A Review of the PA Quilt Extravaganza Show
I started going to the PA National Quilt Extravaganza show its very first year in 1994. The quilts every year have been outstanding. The quality of the work, creativity, and craftsmanship made me think “gees, can I ever do some of this”. That is still the case. Here are some quilts from the show that I’ve been able to capture. As you can see, the work is stunning and well deserving of the awards. Much more detail will be available in the quilting magazines with much better photos than I can provide.
What was disappointing were the missing vendors that, as far as I can remember, have always been there. Now, in all honesty, I did not go these past couple of years due to other out of town events, but still, I really was surprised. The vendors that were there were great. The fabrics were yummy, the new innovations so cool, the booths not too jam packed, and the staff still smiling and happy late Saturday afternoon.
What was lacking was all the cool surface design embellishments I lust for like Angelina fibers, beads, buttons, lace, embroidery threads, silk roving, ephemera, ribbons, charms, fabric paints and dyes. Only 1 vendor that I saw had beads and fancy fibers. What happened to Twe Beads, Sky Dyes, Fabulous Fibers, Bernadine’s Needles to mention a few. I may be mixing my shows up. That’s possible. The PA Extravaganza has always been in September. The other show I always go to is in Lancaster, PA at the Host Conference Center around Easter. That show has now moved to downtown Lancaster and been taken over by AQS. Another great show with great vendors.
I know every thing has seasons and cycles, and sure, I can find all these old vendors online. I still miss talking to them year after year, touching their goodies, wiping my chin from the drool. Dear me, so nostalgic.
I’m grateful to those vendors who did come and I hope it was well worth it. I’ve seen how much work goes into setting up a booth. I believe in supporting these small business owners and trust me, they happily get plenty of my money.
The Daily Muse: To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven Ecclesiastes 3:1
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