I am home the the AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster and still unpacking. It was a fun 4 days working in the Wonderfil Specialty Threads booth. I met up with lots of blog friends and guild friends and made lots of new friends. I took lots of photos, but you can get the best view of the winning quilts by visiting the link here: WINNERS
I had mixed feelings about the show. I wished there had been more competition quilts. I wish there had been more variety. The one thing that stood out the most, as an overall theme, was the machine quilting. It was over the top. The intricacy and the minute detail was just draw dropping. Every single square inch was covered with thread. I feel like we have crossed a divide and we will never go back to where we were before.
The highlight of the show for me was an exhibit by the Tentmakers of Cairo. The applique are needle turned and made with a very large needle and pair of scissors with a very stabbing motion following a chalked line. Only men make these quilts and they make them only for their families. The backing is a piece of canvas. They were for sale at the show.
It started to snow on Saturday. Just snow flurries. But Hosam and Tarek had never seen snow before! What a treat it was to see their excitement.