Feeling the need for a road trip, I talked Pat into going with me on Friday to the American Legacy 2009 Quilt Show being held at the Georgia Agrirama in Tifton, GA. I thought it would do her good to get away since she’s been pretty much homebound since February with the knee replacement, and I knew I desperately needed a diversion!
We left the shop about 8AM, and the plan was to arrive in Tifton just before lunch, see the show, have lunch, and be back to Atlanta before Friday rush hour traffic set in! We had a nice drive down (3 hours!), with Pat working on handquilting her Whig Rose quilt while I drove, chattering like magpies the entire time! Anyone eavesdropping on our conversation would have been totally confused because we tend to skip back and forth and cover a multitude of subjects all at once! We know what we’re talking about, but anyone else would probably think we were a little schizophrenic. At any rate, we made it to Tifton without incident and thoroughly enjoyed the quilt show. It was a great first effort for the Georgia Agrirama Foundation and the Wiregrass Quilters Guild. I’m sure Pat will share her favorites, but here are a few pictures that I took for you to enjoy.
Best of Show winner was “And They All Became Stars” by Jane Rodgers, quilted by Rae Giddens. This quilt also won First Place in the Collaborative category.
My selection for Viewer’s Choice was the Third Place winner in the Art Quilt category entitled “Emerald Treasures” by Barb Forrister. This small wallhanging was amazing – she used commercial and hand painted fabrics, dyed cheesecloth, wool, roving, and beads and incorporated needle felting, machine applique and machine quilting. The turtles were all 3-D – I took several close-ups, but alas, my photography skills are sorely lacking! Trust me when I tell you it was terrific!
Top Right is a small wallhanging (also by Jane Rodgers) that I thought was a terrific use of the Dick and Jane panels and coordinating fabrics that were on the market recently. This quilt was titled “First Grade.”
Bottom Right is another very striking quilt that caught my attention. Titled “Classic Serape Native American Rug Design” and made by Ruth Wise.
A few more of my favorites from the show. Top Left is “Not Freddy’s House but Ann’s House” by Ann Barker. This is her rendition of “Freddy’s House” by Freddy Moran, and it was bright and cheerful!
Top Right is “Wagon Wheels” by Rae Giddens. Again, bright and cheerful, this quilt reminded me of Australian quilts that I’ve been seeing on several blogs usig a more traditional pattern with bright, contemporary fabrics. A showstopper!
Bottom Left is “Old Shoes” by Jane Rodgers, which she made from a photo of her old shoes. Bottom Right is a close-up to better show the details. Even the laces looked real! Jane is apparently a very prolific quilter as she had a lot of quilts in this show!
A big treat was a display of vintage quilts from the collection of Jackie Harper of Fitzgerald, GA, along with a wonderful display of toy and miniature antique sewing machines from the collection of Jan Winter of Ashburn, GA. Now if you know me at all, you know that I adore antique quilts and sewing implements, so a lot of my time was spent inspecting these beautiful quilts. Enjoy!
There were several of these antique quilts that I would have loved to have in my collection!
Speaking of antique quilts, one particular reason that I really wanted to attend this show was the opportunity to meet Teddy Pruett, who is an AQS certified quilt appraiser from Lake City, FL. I’ve been corresponding via email with Teddy for a while because I booked her to do a lecture for Cotton Boll Quilt Guild on April 28th, and she’s also going to do quilt appraisals at the shop on April 29th. I only got to speak with her briefly as she was quite busy doing appraisals at the show, but I could tell just from our brief contact that her lecture is going to be a lot of fun. She is a delightful lady! Call me if you want details about her lecture, or to book an appointment for a quilt appraisal with her.
On our way back home, we detoured to Ashburn, GA to check out a place called French Farmhouse Antiques that we’d seen a roadside billboard for…we found a few treasures but no antiques. I think their definition of “antique” was different than ours!
A quick lunch at Cracker Barrel and we were barreling toward Atlanta. Traffic was bumper to bumper, and came to a dead stop about 15 miles from our exit. We saw one minor fender bender, but that wasn’t the problem – I guess it was just all the holiday traffic, combined with spring-breakers headed home from Florida! Luckily, I knew the back way so I jumped off the first exit we came to and we zipped right along. We were also concerned about predicted stormy weather so we wanted to get home as quickly as possible.
All in all, it was fun day. I was tired, but it was definately just what the doctor ordered for me! Pat looks a little exasperated with me, don’t ya think? I’m sure she’ll have some goofy pic of me on her blog in a day or two, so this is just payback in advance!
Thanks, Pat, for a most Excellent Adventure!