I spent yesterday at the AQS Grand Rapids show. For the first time ever, I signed up for a bus trip instead of driving. You can’t beat the price, but it’s a trade-off in flexibility and comfort. As I get older and chose to drive less I imagine it will be a more attractive option.
The show wasn’t very crowded, much like the Columbus NQA show in June. I hate to admit it, but we have too many shows in this area (Columbus, Cincinnati, Chicago & Grand Rapids). I don’t know anyone that goes to all of them. I expect we’ll lose a few in the next couple years. Personally, I enjoy the smaller crowds, but then I’m not a vendor.
You see very little hand-quilting at major shows anymore. Machine quilting has become an art. How times have changed.
A Diane Gaudynski quilt was displayed next to a couple other wholecloth quilts, and I now understand why she is the queen. Somehow her combination of fabrics and thread result in crisper, cleaner quilting. Good to know.
I did make purchases at the show, including fabric.
I’m in love with the Material Obsession blog and the quilts they make in their shop. In my own way, I plan to give it a try. I won the Quilt Art calendar as a bus door prize. The Christmas book came out of the $5 book booth. I love Christmas designs that don’t focus on Santa and gifts.
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Fabric In: 3 1/4 yard
Fabric Out: 8 3/8 yards