I was up in Portland for a couple of days for work and managed to sneak in a quick trip to the Quilt Expo there -- I had never been before and there were some interesting quilts and some not so much...
The set-up was odd: alternating rows of quilts and vendors rather than the more usual sections of quilts and sections of vendors. The vendor aisles were spacious, but many of the quilt aisles were narrow and crowded, and it was hard to step back to get perspective.
This was one of my absolute favorites -- it's Oregon Grape
by Jill Hoddick of Portland.
And this is Blue Jay by Sonia Grasvik of Seattle
the construction of these feathers is amazing!
Here is Danse Arabe by Marie Spadoro of Centerville, MA
And Raspberry Pie by Hedda Wright of Battleground, WA. Yum!
The quilts seemed to be arranged according to which guild the maker belonged to; my overall favorites were from the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, although that display was all jammed together as though it was hung last and the crew had run out of room! This is a sampler called Graphic made by members of the Portland Modern, from a set of solids provided by Michael Miller Fabrics -- definitely the coolest and most interesting sampler I've ever seen.
All in all, I'm happy to have gone, but not sure I'd make a special trip up there just for the show.