Friday, January 21, 2011

Road to California

It turned out to be a beautiful day yesterday...when I left my house I was a bit worried because it was windy...very windy...we had winds at 35 mph with 85mph gusts...it's miserable when it's like that...but as is often the case...I can drive a few miles and the wind is still...I think my house sits in a wind tunnel! Any way...here is the sky in front of the Ontario Convention Center...blue and very still...
Here's everyone waiting to get in...oh when will they open those doors...The show started promptly at 9:30 AM and there was so much to see. the vendors were down the two sides of two huge rooms with the quilts on display down the centers...we opted to look at the vendor booths first, but I'm going to show those photos in my next post...I wanted to just show some of the gorgeous quilts first...after all...these women put so much of their lives into these beauties...it's only fair...here are a few that amazed me...there are many more for another post...I will show you those later...here are just a few to start...


This quilt sort of spoke my language...normally I don't care so much for batik quilts...but this one would look perfect on the large wall above my sofa in the living room...it is very beautiful and of course you know how much I love flowers...


This very patriotic one was stunning. I tried to get a good photo of the hand quilting but my flash washed it out...it is incredible...but then I was in awe of so many...


This one was called "A not so plain Jane"...It reminded me of the quilts of the 1700's...it was 5000 pieces and all hand stitched and hand quilted...like I said...I'm in awe!





I smiled a lot while viewing this one...this couple is so funny...he is playing with his camera and she is applying lipstick...it looks more like a painting than fabrics...





This one too...it is made from a photograph taken in Italy...





Isn't this guy the cutest thing...









And of course...Mother Theresa...the quilting makes her face look so real...







Being so close to Mexico...there was quite a display of Dias de los muertas...Day of the dead...they are fascinating...this was a little display set up...with quilts and quilted pillows...









Here is one from that display...I thought it was cute...










This one was made from a photo taken in Mexico of a young girl playing in a box...the quilter said the little girl touched her, so she needed to make this...look at the ribbon she won!
Those are just a few for today...I will post more about the Road to California Quilt Show later...it was a fun day...but the crowds and slow walking all day long wore me out...all in all a wonderful experience...I met some nice ladies, ran into some gals I knew...and spent a great day with my sister...Thanks, Debbie...it was fun!
Enjoy the day, my friends...there is beauty all around around us!!











12 comments:

Cyndi said...

Oh Linda, how fabulous! What a great way to spend the day. Those quilts are awesome...each one has it's own unique beauty. I especially love the little squirrel quilt...I'm a big fan of critters!

Glad you had such a great day, and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your photos and hearing more about your trip!

XOXO,

Cyndi

deb said...

It was a great day and Im glad you are posting a lot of the ones that I didnt get!!!

Yvette said...

I can't wait till tomorrow when I can get there. Thanks for the photo's.

Farmchick said...

Such beautiful quilts. I have to say I love all of these photographs. Nice post.

Lori E said...

Quilting is one art form I have not been able to get the hang of. I love the look of watercolor quilts but my attempt was pretty dismal. I am too sloppy to be a quilter. Nothing is straight.

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

These quilts are beautiful! I'm sending a link to your blog to a friend who quilts so she can enjoy them too.

Kris said...

Wow...those quilts are indeed amazing! That one in Italy...looks like St. Mark's Square. I was there! It looks exactly like that! The one of the girl in a box is spectacular!!! I am so sorry we missed it!!!!

Judy S. said...

Great photos, Linda. Must have been a fun day.

LindyLouMac said...

Ciao Linda and best wishes for 2011, I am back at last catching up on so much that I missed while I was away from the blogsphere! Of course the one from Italy made me smile as well.

Loris said...

Thank you for sharing these great photos. The quilts are beautiful. I especially love the squirrel :-)

Farmer's Wyfe said...

WOW!! Those are absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! Hard to believe those are quilts!!
Thank you for stopping by my blog a while ago. You have a fun blog! :)

Kathy said...

These are awesome - thanks for sharing,
Kathy