I also got to hear a quick hour talk on sewing needles by the marketing director from Schmetz. Am I the only one that didn't get what all those numbers meant on my needle packages??? Well now I do. In fact, I can safely say that I know more about sewing needles now than I ever need too (grin)! Still, I wasn't bored and she handed out these super handy ABC books that showed what all the needles were and what they were suppose to be used for and on. VERY useful. Oh. . . and free!! One thing I learned though, there is no tried and hard rule on when to change a needle - the answer is always -
"it depends. . . "!
What I didn't care for was the show itself. It was VERY spread out. Even though the grounds are lovely, it was blocks and blocks of walking all day. They did have shuttles running but the grounds were over run with quilters and there were long lines for those. Lunch wasn't well thought out either. When we went over to the cafe - we found it was smack dab in with a bunch of vendors and had an longgggggg line. Our food - although cheap enough was cold and we ate outside since there was no indoor seating.
I found the different buildings hard to find even though I'm usually good with a map. The institute, for those who don't know, is a Victorian village inside its walls. The streets are at different angles as the village grew and can get confusing. Its gorgeous there though! Still I didn't like wandering around looking for things.
For all that was spread out, once you got in the buildings, the show was packed in VERY tightly. It was wall to wall vendors and quilters. No room to look - I felt closed in. You couldn't slowly enjoy and browse since it was such a frenzy. The quilts themselves were mostly hung nicely since they were hung by individual guilds.
One of the main reasons we went to the show, was to see the result of the Jinny Beyer Challenge. 35 of the 50 kits were handed back in and OMG they were amazing. The work the ladies did was just spectacular. I can pretty much say they were the most interesting thing we saw all day. That said, the challenge was displayed in the main hotel, off a side entrance hall. They were on folding racks - smooshed together - some overlapping - displayed from way high - 8 ft - to toe level. Mine was toe level - hung crooked and another quilt over lapped. You couldn't stand and look at all of them since people were coming in and out trying to get to all the vendors.
So, as you can tell this will probably be the first and last time I go to this show. It was an excellent value though - only $4 to enter - Jinny's lecture was $15. Still I felt like the promoters were trying to make up the extra money on vendors and their own booth. I definitely will NEVER do another challenge with that quilt shop. The way they treated the entries was disgraceful. Finally, when I go to a show I look for two things - to be inspired and to have a nice lunch out (sometimes not in that order - grin). This didn't give me either!