Friday, October 23, 2015

Day one of the 2015 show is in the books

What glorious weather we had for the show today! The last three weekends we have had rain and gray skies for the Fall festivals that go on in Union County this time of year. The heavenly quilters must have been watching over us, because it was a fine start to a wonderful show.
The entrance of the venue was transformed by the decorations from a gymnasium to a swanky show venue.

Just past the admissions table is the raffle quilt. I hope I win it, but could make one, if I don't. I didn't realize Sue's eyes were closed or I would have taken a second picture. Sorry, Sue!

My friend Kay was in the house today, so I got her to pose by her fabulous quilts. Pay attention, ladies, she is one to watch. There is another quilt of hers in Houston right now. She is such a talented artist...I wish I had one tenth of her skill with light and shadow.

First place...
Second Place
And her stunning first place quilt from the Paducah show
Another favorite of mine came from my new friend, Debbie! Look at this eye popper...
I have round quilt envy!!
The cool thing about the show is that the vendors are on a balcony above the show floor. It gave a different perspective to the entire experience. You could spy on people from afar...aha!

I spy Nelda and Debbie in the Heart to Heart booth!

Here are some ladies taking photos of my alphabet quilt
Before going home for the night, I did catch up with Kate, and tell her how much I loved her scrap quilt. These kinds of quilts really speak to me. I think they will be the quilts people are still using and loving a generation from now. The beautiful artsy show quilts are exciting, but the subtly hued, scrappy quilts will always be the ones your family cherishes. I'll keep making them and giving them away to be used and loved, while my show quilts will be folded and stored away, and really not too appreciated by my kids like the utility quilts are. I hope this makes sense to you all out there. I love making show quilts, but I really love making the simple, scrappy quilts for family and friends.

My favorite quilt in the show, Crosses in all Colors, by Katie Dawes

Bees, tropical flowers, men's shirting, tone on tone....everything but the kitchen sink!

Tomorrow, I will be there again, but not until we take a trip to the Farmer's Market for the Master Gardener's plant sale. Long day expected; we are signed up for the take down after the show. Good thing I made loads of spaghetti will save me from cooking duty tomorrow!

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