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4 days of quilts, vendors, new friends and old ones-all in my own backyard. The AQS Lancaster 2011 Quilt Show and Contest come roaring into the Lancaster County Convention Center on Wed March 16th. The town was bustling with anticipation. Signs in store windows, store shelves stocked-the shop owners ready. Quilters from all over the country and different countries all gathering for the big event! After the growing pains of the first year, this year seemed much more organized, with a shuttle service that was easy to use and made parking a breeze.

The quilts were amazing. 4 of our Red Rose Quilter’s Guild members had quilts juried in! Our guild had a beautiful raffle quilt in the lobby, creating a nice backdrop for many photo ops. The Botswana Quilt exhibit was beautiful. The Karen Kay Buckley exhibit-The Perfect Journey-an incredible display of Karen’s quilts from her very first sampler to a large landscape of a stone barn, similar to those seen all over Lancaster County. We are so fortunate to have had professional teachers here in Lancaster. I was able to take two classes, one from Sue Nichols on Stitched Raw Edge Applique and the other, a paperpieced block called Ocean Sunrise, from Karen Kaye Buckley. I attended a lecture by Ricky Tims and with my head still spinning came home and made blocks using the new techniques I learned.

My favorite part of the week was meeting up with my quilter friends. Quick lunches and fun photos made for great memories, as well as plans for the next time we will meet.

I stopped by the Marriot Hotel to meet up with Sherry Rogers Harrison. What a neat lady! She will be teaching her Inklique classes all week at the Quilt Show. The Convention Center is located inside the hotel. Tonight all was quiet, except for the lone security guard. We took a peak into the main hall-all set and ready to go! Tomorrow it will be filled with quilters from all over the country and from other parts of the world.

If you attend the show, be sure to stop by the Red Rose Quilters Guild Raffle ticket booth to purchase a chance to win our beautiful quilt! This year the quilt is hand appliqued AND hand quilted by members of the guild. Ticket purchases help us to fund our projects-Quilts of Valor and the children’s quilts and tote bags we make for several charity groups in Lancaster County. The coat and package check will also be manned by volunteer quilters from the guild. Be sure to use this service to keep your packages safe while you shop or attend classes. Although pretty full, there may be some spaces left in the classes and lectures so be sure to check the boards across from the registration check in. I’ll be parking at the off site parking lot to avoid the city traffic and taking the shuttle in from Burle Industries on Route 23. Parking is $5 with a $1 for the shuttle ride each way. Hassle free this year after growing pains from last year.

Wed is the first day of the 4 day event. I’ll be meeting up with Facebook quilter friends for lunch, then headed to a class on applique with Sue Nichols. In the evening it’s the All Star Review! So looking forward to this week!

The very first AQS Lancaster Quilt show was huge!  Our guild provided over 1200 man hours of volunteer time. The total attended hasn’t been posted yet, but I can tell you they ran out of show pins and show booklets before the 4th and final day even began.  I have been inspired to write this blog from a young lady I met at the show-recently published in a huge quilting magazine, my new friend Julie has me thinking about how lucky she is to be starting so young and that it is never to late to dream a dream and make it happen.  I’ve also been inspired by the many Facebook Quilter friends who met each other for the first time at the show.  Our Girlfriend Bags were turning heads!   Quilting makes me smile! And so do all the new friend I have made-bound together with a common thread and maybe some fabric too!


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