At one quilting / quilt show, I saw this group. They are creating quilts for soldiers. The group is the Quilts of Valor Foundation. I think they are doing something really nice for the soldiers. I have seen photos of the quilts and they are really nice. I have seen the display at the quilt show. I think it is good to help others who put their lives on the line to help us.
I have been to this show this year. There was a lot of really nice quilts there and vendors selling quilting related items. There were vendors selling squares, sewing machines, patterns, kits and quilting tools.
At the show, I picked the schedule for 2017. It will be from September 29 to 30 of 2017. It is from 9 AM to 4 PM. It is located at Hope Church at 11 Hale Street, Newburyport MA. Admission is $8 with childredn under 12 free. I think it is very reasonable. It is handicap accessible with ample parking.
The list of what is happening (taken from the pamphlet) is:
1 - Over 150 quilts on display
2 - challenge quilts
3 - professionally judged
4 - boutique
5 - raffle
6 - unique vendors
7 - demonstrations
8 - fabulous food
9 - special exhibits
While one does not normally associate quilting as a guy thing, I decided to give it a try. I have heard of other guys doing quilting. I have even heard of a store called 3 Dudes Quilting. I have been told that guy quilters can come up with some really nice creations (told at quilting shows like the Connections Quilt Festival).
Having a sister who is really into quilting has a big part of it. She has done some really nice quilts. I have received some of those really quilts. They are really nice. I have received a table runner, two place mats (too nice to really use) and some microwave bowl holders (to use to hold a bowl while it is in the microwave and help keep the user from being burned when they extract the bowl and bowl holder).
I bought a Singer Tiny Tailor at a yard sale. I did not pay much for it. I have not even used it yet except to power it on and see if it works. I am reading how to use it from the manual included (also online). I will use it with smaller quilts and in learning how to sew with a sewing machine.
It is intended for repairs and not major sewing projects. It is my beginner machine. It will be interesting to see how well it handles bigger items.
I will be blogging about quilting, quilt shows and festivals, equipment that is used to quilt with, stores and companies that have quilt related items, and the Row by Row Experience that happens every year through out the US, Canada and Europe.
This is for 2016. I have no doubt they will have a 2017 list. I have traveled to a few - this year and last year - getting different rows for my sister. This year was a little different since I bought some for myself.