It's spring, which means it is quilt show season here in the Northeast. After being cooped up all winter, quilters are ready to see quilts and to hang out with like-minded fabric enthusiasts.
My guild, Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild (HAVQG), is having their biennial show April 6 & 7 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center. There will be close to 300 quilts on display including a special exhibit of antique quilts on loan from Hancock Shaker Village. All of the other goodies that one likes to see at shows will be there too: vendors, raffle baskets, demonstrations, and excellent food.
In our house, we've been referring to the HAVQG show as "the quilt show". This is the first time since at 2001 that I won't be there working the show. Instead, I will be in Denver filming an episode of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. This is the show that we are giving capital letters to in our house - THE QUILT SHOW! Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can speak in complete and proper sentences while filming. Based on the conversations I've had with the producers I know it's going to be a fun time.
The weekend after "the quilt show" and THE QUILT SHOW is MQX, the Machine Quilters Expo, in Manchester, NH. If you want to see the best of the very best of machine quilting that is definitely the place to be. I am always in awe when I walk the show floor.
The Barnyard continues to grow. I recently finished a llama and a duck. On my design wall now is a goat. If you need to find me this week, I'll be in the middle of all of my orange fabrics as I work on his background.