It's already been two weeks since I returned from my annual trip to the National Quilting Association Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio. I have been attending the show for the past four years. Besides being close enough to drive to, I find the show offers much for the average quilter interested in the National and International scene. NQA has hosted a quilt show since it’s inception in the late 1970’s. It is the only national quilt show that does not award monetary prizes, so entries are not juried into the show. The first 400 quilts are accepted.
I entered a quilt into the judged show for the first time, this year. I know that my machine quilting needs work, but I felt that the pictorial quilt of my granddaughter was one of my better made quilts. So, why not enter it in the show. Here I am standing beside my quilt at the show.
I also entered the SewBatik Challenge for the second year in a row. My Applique Compass is pictured in my previous post.
My friend, Kendra, attended the show with me. We arrived in Columbus on Thursday afternoon and checked into our hotel, before attending the Thursday Night Gathering. We enjoyed a delicious meal, while chatting with other quilters. Paula Nadelstern was the guest speaker. She described her two bedroom apartment in The Bronx where she does all her stitching, and the process of designing a kaleidoscope quilt. Friday, we attended a class taught by Bettina Havig, making a Lone Star quilt. Strip piecing and cutting 45 degree strips wasn’t so bad, but matching the diamond points while stitching them together is a bit more difficult. Kendra got all eight of her center point diamonds completed. Overachiever! We also attended two free lectures, one on the Gee’s Bend quilters and the other on designing your own machine quilting designs from templates.
Browsing through the quilts provided a plethora of colorful fabric and designs. I am always amazed at the creations of other quilters. And, of course, we did a fair share of shopping. Books, notions, and vintage items are some of my favorite vendors. My biggest purchase was Aurifil thread. We do not have a LQS that sells the brand, so I stocked up on some much needed colors. I suppose that I could shop online, but I really like to look at the colors. I also purchased a Jennifer Chiaverini book that I missed reading, The Union Quilters, and a CD that has over 150 quilt label designs to print on Transfer Artist Paper (TAP).
I would recommend the NQA show to anyone that enjoys a large quilt show venue. Anyone interested in attending with me next year?