Inspiration: Photos from the PA National Quilt Festival

Best of Show & Viewers Choice Winner: PA National Quilt Extravaganza XXI
Best of Show & Viewers Choice Winner: PA National Quilt Extravaganza XXI. “Once Upon A Time” by Sieglinde Schoen Smith from Carlisle, PA. Hand appliqued, hand pieced, hand quilted, original design.

Somewhere in my nightly web browsing/exploring, after I had put my babes (baby and husband) to sleep, I came across info on the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXI which was coming up this month at the Pennsylvania Expo Center in Oaks. It worked out that I was able to catch the last few hours of the last day of the festival with my mom and baby E. I didn’t know what to expect, having not gone to any sort of quilting store or event before, but I was curious. I’ve always been drawn to textiles and sewing and want to learn more…

Quilt Fest featured a vendor marketplace with shops and groups from all over the country selling products from craft embellishments and fabrics to high-end quilting machines and equipment. But my favorite part of the Festival was the showroom that displayed countless quilts of various styles from around the world.

I’m no quilt expert (my quilting technique consists of basic designs and making it up as I go), but I was completely blown away by the quilt selection on display. The amount of time, attention to detail, and intricate designs apparent in these quilts has me convinced that quilting must be up there on the list of art forms that require a significant amount of skill, creativity, and patience.

My mom taking a closer look at this quilt's details.
My mom taking a closer look at this quilt’s details.

I wish I could have taken a picture of every quilt they had (including detailed shots), but I probably would have had to go to all 4 days of the Festival for that! Below are some of the highlights from the Quilt Festival with excerpts of notes that their creators included on the display…