Wrap up……Festival of Quilts…….

Another quite successful event “in the history books”. Friday afternoon was a bit on the quiet side but Saturday brought out many…..gals and guys……who were quilters, want-to-be quilters and non-quilters (who were feeling somewhat pressured to “escort” a member of the 1st two categories!). This last group, mostly of the “male persuasion”(!), spent much time at my table totally fascinated with the whole machine quilting (hand guided, un-marked, fmq) idea. I was kept quite busy answering their well thought out, and insightful, questions! I was there to share and “educate” and that goal was definitely met!!!! (I came close to finishing the red and white quilt I was working on and photos will follow in a future post.) Many were “blown away” by the fact that a quilt could actually be stitched on a DSM (domestic sewing machine) and appear to have been done on a longarm/frame-mounted system. See this post for photo………

There were two shop vendors attending. The first, located in Decorah, IA, was Red-Roxy Quilt Co. 002 A wonderful display and a great ‘neighbor’ to my spot as there was much interest in the “Machingers” quilting gloves that I wear and Roxy had some in her stock!! At the time when I purchased mine (3 years ago), mail-order was the only way for me, but many quilt shops stock these now. Anyhow, some photos of Roxy’s display………………001   To again clarify, the quilts hung on the walls were quilt show display quilts from our guild.


Oh, there’s Roxy………Hi!!!!!!…………

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The next shop was the Forest Mills Quilt Shop in Postville,IA. You can find them on Fb here. 005




Saturday afternoon, we welcomed Sherri K. Falls of “This & That Pattern Co”. Her pleasant manner and inspiring presentation was enjoyed by a “full house” of gals! 015


The quilts are now folded, the display racks are stashed away awaiting next year’s need, the vendors are packed and gone, and I am about to re-enter my studio to do a bit of re-ordering of the chaos that currently exists (and always does following such a time away!).

Back to the finishing of the Asian quilt and the Red and White quilt. Another bridesmaid fitting on the agenda for Monday eve……………………………


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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9 Responses to Wrap up……Festival of Quilts…….

  1. Thread crazy says:

    Oh how I remember those days of the quilt shows. Fun times they were. Looks like you had a great time too.

  2. mtetar says:

    No questions about those amazing displays. Absolutely gorgeous. Blessings Everyone, Mtetar

  3. LB says:

    Looks and sounds like it was a successful event. I love that all the gents were around your table watching “the machine”.
    The variety and colors in the quilts are great!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Yes, I found that very interesting, too, and, while the vendors seem to be somewhat busy in spurts, I was surrounded by the curious gents and non-quilters who had wandered in. It was great!!!!!!!

  4. witchylin says:

    Congratulations on a successful quilt show. I just knew a lovely lady like you would attract the gents to your machine. 😉 FMQ is one thing my other half is interested in especially when I can fit a large quilt through the throat of my DSM. One quilt I would have liked to have seen first hand is the autumn quilt on your picture numbers 006 and 008, it has a suitcase on top of it. Those leaves and the fall colours would fit perfectly in my bedroom. Thank you for “taking us along to your space.”

    • treadlemusic says:

      You are so welcome, Lin. That Autumn quilt is beautiful and that season is upon us….like it or not!!! The questions the guys asked were so “in depth” and analytical. “How does……” was the way many of the sentences began. That really appeals to me, also!! Working the amount of fabric “sandwich” through the throat space was the part of it that brought the raised eyebrows!!!!! I was happy to de-mystify some of the process!!!!!!!

  5. KerryCan says:

    Such fun–a real feast for the eyes!

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