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Thread: Quilt Show....Go or stay home & quilt?

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    Quilt Show....Go or stay home & quilt?

    That's my quandary. I have the day to myself. I can quilt all day if I like, or I can go to the Georgia quilt show which is about a 2 & 1/2 hour drive for me. Part of me wants to stay home & quilt to my heart's content. The other part figures I'll be kicking myself for not going. I've never been to this show. I'm wondering how it compares to the Asheville quilt show which is the largest one I've ever been to. Thouhts anyone? Which choice would you make?
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    GO - Go - Go! you can always quilt at home, but the shows are once a year. I went to Jacksonville Last month and loved the show and vendors!!!

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    I would go! You may get some fresh inspiration and perspective! Enjoy a nice day out at a lovely show. I'm sure you won't regret it!

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    Go! Winter's coming on and you will have plenty of time to sew. You are sure to get more ideas, patterns and fabric to fill your winter days with sewing.

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    Start kicking now if you decide not to go!! You can find other times to quilt, but the show will be gone! I wish I could go to a show, but my health prohibits it..think of all the wonderful ideas you will getr there

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    It's late for you now - I hope you went. I drive to Ontario, CA every year for the Road to California every year. When my sister lived in Rialto I would spend the night up there and go twice. Now I just go for the day. It is worth the drive every year and if you want quilting time, then take your machine and spend the night. I have never regretted going to a quilt show only missing one because no one wanted to go with me and my sister moved away.

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    I'm thinking it's tomorrow that you are talking about? Or maybe Saturday? Absolutely get a friend to go with you and GO! You'll be so inspired and have such fun. Pick up all the freebies you can. HQ always gives away chocolate kisses, and there will be coupons and other fun things to get, too. Sign up for drawings and maybe buy a raffle ticket. If we were closer I'd go with you!!
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    Yep, it's tomorrow I'm thinking about and y'all have persuaded me I really should go. LynnVT, I wish you were here to go with me. Thanks all!
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    Hope you DO decide to go even if you can't find someone to go with. I've been to a small local quilt show, but attended my first big quilt show (the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX) last November and went by myself. I had a blast and will be going again in just a couple of weeks. I got so inspired and was amazed at all of the talent represented by the many quilts. It was helpful to see and get to purchase some of the newest quilting tools on the market, also. Have fun and enjoy treating yourself!
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    Unless you have a deadline, I hope you went to the show!! The quilting will still be there when you get home with renewed inspiration!

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    I drove 1/2 hour to one where the vendors had quilts on display in their booth areas but other quilts that normally would have been in a separate room on display to visitors were hung above the vendor rows at ceiling height. I couldn't seem them worth anything! very disappointing. I may not go next year. that was terrible.
    i'm going this weekend to a guild show. i know i can actually see their quilts!!

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    Oh, please go.... I was there today and saw so many beautiful and inspirational quilts. Yes there is sooooooo much temptation to buy everything you see but you have to put the retraints on. Sew later and get your walking shoes ready. I'm thinking about going again tomorrow.

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    I lived in Memphis for a long time and attended the first fifteen years of the American Quilter's Society shows...and I wouldn't trade those special times for anything. So...............GO!
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    Go !....the inspiration alone will make it worth while.

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    I bet if you go it will give you a boost and sewing at home will be even more fun. Besides, there's got to be a vendor or two that may have something to add to your arsenal. Sounds like a win-win to me.
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    That's a no brainier. Quilt shows only come once a year and see how inspired you will get!

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    I have never ever regretted going to a show but I have regretted staying home.

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    I will be the lone dissenting vote. I would think seriously about staying home if I were you. I have so few days that could be devoted to quilting, and a lot of days spent running around. It would be hard to give up a quiet day. And there is a quilt show on QB every day - no need for me to go looking for more to look at. Whatever you do, enjoy the day!
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    show, they are unbelievable, like someone said you can quilt anytime but shows are not everyday
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    I'm going Sat hope to get some good ideas and not spend to much.

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    GO, I have never regreted going, but have often regreted NOT going to a quilt show.

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    Go! I spent Wednesday at the judging for our guild show as a scribe for the judge. Great educational experience for me. This afternoon I went back to help with the hanging (partly also to get a sneak peek). I'll go again on Sunday to take some pictures of favorite quilts and help with the takedown. Very inspired now to get back into my sewing room.

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    Cardinal Rule for Quilters .... Don't EVER miss a Quilt Show !!!

    There are lots of days you can quilt ... but Shows only come once a year (or 2) !!

    Think I've only regretted going to maybe ONE quilt show in 25 years of quilting, it was years ago and was a very small show ... even so, it was a beautiful Fall day and we still enjoyed our trip & Girls Day Out !
    Last edited by TexasGurl; 10-19-2012 at 09:38 AM.

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    I just gave up a day of quilting to go to the International Quilt Show in Santa Clara, CA. Took a granddaughter with me and, although she got tired she still says she was glad to go. Find a friend who needs/would enjoy going out with you and you have created a win/win trip.

    The inspiration and the awareness of all the different things you could be doing with your quilting makes it pay to go! Blows my mind to go to a good show! Even our tiny show in our tiny town is inspirational! Ideas are floating around out there that you and I have yet to capture!
    Last edited by Sierra; 10-19-2012 at 09:46 AM.

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    If it were me, I would hate to drive 2 1/2 hours by myself. I've done it but not enjoyed it. But I don't like driving that far by myself. If you are going with someone, I'd go. Otherwise, I'd stay home and sew. So, I guess I'm the second one who votes for staying home and sewing all day. You will save money on gas and on whatever you would purchase. But then again, you will miss out on everything the show has to offer. That's just what I would do because I wouldn't want to drive so far.
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