Yesterday I attended the last day of the AQC (I was going to put a link but the website was not responding by the time I got home - very efficient), not as a convention member, just as a visitor. I managed to stay fairly clear of the stalls and am proud to announce that I did not buy any quilting materials. However, I did buy some threads from The Thread Studio stand and a back support from the Punch with Judy stand. I used the latter today as I worked on my miniature tapestry and think it was a successful purchase.
The quilts were amazing, so many different styles and interpretations of challenges.
I was especially interested in the Textile Tantrums exhibit, organised by Dale Rollerson of The Thread Studio. There were some very innovative works in that exhibit.
I also saw the Twelve by Twelve exhibition. This is a group of twelve art quilters from all over the world who have an online group. They have a theme every two months and make an art quilt twelve inches by twelve inches. It is the first time they have exhibited their work together. Apparently they are going to have a book published about their work also. There were 2 years worth of quilts on view, all beautifully done.
My current interest is art quilts but I have yet to produce much in that area. I am concentrating on the tapestry, screen print and design subjects that I am studying.
Another group in the UK had their work on show, also inspiring and beautiful. They were the Out of the Fold works. Once again, some amazing techniques and beautiful pieces, also smallish. I have found two links on the internet for two of the works that I especially liked:
Annette Morgan and Birgitte Hendricks. There were some other names that I took note of but have not found links yet.