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Thread: Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festivals

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    Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festivals

    Has anyone attended these festivals. They have them in Arizona, California,Idaho and elsewhere. There is going to be one in Portland in April. They seem to be different than the expos. I am wondering if they are worth attending.

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    I wonder what the difference is??? I will be watching for an answer.
    So much fabric, so little time.

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    What are they called and who is putting them on?

    I also wonder what the difference in, ArlaJo
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    Are you talking about these: www.quiltcraftsew.com ? I haven't. But honestly, the last couple of large shows I went to (Quilt Canada and the Philadelphia Quilt Extravaganza (by Mancuso) were extremely disappointing. We have an amazing show in Rochester every other year, the Genesee Valley Quilt Show. Unfortunately, this is an "off year," it will not be held again until June of 2019. There are also several smaller shows that I have seen larger displays of quilts at.

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    I always try to go to the ones that Show in our area, and buy something from a new vendor. Our local LQS worked hard at packing, moving fabric, stuffing a pull trailer etc. until she said it was not worth it. If we dont support them they will not come, and our craft/hobby slowly dies.....But if prices becomes so outrageous, then, I guess we can say we had a good run, what's next?

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    Are you talking about Quilt! Knit! Stitch! ?

    I went to the one in Portland last year (or was it the year before?) and it was really good! There were vendors and exhibits for sewing, knitting, crocheting, and needlework, but the majority of the exhibits and vendors were quilting-related. I've been to Houston 4 times and Paducah once, and this show doesn't compete with those, but it was still a very good show and I was not sorry I went, not by a long shot.

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    peaceandjoy above had the link, but I thought I would show it again.
    http://quiltcraftsew.com
    I wasn’t able to go to the Puyallup Sew Expo which is ends today, but thought this might be a little bit like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan in AK View Post
    Has anyone attended these festivals. They have them in Arizona, California,Idaho and elsewhere. There is going to be one in Portland in April. They seem to be different than the expos. I am wondering if they are worth attending.
    In my experience these shows are “a shopping” experience. You can see new products, demonstrations, classes, etc. They do have quilts displayed, but there is not a “quilt show” where quilts are entered, judged and awarded ribbons. It is fun to go to these Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festivals to shop and/or be educated.

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    I rarely base my decision to go to any craft/needlework show on a few bad reviews. I was walking into a craft show and a few ladies came out and said don't waste your money, it's awful. I went in anyway as I was already there. I though it was great. I bought several crafts that would be perfect for workshops for my guild that the vendors was happy to come teach. As program chair it was a major find that gave the guild lots of contacts we would never have had that branched out to community projects. We gained a lot of new members.
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    Thanks for your comments. I think I will give it a try.

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    www.quiltcraftsew.com this one comes to Phoenix, AZ. Mostly vendors selling. Very few quilts. I am spoiled though because for a few years I was living in Houston and went to the International Quilt Show. I haven't been to the one here in three years. Parking is too expensive just to go in and spend money on supplies you can get at your local shops which I prefer to support. This one also goes to Pomona, CA. Road to California is better in that it has more quilts on display. AQS was here I think two years ago but turnout was so poor they said they wouldn't be back. Heartbreaking because I took classes for the first time ever and met some great instructors and had a great time even though I was on crutches at the time.

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    By the way, the Dallas Quilt Show is next weekend. I go every year and never come home empty handed. I go to buy not necessarily to look at the judged quilts.
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    We did have one here in ID and I didn’t go. I heard after that it was amazing....

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    We have one here in Phoenix at the end of January. It is put on by Rusty Barn Productions. Lots of vendors with new patterns, materials, notions, and more. One of my friends bought an event sewing machine for a great discount. The vendors don't want to take everything home. I bought my Tutto that way. We make it a fun day and thoroughly enjoy ourselves.
    This year I was looking for a specific sewing machine cabinet. Unfortunately it isn't being made yet. I want small, not heavy, and an electric lift. I can only hope someone makes it one day. Or save to have it specially made. The Koala one was way too heavy. Darn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan in AK View Post
    peaceandjoy above had the link, but I thought I would show it again.
    http://quiltcraftsew.com
    I wasn’t able to go to the Puyallup Sew Expo which is ends today, but thought this might be a little bit like it.
    I didn't make it to the Puyallup show either, but heard it was disappointing for quilters. To be fair, it was billed as "Sew Expo" so it had a lot of crafts and sewing activities other than quilting.
    Since I am more interested in quilting, I'm going to wait for the "Quilt Expo" in the fall.
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    We are going to the Dallas Quilt Show this Saturday. It is always a good show, 90% quilt related. The quilts on display are fantastic. The quilts are displayed in rows in among the booths which I like because you can view the quilts and look at the vendor booths also.
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