The APWQ Show a few weeks ago at the Tacoma Convention Center was so inspiring! I sure hope you were able to attend. If you missed it, I will try to give you a brief recap.
The APWQ (Association of Pacific West Quilters) hosted what will now be an annual show in Tacoma. There were so many beautiful quilts to see with such a broad spectrum of techniques shown. This year I seemed to be captivated by all the vivid and rich colors and reaffirmed my love for Batik fabrics. I saw some of the most beautiful appliquéd, intricately pieced, and stunningly quilted works of art (there were even miniature blocks that were only about and inch in size and were perfectly pieced). The colors of the fabrics of the individual quilts worked together in such a way that I was enticed to stop and linger as the quilt told it's story.
One of the highlights of the show was seeing the the winner of the "Viewer's Choice Award" was "Northwest Passage," by Diane Johnson of Pahrump, NV. The prize for this award was a Babylock Eclipse dx serger (Donated by Quality Sewing & Baby Lock) -- this particular model of serger had been on Diane's wish list for ages! Who wouldn't just love to have such a wonderful machine that threads the loopers for you?
It always amazes me how much talent quilters possess to be able to transform bits of fabric and thread into pieces of art. What a privilege it is to see these beautiful works of art in person.
We had a local winner of a BabyLock Esante. This machine was given to Sandy from Tacoma who won the APWQ Raffle sponsored by Quality Sewing and our own Paul LaPonte. Wouldn't you just love going to a quilt show and going home with a new machine?
Now, if shopping is your thing - you surely had fun visiting all of the vendors that were at the show. There was a nice variety of the types of products offered at the show. Beautiful fabrics were a-plenty, new and fun patterns called out to be brought to make a new creation, and several of the newest machines with the amazing features to try.
Next year you will just have to be sure to attend the Show and see all of these great things for yourself. I encourage you to "Save the Date" and plan on attending the APWQ show next August from the 24th to the 26th, 2012 at the Tacoma Convention Center.
See you there!