On with the show, this is it!
The AQS Lancaster Show that is.
view from our room at the Marriott
What a trip! It was well
worth the LONG bus ride (with 44 wonderful ladies from Maine) to experience my
first AQS show.
First things first. We
unpacked the necessities – Kathy’s strips!
Then on to the show! I
dragged Kathy down the aisles until we came to the most beautiful quilt in the
show!! “My Style Log Cabins” by Kathy Boudreau of Gardiner, ME (my friend and roommate!!).
It was so much fun to see it hanging. I stood by listening to the comments while
Kathy was busy shopping and listening to demos. I am so proud!
As with any show, I found
that my choices for winners did always not coincide with the judges. I know it
must be mind boggling to have to make those decisions. There is a special
category for hand quilted quilts. Twenty seven of the over 200 quilts in the
show were hand quilted. Better percentage than most shows these days.
You can go to the AQS website
here to see the winning quilts, but I’d like to share some of my favorites with
“Quintal Vases” by Becky Brown of Montpelier,
VA was absolutely amazing. No ribbon, but oh so perfect to me, in execution and
“Old Glory Under HIS Wings” by Julee Prose of
“Decadent Victorian Darlings”
by Hattie Williams of Boswell, PA. This had the most amazing hand quilting!
“Midnight in Taicang” by
Nancy LaPointe of St. Albans, VT. A traditional quilt in modern fabrics really
“Wrapped up in Fragrance of
Rose” by Mizue Matsuda of Kitakatsusikagun, Saitama, Japan. No ribbon here
either. See what I mean about difficult decisions for judges!
“Fun and Fancy” by Zena
Thorpe of Chatsworth, CA won third in the hand quilted section. Zena’s quilts
are always wonderful!
“Infinite Glow” by Renee
Burston of Port Orange, FL was very modern, and oh so beautiful.
“Stripe Tease” by Jennifer
Emry of Arlington, VA was my favorite modern quilt. Most likely because it was
hand quilted and it does have a traditional feel.
If I were to give one
critique it would be that I would like to have seen the “story” behind each
quilt either on the card or in the show booklet. When you enter an AQS show
they do ask for a brief description so I wondered where this info was and why it
wasn’t on the description card.
The vendors catered mostly to
machine quilting so I was beyond thrilled to see the sign for “Lancaster Traditionals”
as I rounded the corner. Joe, the owner, used to vend our show in Maine along
with a few others in New England. I was always delighted to see him and always
spent all my money there. Joe passed away a few years ago and his daughter,
Yoko is helping the family to sell his inventory.
Yoko was a delightful young lady
and I was so very happy to do my part to help deplete her supplies.
Another bonus of the trip was that there was another show just down the road with antiques. So, we hopped in the shuttle bus and found these beauties hanging in the foyer.
I hope your year is full of
wonderful quilts and quilt shows!