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Monday, June 21, 2010

National Quilting Association 2010 Show I

Columbus, Ohio is home to the National Quilting Association. Each year, they host an exhibition of member's works and invitational pieces covering all aspects of the quilting world...and it is wonderful. For more information on the NQA, look here

The show is held in the Convention center downtown, and while smaller than the American Quilter's Society in Paducah, KY, it is really quite wonderful. Each year it seems to get better and better.

The first section I visited was the Special exhibition of tree quilts. The tree quilts covered all bases, but this miniature was really great.

At left is "Tree of Life," by Lorraine Olsen of Springfield, Missouri. Lorraine entered this in the special exhibition, but she also had a winner in the miniatures section. You can learn more about Lorraine from her website and you might be familiar with her work from her book, Little Lone Star Quilts.

In order to give you an idea of the size, I held my finger about 1" off the quilt face while I photographed it. I couldn't think of any other way to impart scale, but rest assured, this former museum curator would rather have her hand cut off than to touch someone else's work without gloves....seriously!

I really wish they would include the size of the quilt somewhere on the label, but they don't. Not even in the program booklet!

This is Lorraine's "Rainy Day Star" pieced from 1930s scraps. It's hand quilted. Believe it or not, but it only got a second place!

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