Well the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XVI in Oaks, PA is almost over. It’s been a great opportunity for us to meet our online customers in person and also a great chance for our customers to see our quilts up close and personal. The quilts aren’t nearly as beautiful on a computer screen as they are in person – plus you get to touch them at a quilt show. Quilt shows are also a great time for us to catch up and visit with all of the wonderful vendor friends we have made during the last 4 years. They are from all over the United States, so quilt shows are really the only chance we get to see each other. I thought that tonight I would take the time to introduce you to a few of these great people and give you a little glimpse of their booths.
Gloria Parsons is the owner of The Olde Green Cupboard in Jacksonville, FL. If you are traveling through or near Jacksonville, be sure to stop and visit this must-see quilt store/antique store/gift store. You will think you have died and gone to heaven. It is a beautiful store that is always decorated for the current/upcoming season or holiday (currently Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving) and everything is for sale. Jill and Sue traveled to PA with Gloria for this show. Jill’s specialty is punch needle and her pieces are exquisite (and from what we have heard she is also a phenomenal cookie baker and decorator). Sue is a longarm quilter that is demonstrating locker latch hook rugmaking this weekend. The rugs are beautiful and I even tried to do one, but apparently I whined so much about the process that I’m not allowed to even entertain the thought of trying it again. Cathy, from The Olde Green Cupboard, graciously completed mine.
Phyllis and Bob Anderson of Springfield, New Hampshire are the proud owners of Silver Thimble Quilt Shop, formerly a brick and mortar shop that they decided to take on the quilt show circuit. Phyllis designs quilts and wearable art jackets and often teaches at the quilt shows. Be sure to check out her DVD, “Make Your Own Playful Patches Wearable Art Jacket“; her technique guarantees success.
We have 1 more day of the show and I will try to get around and get some photos of some of the other booths for another blog. If there’s time, I might even try to really look at the quilts. I’ve glanced at them as rush by on my way to the ladies’ room or concession stand and they are just beautiful. Now I have to cut the borders for the new baby quilt from Paula’s Sophie and Friends collection. It is so cute and I can’t wait until we have all of the nursery items completed. The iron baby bed we use for display will finally be used as a real baby bed when we arrange all of the items in it. (Watch for photos). Happy quilting for another day.