It was a fun party atmosphere last week at AccuQuilt’s new corporate headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. I spent some time with Lynn Gibney, AccuQuilt’s Director of Marketing, who showed me around the facility.
Just off of and clearly visible from I-80, it includes a warehouse, offices, a dream studio (to be featured in a future post) and a quilt gallery.
AccuQuilt’s new digs were all spruced up for the Third Annual Barn Quilt Unveiling Event, attended by about 300 people from various parts of the U.S. and Canada.
Alex Anderson was the featured speaker. She spoke about her quilting journey and AccuQuilt’s part in it.
A beautiful selection of Alex’s quilts was on exhibit in the quilt gallery, which is lovely.
Alex was happy to sign copies of her books for those attending.
The culmination of the event was the unveiling of a 17′ x 17′ quilt block outside the building.
This was the winning block in AccuQuilt’s Barn Quilt Design Contest.
The block was designed by Belinda Karls-Nace from Des Moines. Belinda is a cross-stitch pattern designer who made her first quilt when she was 12. She has been quilting seriously for about six years. Visit Belinda’s blog for more great photos and details about the event and lots of other creative musings.
First runner-up Carol Johnson (above, center) from Ontario, Canada was also recognized.
Carol’s quilt block is displayed indoors near the gallery entrance. Both blocks will be up for one year.
The new offices are well-designed and attractive, too.
I loved these structures! They help to create a cozy feeling in the office space and probably also improve the sound. I just like how funky they are.
Of course there are quilts on the walls in AccuQuilt’s signature palette of bright colors.
A visit to AccuQuilt’s website is a pleasure. You can chat live with a real person! All my questions were quickly answered in just a few minutes.
For some serious quilty fun, take a look at the gallery of the Top 100 entries in the contest. You’ll see things like this: