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Here are the quilts with the borders on, some ready for quilting. Missing is Lee’s quilt-maybe she took it to Florida with her! I learned a lot myself and appreciate the feedback the ladies had to offer me as far as what I can do to help them during their learning experience. 8 weeks is hardly enough time to complete a project like this but everyone worked hard and were very supportive of each other. I think the quilts are terrific!

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!

I’m really excited for this week to start. AQS is returning to Lancaster for the 2nd annual Quilt Show and Contest. I spent the day preparing for the two classess I am taking. Wed I’ll be learning a raw edge applique technique taught by Sue Nichols. On Thursday I’m attending an all day workshop with Karen Kay Buckley. Karen will be teaching us he Ocean Sunrise quilt, a paper pierced beauty that also uses machine applique techniques. Applique is my weak spot. I find the carpal tunnel really comes out when I hand applique so time to learn other techniques! Plus I can then share what I’ve learned in my own classes.

I’ll also be meeting up with Facebook quilter friends, doing a little fabric shopping and attending a few other events. Saturday is volunteer day for me. Our local quilt guild provides the volunteers to help the show to run smoothly during those four days. Besides “white gloving” (we don’t really wear white gloves) our guild members man the coat check and package check areas and help out at the special events. Last year over 800 man hours were provided. This year should be even better, with a revised shuttle service, vendors all in one building, and a terrific line up of fabulous, world class teachers. I am so in my element when I’m around quilters.

Ever since my daughter announced her engagement I’ve been thinking of what quilt to make. I designed and redesigned three or four different patterns but nothing was looking like anything they would both like. She’s sort of modern and he’s pretty traditional. I like to make quilts that people will use and enjoy, and not put away in a chest for someone to discover years from now. So while flipping through the latest McCalls Quilting Magazine I came across a pattern called Brownie Points. The block is an hourglass block with a slight twist, with one of the hourglass traingles actually made up of 2 triangles. I altered the pattern just a bit so my block will be 10 1/2″ and my color scheme is blues and green batiks–The colors of the sea. Wedding is April 30th, 2011 so gotta keep crackin’.


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