My very favorite part of running a quilting business is traveling to take classes in new techniques, seeing quilting shows, and meeting up with all the friends I’ve made on line over the years. I flew into Boston on Sunday morning on the Red Eye from Los Angeles and arrived at the Radisson in Manchester for the Machine Quilters Exposition way before check-in time. The gals at the front desk assured me they would do their best to have my room ready as soon as possible, so I headed off to the grocery store to pick up a few things, then took myself on a self-guided tour of some of the neighborhoods to the north of the hotel. What a lovely bunch of Victorian homes. Some are pictured here:
I had trouble sleeping once I got to my room, so I volunteered to help hang quilts for photographing. It was really fun and I learned a lot. I then returned my rental car to the airport, came back and went to JD’s to get a bowl of chowder and a drink so I could sleep peacefully. I arrived to find DonnaLynn Milford, Cricket and Jeff Lomicka, Carolyn Wood, Celine Spader, Cathy Wiggins, Scott (quilt judge), Kathy (last name escaping me right now) and Diana (same thing – can’t remember her last name), all just finishing up dinner and having dessert, so I sat with them for a bit. I then headed to my room to crash and burn.
This morning I got up and went to my Rangeley Stars class, taught by Deb Tucker. She was a very entertaining teacher with some really good tips and we all made lovely quilt blocks. My first 17″ block of what will eventually be a king-sized quilt is pictured at the end of the gallery above. I enjoyed the class very much.
More from the show as events unfold. The weather has been gorgeous, but it’s really cold here!