Sunday, February 24, 2008

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival 2008

If you ever get the chance to go on a bus trip to a quilt show, I highly recommend it! Granted lack of sleep was a problem, the quilts, the shopping and the friendships were worth it all.

We left the little town of Mt. Airy, Maryland with a bus of 53 people for a 4 hour drive to Hampton, Virginia at 6:00 am and returned at 11:oo pm.

I had a very pleasant surprise when I saw Amy for a brief second when I arrived and felt so bummed we didn't get to talk, because I was busy trying to hand out wists bands to our group. I luckily found her mid-day and we talked a little while and she has an awsome husband to bring her down to a show.

I didn't spend much - actually was on a very tight budget and limited, but I got a few things I was specifically looking for. Here's my little new stash of goodies: a new springtime purse (I have been looking over 2 months for one), 2 embroidery cd's from Dalco, 4 packs of crystals, a new crystal gun, the heat holder, 4 fqs (yes, only 4), & 3 patterns.


Now for the quilts. I so enjoy looking and walking around them. Reading what tiny bit of information on each one. I wish though, there was a standard fill out info form for every quilt. I have so many questions and have to just ponder on what the artist was trying to accomplish. Also, kinda wish they would print out programs just for the quilts to remember the information on each. I'm frustated I didn't get the creator or name of the quilts this time.

I did see a few quilts that reminded me of fellow bloggers and friends - - so ya'l were there in spirit. This one reminded me of Kristie:


I was disappointed I only saw one sunflower like quilt and no pirates :( but I still love them all. I think if I could choose just one favorite for the show it would be this impressive one:


As for the Show, it was nice. There were a lot of "artsy" quilts like I had heard, but there was a good balance of traditional as well. I really didn't like how the quilts were displayed in between vendor rows. I think I was spoiled in Houston where they have all the quilts in a more reverent setting in a separate area with minimal lighting and spot lights on the quilts. But the selection of vendors and quilts was very nice and accomplished my personal needs for this show.

I have created an album with all my pictures if you want to see them. Just click here.

I'm strongly considering going to New Jersey's Quilt Show next weekend - only 2 hours away from me and it's also payday weekend and I wanted to get a few more things I saw this weekend, that I can only get from the vendor. I plan to call the vendor to be sure they have a booth first :D

I'm still pooped, but had a nice quiet Sunday to recovered somewhat from yesterday.

Manic Mondays will return tomorrow.....


  1. Your trip to the quilt show sounds like ours to the Chicago quilt show in April -- lots of people on a bus, 4 hours each way. But it's great to be able to go! Hope you get to the one in Jersey!

  2. I have never even thought about going to New Jersey... (But I do try to go to all 3 in Pa.)

    I got that cat pattern too!

  3. Sounds like you had a blast!!! Love all of your goodies! And of course, I love the cowboy boot quilt! I still need to get mine quilted!