Friday, May 29, 2009

Nordic Quilt Festival 2009

Greetings! Last weekend, several of us from
our local quilt guild, drove to Göteborg, Sweden, to experience the Nordic Quilt Festival. We had a wonderful time, viewing the fabulous exhibits, spending lots of cash at the great quilt shops (ouch!!) and just taking in the beautiful sights of Göteborg!
I also discovered a scrap-booking shop and went a little over-board!! Is it possible to have TOO many hobbies??!!!! Hmmm...I sometimes wonder!!!

Anyways!!! Here are some photos from the festival....way too many to show here, but these are some of my favorites!!!


I was also very happy to be able to meet some "blog friends", Hanne and May Britt! I found them amidst the fantastic Norwegian display of quilts and we had a nice chat together! I can assure you that they are just as delightful in person as they are on their blogs! ;o)

Another pleasant surprise, was meeting these nice ladies (below) from Iceland! I am very sorry that I have forgotten your names, but please know that I enjoyed our chat so very much! One of their guild members, Anna Margrét, is a dear friend of mine and it was nice that I could send greetings back to Iceland to her via these ladies!

The Icelandic exhibition, by the way, was just super!! Thanks for sharing!

There were also lots of "Dear Jane-inspired" quilts on display!
Of course, being a Janiac myself, I am a bit partial to them!!

Dear Jane, awesome in reds!!

This lovely quilt caught my eye at once! It's a wonderful sampler made with the centre block of the Dear Jane quilt, G8 - Indianapolis!!
I remember G8 distinctly,
as it was my first hand-pieced Jane Stickle block!

Fantastic quilt. The appliqué is just exquisite!
It was pointed out to me that May Britt is pictured somewhere in this work!
Can you see her?!

Ah, there she is!! Busy sewing, as usual!!!

I'll sign off with a few more photos from the exhibit!
Not enough room here to post as many as I'd like to, but I hope you get a good idea of the quality of these inspirational creations!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Mary Ann

PS: I'd love to be able to give credit to the artists of these quilts, so if you know who they are, please let me know!!
Thanks! Mary Ann


karenfae said...

Mary Ann looks like you had a great time and so nice to have met up with blog friends as well. The quilts are wonderful!

Dolores said...

This was wonderful. Thank you for sharing your experience.

May Britt said...

It was so nice to meet you too :)
We had a some great days in Sweden and I look forward to 2012 when NQT is in Aalborg Denmark. We'll be there

Lynda said...

Lovely to see some photos of you. The quilts at the exhibition we truly wonderful. Am looking forward ot Sydney's Quilt Show in 11 days.

Anonymous said...

It was a shame that I could be there this year, I was in Holland.
Looks that you had a great time, and lovely quilts.
Thank you for showing the quilts.
Greetings Johanna from Sweden

Hanne said...

Hi Mary Ann :-)
It was so nice to meet you too, and I hope it will be less than 3 years until we meet again :-)

ranette said...

Thank you so much for sharing...I enjoy looking at every one of the photos. I'm glad you had a great time and were able to meet up with blogging friends. How fun!!!

Stina said...

Glad you had a great time in Sweden!!! Sorry i
couldn´t be there and see you!!! That wouls have been fun!! :o)

Anonymous said...

Goodness, those are some BEAUTIFUL quilts! How nice you could go and meet up with fellow bloggers.

I was in Goteborg last summer myself, and it is a lovely city. Thanks for sharing!

Veronica said...

Hello. I love your works, am from Argentina invite you to my blog, a fondness Vero

Celine said...

Hi Mary Ann,

I arrived on your blog from your signature on your message on the DJ list. Lucky you to leave in lovely Denmark! I love this country. Looks like you had a good time at the exhibition. I enjoyed reading your blog and have added it to my list of blogs to follow!
Celine in UK

Redwork in Germany said...

Thank you for sharing this, I would loved to see the red Jane life! I can't wait to see your finished quilt the top looks great. I opened a flickr group for finished Jane A. Stickle quilts you may want to add a picture of your finished quilt then. And do you have more "Jane" pictures from the Nordic Quilt Festival...Best wishes, etja