I’ve been to the AQS quilt show at Paducah, KY this week. On Tuesday, I drove down and met up with friends from back home. We hit Hancock’s, then went to Eleanor Burns, then to downtown. My friends, Betty and Steve Cummings from the Village Mercantile quilt shop in Boonville, IN were vending in the downtown area. I hung out with them a bit and saw the fiber art show across the street at the Yeiser Art Center. We spent the night at Drury Inn and Suites which graciously provided us with dinner of pizza and salad, baked potatoes with the trimmings, nacho chips and drinks, as well as breakfast the next morning. It’s a great place to stay.
Wednesday morning we left for the quilt show. The one major thing I noticed about the show was the extremely high quality of a lot of the quilts. I think this year, the competition must have been much stiffer to get in, just because there were so many high quality quilts. I roamed through the vendors, finally finding the ones I really needed to find (that would be Pro-Chem for dyes). In the afternoon, I went to the Embellishment Village booth and worked for Greg and Betty Blais, doing Angelina demos. Met up with my friends for a great Mexican dinner and then found my new “hotel” for the night, staying with a very nice couple for the night. I then worked again for Embellishment Village on Thursday and came home that night. I didn’t buy much. My work for Embellishment Village paid for a few things I wanted to stock up on for my own booth. I got some new Botanicals stencils, new Angelina colors, the new Happy Holidays rubbing plates from Cedar Canyon Textiles. I also stocked up on glitter towers and foiling glue and patterns.
For myself, I purchased Kerr Grabowski’s dvd on Deconstructed Screen Printing. After watching it yesterday, I am anxious to get to work! This morning I am working on printing silk scarves. It feels good to be getting back in the creative mode!