We are long term quilt show attendees, and even entrants to non-judged shows, but this week will be our first time as an official vendor at a quilt show.
The Elm City Quilt Guild will be having a show at the Gibson Memorial United Church at 183 Gibson St here in Fredericton on Friday Oct 19th from 10am to 8pm and on Saturday Oct 20th from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $5.
If you’ve never been to a quilt show before, here’s what to expect.
There’s usually an admission fee, but this may also cover tea, coffee and snacks. If this is the case, there will be a food areas with goodies. Some volunteers but in as much effort to the food and running the kitchen as other volunteers have done with the quilts! The funds from admission usually go to the guild to cover the cost of putting on the show, and any remaining funds will be used for guilds duties – many of which are charity based.
There’s usually a raffle of some sort. Either for a gift basket full of donations, which could be anything, or tickets sold on an entire quilt.
You will see a LOT of quilts. Not just bed quilts, not just boring quilts. You will see quilts of all sizes and shapes. Mini quilts, super size blocks quilts, wall quilts, and definitely art quilts with an amazing amount of detail and work involved.
There will be volunteers on hand to not only answer any questions, but also make sure you do not touch the quilts. Most of the quilts in the show are used in someone’s household or could be a gift, but many are not washable, like art quilts. In addition, the wear and tear on fabric and absorbing body oils from a few hundred people touching fabric will be hard on the quilts. Volunteers with either be gloved, and can turn the corner of a quilt for you to see the back, or they will hand out gloves at the door.
As with all art, quilts can be subjective and you may see a quilt or two that maybe is not to your taste. Sometimes quilt guilds have challenges that have results that may or may not work, artistically. For those, I like to appreciate the work involved.
Being a quilter and volunteer, it’s been interesting standing by some quilts and overhearing opinions – especially about my own when the onlookers are unaware they may be talking about my quilt. (it was all good. 😀 )
Pictures are usually allowed and social media sharing is definitely encouraged. We all love inspiration.
Finally, there will be an extra room (usually near the food or in the basement) with tables set up showcasing various vendors that sell quilting supplies. After all, quilt shows attract quilters and quilters love to spend money on new fabric!
Sometimes you will find vendors selling handcrafted quilted items or related like bags, aprons, pillows, and sometimes there might be some quilts displayed in the show that are also for sale.
There’s differences between quilt shows and where they are and who might be hosting, but the one thing they have in common is a really good time spending celebrating the art of quilting and those that love it.
If you do come by the show this weekend, please stop by and say hi!
(pictures included in this post were all taken by me during the Keswick Guils Fall 2017 show.)