I’ve been chalking up a lot of “new” things in my quilting world this summer especially. New patterns, new quilt designs. This past weekend I went to my first AQS Quilt Show, a national quilt show, in Charlotte, NC. Despite the 13 hour drive each way, the 3 days spent in between the drives was very nice. We stayed with family.
We went to the show on Saturday and stayed for about 3-4 hours, meandering through the exhibits and the vendors. Being the last day of the show, it was not very busy, so there was plenty of room without getting bumped or having to wait. Being held at the Charlotte Convention Center, it was H-U-G-E. It was sort of a disadvantage for me, personally, as I have difficulty walking (even though I was using a rolling walker with a seat thingy). I do think we (my hubby came with) got to see every display.
The photos in the slideshow are some of the favorites that both my husband I and took photos of. There were many, many more on display. At first it was overwhelming, then we settled in to a routine of going slowly, sitting for a few minutes, visiting the drinking fountains often, and continuing on. We looked at ALL of the displays before ever going near the vendors!
The displays were gorgeous, as you can see by some of our photos. One disappointment for me was there were considerably fewer actual bed size quilts than wall hangings. There were approximately 50 quilts, but over 200+ wall hangings of varying sizes. The groups of displays were spaced out so far for the quantity of quilts/walls hangings that were entered. It seemed like the warehouse-size room in the basement of the Convention Center was way too big for so “few” displays… but then again, when we were there, there were much fewer people.
There were a LOT of vendors. The entire center of the area was drowning in vendors. It was fun to see all the things that I don’t ordinarily see in magazines or quilt shops. Having very little money to shop with was a problem, but my husband did purchase a nice pair of Dresden Plate silver earrings for me, after knowing what I’d recently gone through to make a Dresden Plate of my own. That made it that more special. I had anticipated the vendors possibly dropping some of their prices, since it was the last hours of the last day of the Charlotte show. That was not to be. Indeed, I did not find any “deals” or price chops at any of the vendors.
By the way, remember that purple Dresden Plate quilted pillow I made for my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday? She loved it. After opening the bag it came in and enjoying it momentarily, she put it back in the bag and went to put it in her purse ~ which is where she puts everything that she especially loves and wants to keep close to her. (Mom has dementia, and did not realize the pillow would most likely not FIT into her purse. But that’s okay)
So, that’s the story behind my first adventure to a national quilt show. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my photos. Hope you enjoyed your visit.
God bless ~ Tamara Eckstadt