Quilt Show Overload

I’ve been meaning to post that the Sacred Threads exhibit opened this past weekend. If any of my readers live on the East Coast, this should be a wonderful exhibit. In addition, they have a lot of fun activities planned to coincide with it. On the first morning of the show I got an unexpected call. Someone wanted to buy one of the quilts I entered! What an unexpected surprise! Its not so much about the money, but more about the thought that someone else appreciated my work.

In the meantime, things have been keeping me busy around here, planning for some quilt shows that are coming up. I don’t think I mentioned it, but my BF and I have been planning for a while to attend the International Quilt Festival in Houston! We had our hotel and plane reservations made, but this past week we have spent a lot of time going over all the many class offerings. For me, there are lots of things to consider. Do I really want to learn a new technique? (nowadays the answer to that is usually no.) I enjoy spending plenty of time looking at the quilts in the exhibit, and I also really enjoy looking at what the vendors have brought to tempt me. So I don’t want to spend all the time in class. And since we have never been to Houston, exactly how much time will that take? So, I decided to mostly sign up for lectures. There were some excellent teachers and topics listed. Then, kind of at the last minute, I discussed with my BF whether I should take a long arm class. She is a long arm quilter extraordinaire. I have used her Gammil several times. And the idea of getting my own (smaller) long arm machine creeps into my thoughts fairly frequently… So I looked over all the times and topics, and discussed the various teachers with BF, and finally signed up for one. Now to wait and see whether I get into these classes.

At almost the same time, the information came out about the Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon West! Well, I really wanted to go to that. I signed up the morning that class registration opened, and already Gwen Marston’s classes were full! Its a long ways off, so I might still get into those classes. I will get to hear her lecture anyways. I have taken a class with her, and heard her speak several times. I just enjoy her.

And then coming up soonest of all is Pacific International Quilt Show. This is actually the closest show to me, and I enjoy visiting it every year. But this year, since I am going to Houston, I was only going to go for one day. Then I saw on their flyer that Allyson Allen is teaching and lecturing there. I saw her exhibit several years ago, of quilts about slavery. I can’t really tell you how very deeply those quilts affected me. Here is a link to a youtube video of Allyson speaking about her quilts. So I know I really want to go and be able to listen to her lecture.

All these things cost money, I am sure you know. I am researching VRBO for places to stay during QuiltCon. And I am checking Hotwire for deals on hotels near to PIQF.

In the meantime, I still need to water the garden. In case any of you don’t read my other blog, here is the latest project–a patchwork path!

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And here is another creative way to use one of my too-many-quilts.

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2 thoughts on “Quilt Show Overload

  1. You made a good choice regarding Houston-don’t spend too much time in class unless you have a specific agenda. I’m going to QuiltCon and went right away for Gwen’s class and it was already filled. Dang! I’ll see you in Houston, QuiltCon and PIQF!

  2. Attended Sacred Threads today and saw your lovely quilts. They are such an inspiration. Thanks for the beautiful pieces.

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