Thursday was our first full day in Quilt City USA,
and we felt very welcome!
We missed the tour bus due to the rigorous blow drying schedule of my room mates… and phoned for a taxi which came to our hotel very promptly, and delivered us swiftly to the Expo Center for the Quilt Show.
Over 7 hours later we had seen lots of quilts, shopped more vendors than we needed and were done…
I took lots of pictures of quilts but we are asked not to put them on the web without the permission of the maker, which I do not have. Suffice to say there were some beautiful quilts on display, representing the best in the world. I’m sure there will be lots of photographs in the quilting magazines soon, but nothing beats seeing them “up close, and personal”.
I do have a picture of my shopping,
Some hand dyed silk and chiffon, felting needles for my Bernina, titanium needles from Superior threads, silk ribbon, a pattern and a novel. My usual eclectic mix.
Thursday night is Survivor night so we recovered with a high brow line up including Survivor and Grey’s Anatomy. I went to sleep during Private Practice but I probably didn’t miss much.
We were up earlier on Friday morning and were able to catch our tour bus in to town. We walked over to the National Quilt Museum.
The AQS Best of Show winners for the last 25 years were on display, along with a collection of quilts from Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan and the current Quilts from an Old Favorite entries. Wow! There’s no way you could rush past any of those so we took our time and enjoyed every one of them.
We took a few minutes on a bench to recover,
and then we set off to look for lunch at Kirchoff’s Bakery via the Quilt in a Day store.
Then more shopping in town, a trip to Caryl Bryer Fallert’s BryerPatch studio,
before we headed back on a shuttle bus to Hancocks of Paducah
where we had a successful shop, finding some good “bargains” before returning to the hotel on yet another shuttle bus.
There were some fun people on the shuttle buses. Our favorites had to be Barbara and JoAnn from North East Kansas. We caught a lot of bus B’s together… Here they are on their last shuttle ride before heading home…
Friday’s spoils included Eleanor Burn’s latest book, some new “wonder-rulers” and the odd piece of fabric and jelly roll…
We’ll look forward to watching how long it takes to see them all in action.