Quilt market opens today in Kansas City.  This event is for the quilt industry trade only and not for the general public.  There are similar shows during the year geared toward the consumer called Quilt Festival that are sponsored by the same organization that sponsors Quilt Market, Quilts, Inc.  I have been fortunate to attend Quilt Festival in Houston a few times.  Quilt Market is where quilt shop owners and others in the industry go to find out the latest fabric lines coming out, the latest tools, machines, books, patterns, etc. that the stores can offer for their customers.  Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio has provided some pre-opening vendor booth setup photos on the company’s Facebook page.  Here is a link to Week’s blog post or just type “Modern Quilt Studio” in the search bar on Facebook.

Also this weekend, in Overland Park, Kansas is the Machine Quilter’s Showcase.  It started yesterday.  The person that really reached out to me when I started my blog was Linda Hungerford of Flourishing Palms blog.  Linda took two prizes in this show. She took Best of Show in the Just for Me-Bed Quilt Division and Second Place in the Just for Me-Wall Quilt Division.  Here is a link to her post.  I hope she doesn’t mind if a share a picture of her award winning quilt here.  This 77″ square quilt was quilted by Linda on a domestic sewing machine.  She beat out all the long-arm quilters in her division.  Kudos to you Linda.  I am so proud of you!

I have entered quilts into shows before and I know how stiff the competition is.  Today I am entering a quilt in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  The festival starts today and runs through June 1.  The quilt I am entering is called The Chemistry of Symmetry (34″ x 42″).  I had planned to enter my Heart quilt, but I am still working on the binding.  The Chemistry of Symmetry quilt is special to me.  I love kaleidoscopes and actually have a mini collection of art kaleidoscopes.  One year I attended a Jinny Beyer seminar and the theme was kaleidoscope quilts.  When I got back from the seminar I started this quilt.  It is made from one Jinny Beyer border print fabric and a small bit of Fossil Ferns collection. Remember that collection? I think I have one yard of every color. Anyway, I made this quilt while my husband went through one year of miserable treatment for melanoma and I sat with him every night while watching TV and hand quilted this quilt.  I am not much of a sit and watch TV kind of a person, but I wanted to be there if he needed anything. I finished this quilt in 2007 and it was the last quilt I hand quilted.  I used wool batting which was beautiful to hand quilt through.  I am not the best hand quilter and I am very slow at it.  However, I do love the texture created by the wool batting and the hand quilting. While quilting this quilt I learned patience and persistence. Please visit the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and vote for your favorites May 26 – 30. Click on the button on the side bar.

Have a great weekend everyone and quilt on!