This has been a busy weekend! The activity has definitely been quilt related, but I haven't been quilting.
Saturday was our quilt guild's first "hung" quilt show. We have had two quilt shows in the past - 2 and 4 years ago respectively, but they were a version of "show and tell". A hung show is definitely a lot more work, but well worth the results.
We had 142 quilts entered. It is surprising that we never asked our members for any quilts in particular, we never jurried the quilts into the show, and yet we received 142 very different and distinct quilts--all wonderful quality!
We received several favorable comments during the show from visitors.
Along with the quilts that were displayed, we had a vendor's mall: 3 quilt shops, 1 yarn shop, and several of our members had tables including a bear maker. We sold tickets on a raffle quilt - proceeds support purchasing supplies for our We Care program. We had several door prizes--your door prize ticket was included in your admission to the show. We also sold tickets on draws that were made each hour for lovely gift baskets that were chock full of fabric, patterns, kits, coupons for oil changes, travel mugs, Jim Shore ornaments, etc. Some of our members and the local chapter of the Applique Society provided ongoing demonstrations. We also had a tea room where you could purchase sandwiches, crackers and cheese, and sweets to have with your coffee and tea.
The last count I heard was over 350 visitors for the day (not including our own guild members)!
I was involved in the set up of the show on Friday afternoon / evening and was working at the show all day Saturday including take down of the quilts and frames and clean up at the end of the day. I was exhausted today and would have enjoyed sleeping in. This morning I should have been able to sleep an extra hour because of the time change but no one informed Joey of the arrangement so he was up as usual--at 5:30 am! If Joey is up, I soon have to get up because when he is hungry he doesn't leave me alone until I have fed him!
Enjoy the last of the pictures from the show and join me in congratulating the PieceMakers for a very successful show!