I attended the Vermont Quilt Festival this past weekend with a few of my friends from Maine Machine Quilters. We left early Thursday morning after meeting up in Auburn and car pooled in 3 vehicles down the pike and over to Manchester, NH and north to Burlington, VT. Took us about 6 hours to get there. We checked into our rooms, rested for a bit, then went out to dinner at Ponderosa Steak House, then on to the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Junction for preview night entitled "Champagne and Chocolate" - the quilts were hung and the vendors were all open!! What a sight to see! There were 80 vendors from all over the United States ~ many from Maine too! And the Quilts ~ awesome!!!! The festival took up 2 large exhibit halls with quilts and vendors in both. The special exhibits and antique quilt displays are in one hall and the judged quilts in the other. The festival runs from Friday through Sunday. We did a lot of walking! Worth every step!! We left for home on Saturday afternoon, broke and happy!!
My first stop was the Superior Threads booth! I had my inventory with me so I knew what I had and I bought another 12 cones to fill in some colors ways that I was missing. I also purchased those wonderful pre-wound Bottom Line bobbins that I love so much in all the colors that I use the most!
Next, on to the TinLizzie Dealer where I purchased an extension table, a new ruler foot and some clamps! My mid-arm set-up is complete!! I also bought some simple acrylic template rulers at Quilter's Rule and some stencils. Now I can quilt till I wilt - literally!!
I visited England Design booth and watch my friend Cynthia England demonstrate her unique "picture piecing" technique. I bought her book "Picture Piecing", a pattern "Stitch in Time" and a fabric kit for it. The back story is that she was a member of my quild when I lived in Galveston, TX from 1982 - 2002. I applaud her success and it's always wonderful to see her! I'm hoping to convince the "powers that be" that we need her to come to Maine Quilts to teach!! She is all for it!!
I visited another booth, CNT Pattern Company that was tended by the designer herself, of "A Little Something Jacket"~ a pattern I have and love! She had many many of her beautiful jackets on display and available to try on for fit! Wonderful concept! I purchased 2 more of her patterns; Sheer Delight Jacket and Swing Style Sensations. I also bought enough batik rayon fabric to make one of them! I found more batik fabric at Sew Batik - I'm ready to sew!!
I was so busy oogling the quilts and making sure the vendors didn't vend in vain that I failed to take any photos! Please visit the sites that I have linked and you will see what I saw! And, if you're in the area, be sure to visit Maine Quilts, July 27-29, 2012 in Augusta Maine!!
This was a wonderful show!! Already planning for next year!!
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