I was thrilled and honored to be invited to the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival as the guest artist at their 14th annual show. I arrived during set-up last Thursday with 11 large quilts and several smaller ones to hang. It was exciting to see all these quilts hanging in one place. Usually they are held up during my lectures one at a time and I don’t see them altogether. I was also provided with tables to display my items for sale – books, patterns and Mongolian items.
There was enough space to display several of the beautiful silk pieces made by Selenge Tserendash and women at the Mongolian Quilting Center. Show attendees loved these. They were supportive in their purchases of Mongolian items at my table and we raised over $500 for the Center.
The show lasted for three days from Friday to Sunday. I was there the whole time and each afternoon did a demonstration in the demo area, sharing my template-free Kaleidoscope and Bargello block techniques. I had a warm welcome. The show organizers did an outstanding job and took very good care of me. We had a potluck on Thursday for some of the Guild volunteers and on Friday evening there was a nice barbecue for all the vendors and featured artists (me and the local artist). It was fun meeting everyone and reconnecting with some of my students who I taught two years ago at the Walla Walla Quilt Guild. I stayed with an old friend on Saturday and Sunday nights then had a windy and wet drive home on Monday.
In my next blog, I will share some of my favorite quilts from the show.