At the last minute, Phil decided he could join me for the quilt show. The biggest reason being that we have just a few more weeks that JP will be here to be in charge of chores. A weekend for Phil to be away was very good. A weekend to have him to myself and not pulled to work was wonderful, too.
He’s never been to a quilt show and was only “there” about an hour but at least he has seen a small international show. Plus he filled in as a great photographer so I wasn’t bugging the ladies walking by.
It was funny since it was finally something for my work and he was on vacation. Trust me, I’ve been to plenty of farm shows and the Farm Progress Show a few times to have earned him 1 weekend at a quilt show!!
First off when we arrived, Phil dropped me off and then wandered the very pretty town along a lake until hotel check-in time. Not signing up for classes until 2 days before this (none were full), I only aimed for a class with my favorite teacher, Sue Patten. One on Friday and one on Saturday. Perfect!
The Friday class was hands-on. She would teach us the designs on our hand-outs and then we were moved to the machines to quilt them out. We were 2 to a machine to give socializing and help back & forth.
Left side is my partner’s and I’m on the right side. We had just done the first 3 designs on our paper.
At the end of class, Sue was sharing some business and quilting tips and she talked about her 9 months on the road teaching. When she lamented she doesn’t get time to play, I suggested she play on our piece and she did! 😉 At the end of class, we all got to keep our pieces and cut it in half for each of us. It is a good sample to have.
In the midst of the 2 – 6 p.m. class, Phil checked in and sent me a text that our king suite room had a whirlpool, too!! NICE!! What a nice business trip I took him on!
Lobby of hotel, our whirlpool, and our 2nd room.
The next day was rise & shine early as I had my class with Sue at 8 a.m.!!! WAH on having to get up with an alarm and missing one more time to soak in the pool but the class was great!
This Saturday morning class was with Sue Patten and Patti from Quilter’s Rule. They would play with the same template and come up with vastly different designs. Sue is more modern in her quilting which I like and Patti worked in a more traditional mode.
Sue is left and Patti to the right with the hat. Patti’s design on the bottom left and Sue’s are both on the right.
Here are some of the quilts and a photo down the row of a show. This one is a smaller show with about 8 rows like this. (My President’s quilt is the front right.)
I found Claudia Pfeil chatting with others about her quilt. I got to say hi after she was done and she is so kind and even remembered me from last year. (She is in peach.)
Me with the 2 quilts I had at the show. It was just fun to show & I was pleased to get judges’ comments for the first time. I never expected to place. Not at this level!
And Brenda from SL lives nearby so came to see my quilts and what a quilt show is like. (She is a knitter!) What a treat that was and I was honored she came over. We walked the show and had lunch together. Then walked through the vendor hall together.
It is a great weekend and super place for machine quilting classes. This was a new venue and whereas the hotel was nicer than last year’s, there were a few slip-ups they had. Poor lighting in the show room and then had to close the show 3 hours early for a wedding that night. NOT GOOD!! I had a friend drive up (didn’t know she was coming) just in time for them to close it. I was glad I was there earlier.
Fun! And thanks, Brenda, for coming to see me!!
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