Georgia Quilt Show — wow.

I’m here at the Georgia Quilt Show and yesterday, I was able to view about 20% of the quilts before I did a demo. The quilts are so great, I could’ve stopped there and gone home happy. Lucky for me, there were even more quilts to see.

There’s a whole exhibit of Quilty magazine quilts, an incredible competition quilt gallery, and other cool mini-galleries, like those for the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild and for 15 Minutes of Play, Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s awesome quilt-making method.

Chicago Modern Quilt Guild mini-gallery!
Chicago Modern Quilt Guild mini-gallery!
"Little Black Dress," by Mary Fons (that's me!) featured in Quilty magazine this year.
“Little Black Dress,” by Mary Fons (that’s me!) featured in Quilty magazine this year.

As much as you can, as often as you can, go to quilt shows. Big ones, little ones, whichever ones you can get to and whatever fits into your budget, make it happen. Quilt shows are inspiring, both artistically and technically speaking. You might get great ideas from Quilt X and Quilt Z, and be moved to create “perfect” patchwork when you see Quilt A. All of this is good. 

And of course, here at the Georgia Quilt Show, there are classes, workshops, vendors — all sorts of things that we quilt geeks love. There are friends here, too, and familiar faces. A big crowd, too!

Thanks, Georgia Quilt Show — and every other quilt show going on right now, both big and small.

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About Mary Fons

Mary Fons hails from a prominent quilt mafia family. A professional writer and performer, Mary co-hosted the nationally-airing PBS program "Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting" along with her mom, famed quilter and educator Marianne Fons. In 2010, Mary began hosting Quilty, an online show offered weekly on In 2012, Mary became editor of Quilty magazine. She holds a Theater Arts BA from the University of Iowa.

3 thoughts on “Georgia Quilt Show — wow.

  1. Mary, I was there on Thursday and it was my first quilt show ever. Definitely not my last. I loved seeing your quilts! You are a huge inspiration to me as a very new quilter! Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration. I loved your description of my favorite quilt I saw of yours (I can’t remember the name-sorry). It’s the one that you put in a few red blocks. You said that was a zen experience for you. It’s inspired me to finally finish the quilt I’ve been working on and not stressing out over the placement. So, thanks! Have fun!!!

  2. Fun quilt Mary! I like the way the red squares on point seem to poke out into the edges. The pattern reminds me of the old one “Cracker” with a modern flare! The name of the quilt just adds to the fun! Thanks for sharing!