(And, at the end, walking back up all those stairs).
The quilts are displayed front and center, with the "quilt market surrounding on three sides.
Over the years I have discovered that the best viewing time is toward the end of the show and toward the end of the day.
These are made by different groups with a theme, each block by one quilter. The names of the contributors are posted on the wall next to each quilt.
Not sure what theme this was....
And one more with a lot of detail applique.
Mary Cesar comes all the way from Hawaii and can be found at "B-30" every year.
This is the second year she is marketing her basting glue, perfect for holding Hawaiian applique in place with only a few touches, and washes out completely.
In the center behind the competition quilts, was an area occupied by about 8 well-known quilters.
This area had the work of Keiko Goke.
Some were manned by their "deshi" or disciples, and at some, the featured quilter was meeting with crowds of fans and engaged in demonstrations.
She has her own line of fabrics.
She has out many quilt magazines and videos demonstrating making bags and Hawaiian applique.
I honestly don't know when she finds time to do all the quilting.
(That is better than other years)
One area that did not, was the special exhibit,
"Tales of Two Ladies", an exhibit of Tasha Tudor and Lucy Boston.
I have made two quilts inspired by a quilt made by Lucy Boston that I saw many years ago in a British Fair.
I was happy to see that quilt again. It as made up of elongated hexagons and I had drawn them in a sketch book years ago and drafted the pattern. I was interested to see after all the passing years, she had made her hexagons a much larger size. Maybe I need to re-visit my drawing with a larger scale in mind.
Inspiration for "Star Crossed" and "Double Crossed" and maybe another try???
It was nice to see in again!
There was a lot to see here ... and if you are a shopper, a lot to buy.
Makers of machines had areas set up for demonstrating and trying.
Clover has tons of products, as do other manufacturers that cater to quilters. I took my karisma pencil that was having problems holding the white lead back to the booth and the gentleman kindly scouted out the cause of the problem and showed me how to fix it, should it occur again. (and I didn't have to buy anything)!
More to follow.... (Much more)!