I prefer smaller quilt shows over mega-shows
The annual NC Quilt Symposium is a good example
NCQS is an annual meeting hosted by a different NC guild each year. The venue is usually a college campus so the dates will vary with the school's holiday schedule. Full-time participants have the option of staying in one of the dorms on campus. They always seem to assemble an array of talented teachers, a few known nationally and a lot of regional talent, as well.
So I arrived in Raleigh early enough on Thursday that I was able to make my way to William Peace University to check in, pick up my credentials, and scope out my classroom locations. I met The Joyful Quilter who was "white-gloving" the show and we admired the quilts together.
I like seeing quilts in person. It's nice to be able to observe workmanship and quilting designs up close. Here are a few of my favorites from this year's NCQS:
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|My Sister's House
|My Modern Quilt
|The One That Got Away
I like when credit is given to patterns and their designers. While most of the info cards at NCQS gave proper attribution to designers, it would have been nice to know the actual pattern name if someone wanted to make it.
I like the comfort of a hotel room over a dorm room and dorm food. OK, so I'm a softie! I've done my time -- just sayin' ...
|The Joyful Quilter, working on a T-shirt commission
So that's a quick look at NCQS. Next year's symposium will be at UNC-Asheville, hosted by the Asheville Quilt Guild at the end of May. A number of modern and art quilters will be on the faculty, in addition to quilting legend Georgia Bonesteel, a NC native.
Linking with LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.