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Thread: Glendale quilt show (held in Burbank), March 28th -30th, 2008

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    Iím all excited over the prospects of going to the 2008 Glendale quilt guild show at the end of March, and was wondering if anyone else was planning on attending?

    Since it is my first show is there any tips or advice that you all could give me to help enhance the experience? I figure wearing comfortable shoes and having a 'little' extra cash is a good start.

    http://glendalequiltguild.org/2008quilt-show.html

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    Take your camera and be sure your batteries are charged and you have an extra picture card!

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    Comfortable shoes and extra cash are a good start. Notice I did not say a "little extra cash." :) Most vendors at quilt shows will also take credit cards.

    When I go to a quilt show, I find it useful to wear hiking pants with lots of pockets. I bring my wallet keys and some water. Also, I usually pack a lunch and leave it in my car in a cooler. Much better than what is available at the show.

    If it is a large show, it can be nice to spend two days viewing it. I tend to get visually overwhelmed at some point. If I have time I like to go back and look at the quilts that really impressed me.

    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yvonne
    Take your camera and be sure your batteries are charged and you have an extra picture card!
    I'll probably upset some people, but I have to say I find the number of people taking pictures at shows to be very distracting. The people taking pictures completely block others from viewing and act like everyone else is in their way. Or they get mad if you accidentally walk in front of them while they are taking a picture. Flashes gong off are also distracting when you are looking at a quilt.


    I am for a camera ban myself. Some shows sell videos of the show. I think is a good idea.

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    You have a strong point in regards to the photo taking. I hope I'm one of the considerate photographers. I wait my turn and often have pictures of peoples backs. I know there are some rude people out there but for every rude one I'm sure there are two polite ones. I have become very fast at taking my photos and very sneaky at times too!
    One reason I find photo taking advantageous is that I can not stand or walk for long periods of time so once through the show is about all I get to do. By taking photos I am able to go home and enjoy the quilts again and appreciate all the wonderful stitching.
    If they are selling photo CDs that's wonderful but I've seen that at only one show I've attended.
    That's my case for photo taking.

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    Take some of your personal return address labels and use them on all the tickets for any opportunity quilts you take a chance on. Saves time filling those things out, especially if you buy a bunch!

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    Quite honestly I didn't even know cameras were allowed to begin with. So rule of thumb: take the camera, but be polite about it if you're going to take a picture; got it!

    Yes, I was planning to buy a pass and go for at least the two days. I'm within easy driving distance from the location so that should help. I've also figured out some of the things I'd like to purchase but took the time to check out on-line prices so I don't get caught up in the moment. It's probably going to have ďa kid in a candy storeĒ feeling to it, so some restraint will be in order if not down right required.

    Iíd not thought about food and water, but thatís a good one too. Iíve been to the venue for book shows so it should be interesting to see how they set it up. Iíd take in a class but noted they want you to have your sewing machine, which I really donít care to tote along or leave in the car. There should be enough to keep me busy anyway Iíd imagine since it's my first show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yvonne
    You have a strong point in regards to the photo taking. I hope I'm one of the considerate photographers. I wait my turn and often have pictures of peoples backs. I know there are some rude people out there but for every rude one I'm sure there are two polite ones. I have become very fast at taking my photos and very sneaky at times too!
    One reason I find photo taking advantageous is that I can not stand or walk for long periods of time so once through the show is about all I get to do. By taking photos I am able to go home and enjoy the quilts again and appreciate all the wonderful stitching.
    If they are selling photo CDs that's wonderful but I've seen that at only one show I've attended.
    That's my case for photo taking.
    Yvone, I'm glad you're fast when taking pictures and I understand why you would want to. You're right about the photo cds not always being available. I've seen them at larger shows, but not at smaller local shows. But for whatever reason, I haven't noticed photographers as much at local shows. Maybe the aisles are less crowded.

    Last year, when I went to the Pacific International Show the vendor aisles were so crowded it was difficult to even walk through them. The aisles with quilts on display were also crowded. I took a long lunch and came back at about 3 pm, when the crowds thinned out.

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    Steve,
    If you want a picture of something in a vendor's booth be sure to ask permission before taking a photo. Some vendor's don't mind but others are very touchy about it.

    Also, check at the door that taking photos is okay. It's also the polite thing to do.

    Lisae also makes a valid point, it's easier to get around later in the day or on the second day. Time your visit accordingly.

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    Steve, this is off subject, but I just have to ask about your avatar.

    What is that? No matter how many times I look at it, I see the same thing - a flashback to high school biology class!

    Please tell me I am terribly wrong!


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    Take a small carrier with wheels on it....the vendors all have great stuff.
    After awhile the bags get really heavy and a small case on wheels
    you drag behind you can get much more in LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker101
    Steve, this is off subject, but I just have to ask about your avatar.

    What is that? No matter how many times I look at it, I see the same thing - a flashback to high school biology class!

    Please tell me I am terribly wrong!
    Check out the second page of my Amish nine-bar thread you'll totally understand.

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    I've now got all three days scheduled off from work, yippie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    Quite honestly I didn't even know cameras were allowed to begin with. So rule of thumb: take the camera, but be polite about it if you're going to take a picture; got it!
    You will want to watch out for signs that say No Photos Allowed! Usually those will be in the Vendor section but you will also find these signs attached to certain quilts in the show. Often the reason is that the maker of the quilt has not yet copyrighted his/her pattern or marketed it and they don't want others taking a picture and going home and copying the pattern.

    I once took a photo at a quilt show, my first. This lady comes charging out of this booth and literally tried to snatch my camara out of my hands. She demanded that I take out my film (before digital) and destroy it. She was very angry when I refused. In all actuality, she scared the spit right out of me! The funny thing is, I never did get that roll of film processed. I know over the past 16 years I have never seen her quilt or pattern anywhere. :P It sure taught me a lesson about making sure to always get permission before taking photos at a quilt show!

    My #1 suggestion would be to walk through the entire vendor area BEFORE buying anything. Trust me, the vendor area is like the gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel. If you don't do a walk-through first, you may find your credit cards and empty wallet crying all the way home. This way, you weed out the things that you can buy at your local quilt shop and focus on those yummy and unusual things just coming out.

    lisae - I can't imagine going to a quilt show and not taking pictures! :( I am one of those polite people. I don't block the way and I wait politely for others to view the quilt and move before snapping pictures. I have no problem including strange people into my photos. I have tons and tons and tons of quilt pictures. Whenever I'm feeling down or need some inspiration I start looking through them. I'm always amazed anew at the creativity and talent of people. I have never copied any of the photos and turned them into quilts, though I do have one I will be doing that to. I have permission from the maker of the quilt to copy it so I'm not stealing her pattern or anything like that.

    Our local guild offers a CD of the quilts entered into their show, but I don't think it is something that is offered to the public. I am blessed enough to get to work security at the show, which means I spend the night with the quilts and make sure nothing happens. I use this time, when no one else but me and a handful of my girlfriends are around, to take pictures. It takes me about 4 hours to take pictures of every single thing. The pictures taken during those nights are what is later put onto CD and offered at the guild meeting after the quilt show. If we were to make one beforehand, we would have to find a way to display each quilt, take pictures...UGH, the process would be enormous and I can see why smaller shows may not do this. Though it might be worth it and something I will bring up to my guild once we're closer to our show date next year. Hm, something to think about.

    I love quilt shows!!
    ~Tiffany

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    RE: pictures at quilt shows. I guess the thing that bugs me is that lately I feel like I am spending more time keeping out of the way of people taking pictures than looking at quilts. I think it is more of a problem at large, crowded shows than at smaller, local shows.

    I bought my first camera, a small digital camera, in 2005 or 2006, when prices for digital cameras were beginning to get somewhat reasonable. As I did not have a camera for many years, I developed the habit of making sketches (from memory) of any quilt or quilt pattern I wanted to remember. I like doing this because it gives me a chance to study the pattern, see how to make it and really see what I like about it. This does require me to look at some quilts several times.

    A lot of the patterns you see at quilt shows are traditional patterns and certainly the ones I am drawn to are, so I've never worried about copyright violations. I am interested in the makers interpretation, but if I make a version of the quilt, it will be different.

    Tiffany, I've worked security at our local quilt show also. It is fun to spend the night with the quilts and have uninterrupted time to view the show! If you wanted to make a CD of the show, set up might be a good time. All quilts go to the photography station (stand with appropriate lighting) before being hung. If it is a juried show, pictures are required with the application. All you have to do is require the pictures be in a digital format.
    Easy peasy to make a CD.


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    Ok,ok, so vague rule of thumb: take the camera, be extremely polite, and don't get your neck broke in doing it; got it! :lol:

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    I just know this is going to be like the vacation rule of taking twice the cash as you think you'll need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    I just know this is going to be like the vacation rule of taking twice the cash as you think you'll need.
    You understand!


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    Hey Steve - I'm going to the Glendale show too! I've actually booked a room at the hotel, even tho' I don't live that far away. Decided to make it a real vacation weekend! I haven't decided if I'm going to take a class or not, but I am planning to have fun :D I've also been to enough quilt shows, that I'm not so tempted to buy a lot of stuff at the vendors usually. :wink: You're more than welcome to hang out with my friends & I at the show if you want. PM me & we'll see what we can work out!

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    The quilt show I went to required "no flash" - your digital camera should have a setting for this. If looking for quilt kits, I've found that they disappear fast, so early is better for buying these. Have fun!! (and sometimes the food is quite good and only slightly pricey.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    I just know this is going to be like the vacation rule of taking twice the cash as you think you'll need.
    I think you meant four times the cash you think you'll need! :lol:
    ~Tiffany

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    Hey Steve - I'm going to the Glendale show too! I've actually booked a room at the hotel, even tho' I don't live that far away. Decided to make it a real vacation weekend! I haven't decided if I'm going to take a class or not, but I am planning to have fun :D I've also been to enough quilt shows, that I'm not so tempted to buy a lot of stuff at the vendors usually. :wink: You're more than welcome to hang out with my friends & I at the show if you want. PM me & we'll see what we can work out!
    I will indeed.

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    I'll also be going to the Glendale show. One of my favorite vendors will be there, Pincushion Boutique. She sells packets of 8 coordinated fat quarters that she calls "Sweet Treats," and she has many patterns you can make with these. You'll definitely want to stop by her booth and look around. Until then, check out her website:

    http://sweettreat.com/index1.html

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    Three days (and even two), as far as I can remember, is more time than necessary if you're just shopping. It's one of the smaller shows; however, after experiencing Road to California everything seems smaller. Can't wait for the new International show in Long Beach in July.

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    I'm so jealous of those who are going to the show. I just relocated to Virginia and can't join you guys. I used to live in woodland hills and would go every year. I was fortunated enough to ge to go to Road 2 California. Enjoy.

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