Quilt Shows have been a tradition among quilters for many years. There are literally hundreds to be seen each year all over the globe. Small towns and big cities all share the same enthusiastic quilt makers who want to show and share what they have made.
Almost every quilt guild will host an event to promote their passion and recognize everyone’s hard work and dedication. Don’t be deceived by the smaller size of these gatherings… there will be quilts of all levels and almost every guild will have their master-level quilters, innovative designers and colorists that love to share their skills and display their beautiful pieces.
The large national and international exhibits will have world-class teachers that share their expertise in workshops. There will be hundreds of quilts on display, their workmanship will exhaust your mind. Usually a large market area is available, which will be full of designers and shops selling their related wares. It is better to plan to attend these larger exhibitions for more than one day. There are so many different areas to take in and everything at once can be overwhelming.
If you are planning a vacation and want it to be all about quilts… national and international venues will keep you busy for several days. Make sure you book your hotel early, even the large centers will run out of hotel space. Take your most comfortable pair of shoes, you will literally walk miles to see all the exhibits on display. And don’t forget to leave room in your luggage or take an extra suitcase to accommodate the great treasures you won’t be able to resist at the quilting markets!
When I went to Houston with my friend, we spent three to four hours a day at the International Quilt Show. The rest of the day we spent sight-seeing in the area or relaxing in the hotel. We found that even three hours of looking at quilts is overwhelming for the brain… by making shorter day trips to the show, we managed to see everything and take it all in mentally. And we still had time to shop!
When travelling in a foreign country, be smart. Do your research. Know the rules of the area, stay where it is safe and learn what the customs duties and regulations are before you tote everything home. If you are going to book a vacation with a travel company, make sure you do the research on them as well. See what the reviews are and try to talk to someone who has used the company in the past. A safe, well-planned holiday will allow you to enjoy the quilts even more!
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