(Alternative title - The Country Yard goes to International Spring Market)
On the way over there we went through 5 airports and clocked up a fair few hours in the air. Got there in time to have a good night's sleep before hitting Quilt Market running and not stopping for the three days it was held.
Talk about huge!! Hundreds of stalls, lots of people, plenty of walking, talking, stalking of our favourite designers and of course discovering new ones :-)
26 aisles of booths. Numbering of booths went from 101 to 2655 (some booths took up several spaces but that was still a lot of selling spots!)We were lucky to be able to do classes on two mornings, these were held before the doors opened on the main area so meant a couple of early starts, however our body clocks were all out of kilter anyway so what's a little more confusion?! We both found these inspiring and gave us great ideas to bring back to NZ.
|Eleanor Burns class on Saturday morning.|
We were delighted to see a strong appearance by our neighbours the Australian designers - catching up with favourites and meeting new ones - their booths looked brilliant and they certainly held their heads up high amongst the dozens of other designers.
|Laundry Basket Quilts booth. One of many beautiful booths.|
|Special exhibit presented by the International Quilt Assn|
|City tour in a WW2 Amphibus or Aquabus.|
Sadly we couldn't go on the water as the current was too strong.
|446 bridges in Pittsburgh!|
|Love the texture!|
We were treated to a genuine bed turning - what a buzz. Our guide was also blown away by the beautiful queen sized quilts and all three of us were considering which one we would like to take home....!
We went for lap quilts in the end though - this is the one I purchased.
|The first quilt I have ever purchased :-)|
|It looks perfect in our dining room. All the family approves!|
|A favourite photo taken during the flight home.|
Sunrise in Sydney, Australia.
Have a great day, and happy creating,