Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pajaro Valley Quilt Show

Saturday my sweet husband offered to hang with the kiddos so I could attend the Pajaro Valley Quilt Show at the Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds in Watsonville.  Yay!
Hello!  There I am!  There were some beautiful quilts on display.  Most were of the traditional sort with a few art quilts thrown in.  Not too many of the modern quilt variety.
Here are some of my faves...
This double wedding ring was beautiful and this picture hardly does it justice.  It was actually the one I ended up voting for in the viewers choice category.  Mostly because I loved all the old feedsack fabrics in it and the story that went along with it.  It was pieced by a grandmother years and years before and then found by the granddaughter a year before her wedding. The mother (of the bride, daughter of the piecer, follow me?) took it and together with some friends repaired and finished the top and hand quilted it in time to present to the grand daughter for her wedding.  

Don't you love that?

They even embroidered the bride and groom's names and their wedding date.

If you're noticing a trend already as evidence of my love for vintage prints, its true.  This Dresden plate design was all hand quilted.  Sigh... so, so beautiful.

They also had this lovely hexagon quilt.  You KNOW I had to take a picture of that one.  This was also hand quilted.

They had some great scrappy quilts that reminded me of my commitment to stashpact11 and how I have totally fallen off the wagon there.  These lovelies helped me renew my commitment. 

(I should clarify that I jumped back on the stashpack11 bandwagon AFTER I already went through all the vendors which I don't feel bad about because everything purchased was for a SPECIFIC project I have in mind and they were all such screaming deals.  But more about that later.....)
One more scrapper..
Okay ONE more shot of the scrappers.  I really love this triangl-ish quilt on the left.  What is the name of those blocks? 
 I feel like there is an ad that is always in American Patchwork and Quilting that has this pattern?  Anyway I really like it.  Its like a triangle's answer to the postcard quilt 
(which I've been really wanting to do by the way.  One more on the to do list...)
They had a bed turning which was a lot of fun too. 
One of the things I love so much about quilts in general is just all the history linked to each one.  This was a fun way to hear the stories that went along with these beautiful quilts.  
Most were vintage, 20's and 30's era quilts. 

I did a quick sweep through the vendors and bought a few fat quarters and half yarders that were really good deals.  I had to really restrain myself since everything was priced so great.  My favorite vendor was actually this lady who finds vintage fabrics and notions and sells them.  She had AMAZING and beautiful fabrics.  I bought two.  My favorite is the one of the right.  Both are just shy of a yard and I got them both together for $5.  How about that?

She also had a bunch of old orphan blocks and cutter quilts.  I loved this pile because all of them had embroidered onto them 
who had made them.  
This one on the top was made by "mother."  Love that.

Since I knew Josh was sacrificing important study time to tend the boys all morning
(he's taking his qualifying exam for his boards this May, EEK!)
when I looked at my watch and realized I'd been there for about two and a half hours, I figured I ought to hurry home.

But then as I was walking out I thought, I'll just do a quick cruise through this last building.

Uh.  It turned out it was the "Bargain Garden" and it was piles and mountains of scraps and old fabric that they were selling for $3 a pound.  
Since no one loves a good deal more than my Joshua, I figured he wouldn't begrudge me a turn through the bargain garden and in I went.
I mean look at that!
I came out spending $4.50 and got ALL OF THIS!!!
Most are at least quarter or half yarders and some even a yard plus.

I could have spent hours there but unfortunately, felt the need to get home so the husband could get to studying.

It was a ton of fun and has me thinking I'd like to join the guild that puts it on.  They meet in Santa Cruz once a month and I think it would be a lot of fun.  



  1. Ohhh! So beautiful quilts!!!
    I have never seen "Bargain Garden". I think it would be fantastic! In Hungary sometimes it's very hard to find nice fabric (or I am very clumsy in it :-))

  2. What a lot of fun. You did a good job with your $4.50 stash. It so hard not to buy, buy, buy! It sounds like you came home with a lot of inspriration, too.

  3. Beautiful quilts! I love the hexagon too. I've never tried to quilt, or even sew for that matter. But I've always been in awe of those who do. :) so very pretty!

  4. Wow Tyra! What a haven for you! Do you ever feel proud that you are a "younger generation" amidst mostly 40+ year old women? Were there a lot of younger ladies like yourself there? I'm so proud of you! And I love your stash! What a bargain! When will you display one of your gems? And you should join a guild! I was in a quilting guild in Utah for 2 years and LOVED it. I wish they had one in Mississippi, but I'm pretty sure they don't even know what that means down here in the South. My closest fabric store is 55 miles sad.


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