Lee and I also took a trip to the Wisconsin Quilt Museum, which was full of unexpected surprises. The first thing we saw when we walked in and hung up our coats was a very familiar looking quilt block - the star crossed block I just wrote a tutorial for last month! It was interesting to see how the quilter chose to sash and border the quilt, which I suspect might just inspire me when I finish up my star crossed quilt. I've never added cornerstones to sashing before, it might be kind of fun to try that for once.
The museum also had a quilted representation of the museum itself on display, which was really amazing. Inside were several "quilts" hung on the walls, all cross-stitched. Seeing those lovely blocks and quilts made me want to cross-stitch again. I haven't done that in eons!
When we moved into the barn, there were two exhibits to see. One was a Girl Scout exhibit, showing the history of the Girl Scouts through quilts, but none of those photos turned out very well. My photos from the second exhibit turned out much, much better. The second exhibit was called Connecting Thread: A Line of Design. Each piece had a piece of red cording or thread running through it and connecting it to the other pieces. It was definitely a unique concept. I haven't seen a whole lot of art quilting before, so I wasn't too sure what to expect, but I. We saw a lot of stunning quilting stitches in an art quilting exhibit featuring work by the Milwaukee Art Quilters group. Here are a few of my favorite free motioned designs:
by Terri Kirchner
by Roberta Williams
by Mary Ellen Heus
These quilts really showed off some amazing FMQ'ing and I will definitely be looking at these photos before I free-motion my next quilt. So inspiring! To see the rest of the quilts on display in this exhibit and read more about the challenge, click here.
Lee also showed me her local quilt shops, and naturally, I found a few things to bring home. I totally plan to hang the quilter's star block lights in my sewing room to brighten things up a bit. They are just so cute! I was excited to see the King Tut thread, I've really been wanting to try it for a while now. The Hera marker has also been on my shopping list as of late, I've been wanting to try using it for marking quilting lines and designs after I saw Kati use one with great success.
(top row: L-R: Busytown On the Move yardage, Riley Blake Fly a Kite, Robert Kaufman Stockholm, Moda Salt Air; bottom row: L-R Hera Marker, Quilter's Star Block Lights, and King Tut Superior thread)
I'm looking forward to actually turning on my sewing machine and hopefully sewing a little bit today!