Last week Carolyn Beam and I went to Atlanta to represent Quiltmaker at the Georgia Quilt Show. This event, along with Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, is part of the family of quilt-related businesses to which QM belongs.
We had such a good time! We met lots of new people, connected with QM readers, shared a Quiltmaker trunk show, enjoyed amazing quilt exhibits and even converted a few non-quilters. What could be better?!
Each day we spent time in the Make-It Center, where people dropped in to work on a simple table runner using Peg Spradlin’s Fold & Sew technique from the March/April issue. We met so many fun quilters—here are a few highlights.
The gals above are a grandmother/granddaughter pair who came to the show together. Aren’t they cute?
This is Debbie Richardson from Stockbridge, Georgia. She’s never quilted but she came to the show with her mom-in-law, so she sat down in the Make-It Center to give it a whirl.
It was heartwarming to see Debbie’s finished top. She did really well with this technique.
Lina Dominic is 90. She was thrilled with Fold & Sew because there is no cutting involved—you use precuts. Lina’s smile says it all.
Wendy Blanton from Cumming, Georgia helped us out in the Make-It Center, and later dropped by with a Quiltmaker finish to show us. We loved her Snowmen in the Woods quilt, because it has Snowladies!
Linda Garrison, above right, brought her 13-year-old granddaughter Ashley to the show and the Make-It Center. Both are from Lithia Springs, Georgia. We were thrilled to see our generation sharing quilting with young women like this.
Ashley was intent on the process. It warmed me through and through.
Faye Duzan from Douglasville, Georgia took the technique in a slightly different direction by placing her patches off-center. I think it looks terrific! Faye was an enthusiastic gal and she inspired us with her excitement.
Carolyn and I had a chance to meet a couple of QM VIPS, too. This is Carolyn with Mary Jane Cardwell, who is a block tester for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. She is part of an invaluable team. Mary Jane tried out Fold & Sew in the Make-It Center, too. We were pleased to meet her.
Unless you count the cup of Blue Bell I snagged in the Houston airport. I live in the middle of nowhere and we do not have Blue Bell here. If you’re ever in one of the 20 states that has it, I recommend it. It’s almost as good as quilting. And that’s sayin’ something.