
I can feel the heat. Feels very West Texas to me.
So much detail and technique in this fairly small and beautiful piece.
Just super cool quilting on this one.
My tour of the quilts was very short and as always, I don’t show a quilt more than once (if I remember!). There were many other spectacular quilts that I have posted before. Oh I wish I could have spent more time with the quilts!
I hear that this show will be back next year. I hope to be teaching and look forward to spending time in Long Beach again!
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