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    Do quilt shows inspire you?

    OR do they just empty your bank account and leave you buyer's remorse?
    Do they get your creative juices flowing, or leave you thinking it is time to take up scrap booking instead?

    One of my all time FAVORITE shows is coming up..the Dallas quilt guild show! I make the trek down there each (for the last 5) and visit with my vendor buds, friends from the guild/area, soak up all the talent, creativity I can for 3 days, and then trek back home feeling uninspired, drained, and wondering WHY I go every year!
    SO, this year I have not been nearly as excited to spend all the money it is going to take to go to the show. The vendors are all the same ones I just saw in OKcity in Jan, I don't think they offer any classes! THe only thing I have to really look forward to is seeing my sister and my friends.

    Will I go? Still not sure. WE are planning on leaving Wed so need to get my ducks in a row. I just hope I can find something to spark my QUILTING creativity this year!

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    Why don't you try the Ft Worth show instead? The lectures at Dallas don't look very good this year.
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    I do enjoy going but only if the show is local. I don't want to spend big bucks just getting there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888 View Post
    I do enjoy going but only if the show is local. I don't want to spend big bucks just getting there.
    sadly there are NO local shows up here. The very least would be an hour drive, but most are 2-3 hours away!

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    The last quilt show I went to I decided to invest in my Bernina 440. It was a major hit to the wallet but I'm glad I've got it. I wish I could attend some of the bigger US shows but can't spare the money just to get there. You can go to visit your friends and just window shop at the show. Yeah, right as if that will ever happen. You know you'll end up finding something you have to buy.

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    I have had NO job in over a year, so I have no money to spend. Just getting there is going to break my savings!
    BUT, my little sister has her heart set on my being there! As does my Auntie! I would rather stay home and work in the greenhouse!
    As for buying..not me...I have more than 10 people could use! STill have a huge leftover inventory from when I closed my online shop 2 years ago! So, no, don't really buy anything...UNLESS my bud Brian from Sew Batiks has an interesting assortment of scrap bags again....sigh!

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    I enjoy the local shows because I meet my friends, and I've enjoyed every show I've travelled to because I had the chance to see different quilts and different vendors than I see locally. Granted, I don't go to a lot of shows, and only travel to shows every couple of years.

    The shows do make me want to go home and quilt more, but that's pretty much what I want to do anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    OR do they just empty your bank account and leave you buyer's remorse?
    Do they get your creative juices flowing, or leave you thinking it is time to take up scrap booking instead?

    One of my all time FAVORITE shows is coming up..the Dallas quilt guild show! I make the trek down there each (for the last 5) and visit with my vendor buds, friends from the guild/area, soak up all the talent, creativity I can for 3 days, and then trek back home feeling uninspired, drained, and wondering WHY I go every year!
    SO, this year I have not been nearly as excited to spend all the money it is going to take to go to the show. The vendors are all the same ones I just saw in OKcity in Jan, I don't think they offer any classes! THe only thing I have to really look forward to is seeing my sister and my friends.

    Will I go? Still not sure. WE are planning on leaving Wed so need to get my ducks in a row. I just hope I can find something to spark my QUILTING creativity this year!

    Most quilts at quilt shows are far more complex than my abilities can handle. Do I like to see the quilts? You bet!
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    It sounds like this is the year , you should skip it. I do find inspiration from shows but I am typically very anxious to go. If you are running low on anticipation , I think that part of your brain may be telling you something.

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    Save your money now, car pool to the Houston show with some friends, share a hotel room. Much better bang for your buck.

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    I always get inspired seeing others beautiful work. Quilt shows are an overload,seeing so many at once. I like seeing all the beautiful work from all the talented members of the board, I never get tired looking at them.

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    I LOVE going to quilt shows. I set a budget for what I am allowed to spend and try like heck to stick to it but some of the bigger shows, like MQX have such great show only deals it is difficult to not buy. And I love seeing the quilts. they give me so much inspiration and loads of ideas that I want to try myself in LAing. Of course a lot of it is beyond my current ability but I won't ever get there if I don't at least try! I really want to go to MQX in Rhode Island next month but none of the classes really motivated me so I may just go as a spectator and see what gadgets I can't live without and what kind deals Superior and Filtec have on thread.

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    I like going to quilt shows. I do find them inspiring (even if they are miles out of my skill range at the moment). I enjoy seeing the result of people taking risks with techniques and what they accomplish. I always come away from quilt shows feeling energized and inspired to get into my sewing room and get sewing.

    Jackie is it possible for sister and auntie to visit you instead of you going to them? Sounds like things are tight budget wise and you don't really sound that enthusiastic about the show. I understand being overwhelmed and exhausted at the end. My DH and I used to go to a 3 or 4 day jazz festival in Eureka CA. By the second or third day we were wiped out and sick of music - just exhausted. So we started planning breaks and giving ourselves some away time too - quiet hikes in the redwoods and picnics on the beach - just the ticket for renewing energy. Perhaps you can scale down your activity level (if you do decide to go) so that you can enjoy yourself more and not be as worn out when you are through.

    Good luck making your decision - sounds like a fine pickle to me!
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    To be honest, they intimidate me! I love to go, I love to see what can be done, and I come away feeling totally inadequate, knowing that I will never get to the level of expertise that the makers of the show quilts are at!

    I think that's why I love gathering and working on vintage/antique machines...THAT I can do!
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    I enjoy going to quilt shows, but not for any inspiration. Just to enjoy looking at what can be done.

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    i enjoy going but once I get there it wears me out just to walk from car to vendor and show building always have to sit awhile before I can shop Than I get going and shop till I drop and whoever I am with has to go mget vehicle and pick me up. After 2 or 3 days of this I always say never again. But the next year I go again I always buy more than I plan, but things that after I get home forget how to use them. I do enjoy looking at all the beautiful quilts. But than after spending about a solid week in bed from exaustion I go to my studio and have a hard time sewing because I know I can never produce something as beautiful as what I saw at show. And talking about high prices I bought a diet coke from a vendor thinking I would get some ice only to find out a glass of ice was the same price as my coke

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    I am off to Pigeon Forge in March and looking forward to going. I hope to see an old friend who goes every year. My son's mother-in-law and I are going together. I got her into quilting, and she is loving it and excited about the trip. I may over purchase, but it is also my birthday, so no guilt! I love to look at everything and do get inspired!

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    I love quilt shows. I try to go to the United Kingdom each year.We have very few fabric shops here so it is a great way to see whats new. I only buy what I can afford.
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    I love shows, but only go if they are local.

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    I love the shows, especially the larger ones. I definately go for and get inspiried. I collect the photo's and keep them sorted by the one (or two) interesting features of the quilt that I want to glean something from (ie "Quilted Feathers", "Linear Quilting", "Applique" etc) and I'll sort through them when working on other projects. I confess I do the same thing with photo's I see here on QB and elsewhere on the web.

    I rarely spend much at the smaller shows (not that many vendors), but went wild in Paducah - of course most of the money I spent was spent at Hancock's of Paducah and mostly on the "batik bench". OH MY OH MY!!!

    That said, Hubby offered to take me to AQS show in Lancaster PA this year. Actually ... he wants to visit folks in Lancaster County and I said "why not do it when the quilt show is happening?". In the end, I changed my mind. The show is in mid March and I'd really rather visit our friends in the summer when we can enjoy the nice weather on his farm (they're Amish).
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    I don't go to quilt shows often. I enjoy seeing other quilters' work, but it helps bring home the fact that I like what I like as far as what I make. Designs, colors and fads come and go but few quilts are timeless.

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    I went to my first quilt show last week. I was inspired. I was also pleased to see that the quilts on display didn't have any better skill that what I can do. Some even had problems I would not have shared outside my sewing room.

    I had never heard of 'bed turning' so that was educational. Some of the quilt tops that had been rescued from the dumpster were awe inspiring.

    So - I'm now looking forward to next year and maybe entering some of my work. I may even join the local quilt guild.

    I didn't buy anything, although one of the fabric vendors had nice fabric at rates less than everywhere else I've looked.
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    am going to my third show this weekend, in NJ. I love to see the quilts. I don't even go through the vendor area cause it is all the same stuff over and over except for Quilting Threads. I love their assortment of pantos. I also like to look at any book sellers. I am a book taught quilter and love creativity in books. I can't afford to take classes with all these great people. Having a book will teach and inspire me for a long time.

    Being with loved ones and friends is more important than any quilt show but it is a nice way to spend time together.
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    I love to go to the AQS in Paducah, its about a 4 hour drive from where I live, but with gas prices the way they are I don't think I'll be going this year. I always come home very inspired and with lots of fresh new ideas. I always go to Eleanore Burns shop while there, also. I will miss going this year.

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    I am looking forward to the Dallas show. We are planning on going to it. For those in the NE Texas area, Tyler has a quilt show coming up later this month. It is a small show but very nice.
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