I am back from a wonderful four days of classes and quilts at the AQS Show in Charlotte. Oh, wow!! The classes were wonderful, and there were about 500 quilts to see, between the 182 judged quilts, Winner’s Gallery, AQS Authors exhibit, Quilted in Honor exhibit, Egyptian Applique exhibit, the SAQA Masters Exhibit and Modern Quilts challenge exhibit.
I was absolutely floored to find my quilt, Purple Summer Bliss, on the front row facing the entrance!! How exciting is that!! Traditional Bed Quilts were the 100 series, so we were up front.
Walking into the show past the AQS banners, you look to the right and there it is!
Here is a little closer look with its neighbor.
There is just so much to share that I cannot do it in one post. I took mostly longarm classes on designs, fills, borders, grids and more, and much of what I learned is applicable to both longarming and DSM quilting. While I cannot share copyrighted material from the classes, I’ll give you some of the pearls of wisdom I picked up along the way in a couple of posts. The first one is this – marking is essential for quilting beautiful designs. I have been reluctant to mark quilts because I wasn’t sure about the tools, but I purchased several that will help me. I got a water erasable pen and a fine line chalk marker, along with a pounce pad chalk marker and several stencils. Don’t be afraid, just mark!
One of the really wonderful things about the longarm classes is you get to try out what you learn on a real longarm. Then you get to take your practice piece home. I have four now, and plan to load each one and do more practice.
While I was wandering around the vendor area, I heard a commotion and went to see what it was all about. The AQS staff were doing random door prizes! As I stood there watching, the question was thrown out – How many people were taking classes? About a half dozen of us raised our hands, including me. Then each person was asked, how many classes were you taking? One, two, one, one, two, then me – five. I won!! They handed me a heavy, large, hardback book, and as I turned it to the front, it was a Kaffe Fassett book called Dreaming in Color. I know a lot of you out there like him, so I am going to give away this $40 brand new hardback to a lucky winner on the blog!
NOTE UPDATE 8/6/14: Sorry, this giveaway is now closed. See this post for the winner.
Just leave a comment on this post saying what you like about Quilt Shows, small or large, and I will use a random number generator to pick a winner. If you follow me, leave a second comment stating how you follow for a second entry. Share this post on any social media including Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or wherever for a third entry, just leave an additional comment on how you shared. You have until Wednesday August 6th at 11:59 pm to enter. I’ll do the drawing on Thursday and email the winner for an address. Yes, international entries welcome!
As before with giveaways, I will not respond personally to the comments, but know I will read and appreciate each and every one. I may add a number to them as we go to make the winner easier to find as WordPress doesn’t number comments. Good luck!! More about the show next time.