It’s been a very long time since I attended a sewing show. In fact, it’s probably been more than 10 years. When I saw that Quilt! Knit! Stitch! was making it’s Portland debut, I decided maybe it was time to give it another go.
I got my daughter on board with the Knit! part, but I was a little skeptical that the $10 per person entry fee, plus parking, was going to be worth it. That seemed a little steep considering I knew it was going to be full of vendors also wanting a peek into my wallet. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. We ended up spending over three hours there!
There were two sides to the show: display pieces and vendors. We started on the display side, which was set up like a museum. The first thing we came to was a Community Garden. It was a fabric tree covered in flowers made by attendees. They offered to let us make some to add, but we were anxious to see what was ahead.
There were some truly amazing works of art. They started with those made of yarn, like this crochet piece from local Jo Hamilton, representing the city of Portland.
This quilt, called Gathering Hearty Roses, was made by a group of four quilters from Japan who have been creating together for 20 years. Aiko Miyata, Norimi Tashiro, Nobuko Kotani and Reiko Terui each made one of the hearts, then put them together.
I couldn’t get a photo that would do justice to Scarlett’s Crimson by Philippa Naylor from the U.K. She drafted the pattern, then used piecing, quilting and applique to create this beauty. She was inspired by 1950’s couture ball gowns.
I love the color and style of Indian Summer Sunset by Shirley Gisi from Colorado.
Jane Sassaman was inspired to make Illinois Album by the rural areas of her own state.
Cindy Hickok, from Texas, had several 3D pieces made with machine embroidery, but my favorite was See the U.S.A.
Alice’s Kitchen by Miki Murakami of Japan was a real eye-catcher.
We moved on to the vendor side, which seemed to go on forever. One the first booths we stepped into remained one of our favorites. We even went back to it at the end to buy a book and chat with the author, Kay MacKenzie.
You can visit Kay at her book website and applique blog. She had so many cute things, but the Studio sign, which is in the above book, is the first thing I want to make.
There were a few trends we spotted while we shopped. Wool felt projects were everywhere. Bertie’s Year, from Bonnie Sullivan, was a particularly fun set of patterns.
Another prevalent theme was super-tiny quilts. It really made me want to give one a try. Imagine how happy we were when we walked by the Moda Bakeshop booth and they handed us each of us a sweet pack of 2 1/2” squares!
You know how much I love to rip out a seam, but after holding this seam ripper from Lumenaris in my hand, I had to have one. This thing is the perfect size and weight. I’ve already used it, and I’m very happy to add it to my tool box.
Overall, Quilt! Knit! Stitch! was a fun afternoon. My daughter was hoping for more knitting and crochet patterns, but she enjoyed admiring the yarn. I’m hoping the show returns next year!