I had such a great time at the AQS show in Charlotte NC this past week! First of all many thanks to my wonderful friend Robin who put me up in her home and fed me. I forgot to get a picture of her.
The show was held in part of the Charlotte Convention Center. Parking was expensive, and Friday I had to go back and forth to the car since I had a bad case of forgetfulness. My feet hurt badly at the end of the day. I did not make the best choice in footwear, choosing my "confidence shoes" which have a bit of a heel.
So many beautiful quilts, innovative ideas, and vendors galore. It was a bit overwhelming. I have a bunch of photos of individual quilts, but I need to go through them before posting and make sure I have the names with them to give them credit.
I met Bonnie Browning and she agreed to a photo op with me. I also met AQS editors, Elaine Brelsford and Michele Duffy. I attended three lectures which I really enjoyed. I also took a class by Michele Scott, below.
Author of "Bobbin' Quiltin' and Fusin' Fun", she led a class of intermediate and better free motion quilters to explore using thicker threads either through the needle, in the bobbin (working with the quilt upside down), or using couching. She was a ton of fun and very funny and frank. She also took some time to give me some encouraging words on my quilting adventures.
I've had far too many thick threads that I had been meaning to do bobbin work with, but never actually did. Michelle's class was just the thing to get me going! (My sample above.) We used brand new Janome 8900's in the class and it was nice to use a machine I was already familiar with from working at Sew Simple.
Look at all the thread yumminess that she provided! Below is a close up of some of the fibers with which we played. Couching yarns at the top left and hand dyed threads for the bobbin. I also got to see some of the beautiful hand dyes threads that Laura Wasilowski makes.
I also met up for lunch with Susan from the Bored Zombie. Again, forgetting to take a picture. Robin took a lecture with the talented Sharon Schamber and had Leah Day as a classmate. I never did see either one of them.
I stopped at the APQS booth to chat with Angela Huffman, a talented and friendly long arm quilter from MQResource.com, a forum that I'm on occasionally. I also fondled George, the sit-down machine from APQS. I love George. He's like a good looking country boy. Works hard, gets the job done, but not too flashy.
I tried a few other sit-down quilting machines. Found one that was extremely affordable, but it didn't include a needle up/down function, which is a deal-killer for me. It, and at least one other machine like it were so, um....what's the word, I want to be kind.....functional. Huge and ugly, zombie-like, but functional. It made the Artistic 18 look so much better to me. (Review on it later this week.)
As a quilter who moves the quilt, not the machine, it's very appealing to see these big sit-down machines, but they're really not in my budget (other priorities come first) and I also don't want folks to think you need to spend a lot of money in order to do great quilting.
More on my shopping at the show later this week also. I wasn't too wild with the spending though.