1. Survived the avalanche at Obie's! Ha! (If you've been there.....you know!) It was only 6 bolts that fell on me, so it wasn't too bad! lol
2. Shop hopped like crazy at all the great spots! Burkholder's and Sauder's were my two favorite spending spots! Great deals, and the girls at Burkholder's were the most efficient fabric cutters I've ever seen anywhere!
3. Ate some really good food! If you go, don't miss Shady Maple smorgasbord, Jennie's Diner (awesome french toast!), Katie's Diner (Amish run, and the Amish Peanut Butter spread is SO good!), Diener's Restaurant, and in Lancaster city, a couple blocks from the show is the indoor Farmer's Market.....had a couple yummy Greek cookies.....I was very happy!
4. Saw a wonderful exhibition of quilts at the Museum upstairs at the Old Country Store. And the gift shop (truly beautiful items) had so many amazing books on antique quilts from Schiffer publishing. I guess I hadn't paid much attention before, but their books are beautiful.
5. Got to meet up with Maureen from Pursuit of Quilts Blog! She was at the show with a bus tour, and had only a few hours to see the show before they headed to Zooks, so I was really glad she took a few moments out to find me! Sweet! So great to see you again, Maureen!
6. Saw some really amazing quilts at the shows! The AQS show, of course, does not want you to publish any pics of the quilts.....(Boohoo face!)......but I went through my pics, and found several of my favorites that have links elsewhere on the net......so I've linked them at the end of this post, so you can see them easily! Ha!
We went to some great lectures at the show given by Pat Delaney, Alex Anderson and Suzanne Swenson. The All Star Review was nothing more than a commercial, and so poorly organized and set up that I will be sending AQS a comment! (If you are going to a future show, don't waste your money on the All Star Review!) But everything else was great!
We saw a wonderful slideshow presentation from Jenny Bowker on the Tentmakers of Cairo. She is the curator of the Egyptian exhibit, and there was a fantastic display and sale of their work on the 3rd floor, as well as two of the men working away on pieces! Awesome!
There were also the quilts and vendors at the Continental Inn and Lancaster Host Resort out on Rt 30. Sue Reich had a wonderful display of antique signature quilts, and in the lobby of the Inn were some amazing antique quilts, as well. I have pics of some of those below!
I, of course, did not take any pics of any Amish folk, so there are no photos of the Gordonville Mud Sale (huge Amish Auction) that we went to on Saturday! Really fun......and I wish we had been in a bigger vehicle, cuz I would have bid on some of the furniture there! (Note to self....next time, bring a U-Haul!) They were auctioning off 650 quilts, and the girls handling the quilts have it down to a science! Totally fun to watch! The next day, we hit the Renninger's Antiques & Flea Market.....fun to walk through, but again.....no space in the car for any big purchases! lol
Oh.......and between the 3 of us......we purchased 234.25 yards of fabric!!!!! HOLY COW!!!! And yes.....I WAS THE WINNER....with 85.75 yards! HA! And here it is, in all it's glory!
The solids in front made up over 30 yards! But they were just such a great price.....I had to get them! All the rest are mostly 1 to 2 yard cuts of repros......I hate getting just a smidge of anything, especially when it's such a great print and ALL were purchased at a major discount!! I know I'll use it......someday! lol
Look at that great pillar print with the eagle! LOVE IT!
I just couldn't pass up charm packs with repro chrome/cheddar/purple and all blacks in the other! So hard to find and yummy!
This pile of wool was purchased before we ever left Maine! HA! Couldn't pass it up, either! All big remnants at $2 to $4 a piece! Awesome!!! I think I'm just about ready to start some wool projects! :o)
Here are a couple of the signature quilts that Sue Reich was showing across the street at the Host Resort. Her tour of her quilts was wonderful, and so informative!
Simple Elegance by Margaret Ferguson
Sam's Owl by Barbara Korengold
Trees AND Tree of Life by Tim Latimer
Rainbow Nouveau AND Meet Me at Giverny by Margaret Solomen Gunn
Masquerade by Birgit Schueller (BEST Longarm Workmanship award)
All Around the Town by Teresa Rawson
Tennessee Treasures by Linda M. Roy (BEST Hand Workmanship award)
Sampling the Silk Road by Christine Wickert (BEST of Show award)
Zebra by Lisa Gorski
Desert's Glory by Lois Podolny (BEST Machine Workmanship award)
Doormats #1 by Marcia DeCamp
Flourish on the Vine by Kathy K. Wylie
Tangerine Dream by Karen Watts
And this was my hubby's 'little joke' when I returned......the poor man was left to suffer with paper plates and cups for 10 days! HA! I sure missed him!
I've finished unpacking, petting new fabric, doing my laundry, and food shopping! Tonight.......I'm sewing!