Spring Quilt Market was stimulating and exciting. Downtown Pittsburgh is pleasant and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center is spacious and an ideal spot for the 500+ booths. I stayed in the Omni Penn Hotel which is a fine building and the accommodations were very comfortable. My roommate was Catherine Redford who was my host when I lectured and taught at her quilt guild in Naperville just outside Chicago a couple of years ago. It was fun to see her again and catch up with her teaching activities including TV work.
The logistics of setting up all the booths are staggering and it’s amazing to watch it all going up during the couple of days before the exhibits open. Some of the booths are very elaborate and require all kinds of props and supportive structures. There are fork lift trucks, containers, rolls of carpet and all kinds of activity. The Schoolhouse presentations were during this time and held upstairs where there was a passage with windows overlooking the main exhibit hall. Here it is during set up.
The Schoolhouse presentations were inspiring. I loved these colorful vibrant quilts by Barbara Persing and Mary Hoover of Fourth and Sixth Designs, all made from Island Batik Fabrics. My presentation on my template-free Kaleidoscope technique was rather late in the day, but was well attended and I was delighted to receive some very positive feedback afterwards.
Here’s the QuiltWoman.com booth, Nancy Dill our fearless leader with the worker bees and me at my demo spot. I spent each morning at market in the booth and then had some time in the afternoons to explore the other exhibits.