Our committee took a year to plan this show, and the careful attention to every detail showed. From golf cart shuttles from the parking lots, to superb food at a reasonable price in the back kitchen, you could spend the whole day here and enjoy the quilts, the boutique, the vendors and the bookstore. There were almost 200 quilts on display, over that if you count all the ones the vendors were showing. The gorgeous blue and white one up front was our raffle quilt. Right up front on the left, just behind the Best of Show was Scrap Dance Twist.
Twist didn’t win any ribbons, but it did get some votes in the viewer’s choice survey. I have a feeling that my pickleball buddies did that.
The committee was still hanging ribbons on quilts and changing out numbers for the name placards when I found my miniature Jeweled Fans had a third place ribbon! I was so excited! The judge was very complementary too, saying “choice of pastel fabrics in pieced blocks very effective, piecing very well done, cornerstone blocks are an added design element”. That design element was in the original Carol Doak pattern. She dinged me for my corners not being 90-degrees and some back-stitching wobbles in the quilting of the borders.
For Rooster Parade, the judge made note of the mitered borders, and the use of color. My biggest problem seems to be that my edges aren’t straight. How this happens I do not know, as I cut them off with a rotary cutter before binding. But, I can see here that the corners tend to bow out, which I think was a result of the mitered corners, and getting the print right.
For Twinkle Twinkle Pumpkin Star, she liked the beige stars against the midnight blue sky. Points were deducted for some star points not being as precise as others.
Ah, but no matter. The fun began again when I found Scrap Dance Pachanga had a third place ribbon!
The ribbon is hard to see with the colors in the quilt, and I know you want to see it! The judge liked the colors and pattern design that has movement within the quilt. She also liked the curved quilting to soften the hard angles.
I went to work on our longarm association booth along with friends Kathleen and Brenda who also brought quilt stands. We got it all set up in about an hour. Manning it for the two days of the show, we took shifts handing out our website cards to potential clients and potential new members. I had a number of my projects for sale, and the little purple basket on the stand was full of handmade cards. I had a good response, selling 7 quilts and table runners, and all but 3 of my stamped greeting cards. The quilts on stands on the right are mine, and used to demonstrate pantograph quilting and semi-custom quilting. The gorgeous Christmas Garden quilt at the back was Brenda’s, and used to demonstrate full custom quilting. The table has my Chocolate Cherries quilt.
Visitors could take in the Quilts of Valor display hanging from the balcony railing. There was one that I quilted in the display, right in the middle – remember the panel surrounded by blocks? The table also had the pattern for the small quilt behind the desk.
Scrap Dance Pachanga was hanging near the back, so friends looking for my quilts had to walk the whole show, LOL! While I was walking around looking for particular quilts I needed to photograph for the guild, I had several ladies stop me in the aisle to tell me they were blog readers. This is such a thrill for me! And then a group of gals from the Landrum guild where I did a program came and made sure to say hello. I’ll be visiting them again in July. Thank you for coming!!
The quilts were so inspiring. Gorgeous work! I may have to make a triptych like the one on the right here. It was lovely in greens with dimensional yellow ginkgo leaves and branches.
Here’s another look at the show floor. My Twinkle Twinkle Pumpkin Star is on the upper left. I didn’t have time to take a lot of close up photos of individual quilts, but I hope you enjoy these wide shots.
Yes, I had to shop in the bookstore, and came home with six new titles. All of them looked brand new, and they only cost $2 each. Score!!
I’ll let you know what I think of these as I have time to get into them. I have several pieces left over from the booth, and I’ll get those ready for a sample sale soon. There was so much inspiration at the show, and I am looking forward to having some time to create again.
Do you enjoy quilt shows?