I headed up north to the Center Harbor area last Thursday. Why was I on the road again so soon after my Maine getaway ? I was attending an all-day quilt workshop on Friday with the very talented David Taylor. I have long admired his amazing work and was fortunate enough to be in attendance at the Houston Quilt Festival last year to see in person his "Beneath My Wing" which won first place in its category. If you are not familiar with his work, take a moment to visit his website and view his gallery of prize-winning quilts.
My friend Laurel also attended the workshop, and we both had a wonderful time. David Taylor was a fun, excellent teacher who shared his process for making his hand applique quilts.
The workshop was sponsored by Keepsake Quilting, one of the largest quilt shops in New England. This weekend was their second annual QuiltFest. On Saturday morning, a sales representative from Wilmington Fabric presented an outdoor trunk show of quilts featuring the company's various fabric lines.
It was interesting to see how the choice of fabrics could completely change the appearance of a particular pattern. All three quilts above were made from the same pattern. Here are a few of the other quilts.
Speaking of patterns, if you click on Wilmington Fabrics and look under the "Projects" tab, you will find many free patterns including some for the above quilts.
There were other quilts made by customers displayed along the porch along with sale fabric and kits. Let's just say I scooped up a healthy supply of bargains. :-)
To add to the festive atmosphere, the King Arthur Flour truck was also in the parking lot. I loved the giant rolling pin on the front bumper and the spatula and mixing bowl on the roof. . . very cool! The truck travels across the country attending fairs and other events. They were offering warm, delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Donations received would then later be donated to a local charity. To find the recipe for these positively yummy cookies, click here.