PIQF, Ya'll!!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh Poodles.
My friend Ceci and I went to the Pacific International Quilt Festival!
I don't even know where to start.
Where can I start?
Should I tell you about how many GORGEOUS quilts we saw? (over 400) Should I tell you about all the fabulous fabric I bought? (Oh yes)
Should I tell you how exciting it was? How NICE everyone was? How sweet it was to be there with Ceci, who now has the makings of her very first quilt?
I know!
I'll start with my celebrity encounter.
Is it still an "encounter" if you stalk the person?
Dudes, I met... Julie, from Jaybird Quilts!!!!!
I geeked out like a 13 year old at a Twilight premiere. Or like some 40 year olds I know at a Twilight premiere.
And let me tell you...
She is the sweetest, kindest, most adorable person on the planet.
She's just cuter than crap, with a sexy Kathleen Turner voice. (Well you never know what bloggers sound like, do you?) We chatted for a few, and compared camera issues, (which you'll notice in all my blurry pictures) and she graciously posed with me for a picture. She was all fresh and beautiful, and I was sweating like a horse.
Love her blog, love her quilts, and love, love, love her!
Thank you Julie!
So on with the quilts!
I don't even know where to start, so I'll start with the ones that made me squeal.
This first one is "Into the Woods" by Ann E Rauen.
And she's from Santa Cruz! Oowah! Oowah! Local girl made good!
Oh Lord, I hate my camera.
So she's made a calendar crazy quilt. I'm telling you, the detail is unbelievable.
We spent a very long time in front of this quilt, and were still seeing new things.
My pictures just so do not do it justice. It's all embroidery, and ribbon embroidery, and the details!
So gorgeous.
I wish a had another word for "unbelievable".
Look at the bears! LOOK AT THE BEES!!
This must have been silk ribbons, because the sheen was just sooo beautiful.
And these were just the center pieces. The work on the surrounding "crazy" area was intense. We spent a while hunting for the spider webs in her work. They're good luck, you know.
There's puhlenty more, but I did mention something about fabric, didn't I?
Every year we go camping in Pismo Beach, and every year I try to go the 50 miles more to visit The Creation Station.
It never works out.
So when I saw them at the show, I lost my mind and started scooping up fabric the way people scoop up shrimp at a buffet.
Ahhhh... fabric. Now I have to take this inspiration and get to work in the sewing cave.
Up tomorrow: The Dog Lady!


Pokey said...

Cute post, Janice. I have a fellow quilter in my quilting class who blogs, and I feel like she's a celebrity, too. Neat you got to meet Julie!

shabby girl said...

That quilt is AMAZING!!! I wonder how long it took her start to finish? Not that it matters, of course...
I can't wait for the next installment!

Magpie Sue said...

Oh lucky, lucky you to get to go to PIQF!!! I bet you had enough fun for the both of us ;- )

I've been to the big show in Houston a few times (more than a decade ago now) but never to this one. I can just imagine what it must be like... {happy sigh}

jaybird said...

here i am.. catching up on blogs.. and i see my face.. crazyness!! [don't worry..your not a stalker!} keep on quilting!