|Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ|
|A Churn-Dash Exhibited|
I've been to this annual show before, a few times, and I'm happy to report it has grown. There were more vendors than ever before, more quilts exhibited on the mill's three floors, three ways to win prizes, and the speakers were in a second building with some more vendors and prizewinning quilts from previous years. Just inside the front door was a quilter's dreamland of fabric bits and larger pieces for deep, DEEP discounted prices. Basically, I was buying fabric from other people's stashes, but to a quilter who might want just a wee bit of this and a bit of that, this is heaven. Besides the bigger pieces folded and bundled, there were three plastic bins with a sign that said, "Fill a Bag for $1. Bag must zip." And, my friends, the bags supplied were GALLON-SIZED. So I did:
|My gallon-sized bag of loot (This was fun)|
And there were treasures, some of which will go into my general stash to provide variety and some will go directly into scrappy projects already started. And there were a bunch of these stars:
|One of the treasures from my bag o' loot.|
I only bought one star, and I'll make it into something somewhere. I bought plenty more wonderful things: there was a button lady with thousands of buttons, and a vintage linen vendor from whom I bought some antique linen hankies even though I'm just wrapping up my antique linen hankie quilt. (I guess there is another in my future.
|Prallsville window (with canal)|
Jane was there, and it was nice to catch up with her. I also ran into a posse of ladies from the retirement village where I teach Music courses. WHAT??!! What are they doing here?? It is quite a trek from their Shangri-La to Prallsville, so imagine my delight when I saw their roadtrip van pull up. We had a joyful reunion as I'm not teaching there this fall (I'll return in the Spring with The Evolution of the Symphony), and I spent the next couple of hours with tears of joy in my eyes. I'm not sure if they remind me of my mom and aunts, or if they inspire me to be like them in 25 years or so, or if it is just because they are so supportive and encouraging to me when I visit them with lectures and musical examples. But of course they were at the quilt show--they fit right into the positive vibe of these things!!
|Such a charming place to have a quilt show!|
So back to the show... Linda Hahn is a quilter from Manalapan, NJ, who has published two books with the American Quilter's Society (and has two on the way). Her specialty is the spikey New York Beauty pattern which I have not yet attempted. I picked up New York Beauty Simplified (AQS, 2011), and some templates and tools to rectify this lapse in my quilting oeuvre. I grabbed some shots as she did her trunk show:
|That's Linda Hahn with one of her smaller quilts. Check out that quilting on the black!|
|The very versatile NY Beauty pattern in yet another setting.|
|Many of Linda Hahn's New York Beauty quilts have NY-inspired names. This is "Beauties on Broadway".|
In case you would like to buy the book for yourself or your library, or invite Lynn and her co-author Kathryn to speak at your guild or show, here are their deets:
AMISH SHADOWS Light Reflected by Kathryn Rippeteau Greenwold with Lynn Reynolds Makrin (2014, KayLynn Designs)
Now you must excuse me because I have to go sew small pieces of fabric together to make bigger pieces of fabric, also known as quilting!