In a dead heat to finish No River Too Wide, and instead of blogging I thought I would share photos of Quilting Around Chautauqua this past weekend.
I signed books at the Millcreek Sewing and Fabric booth both days. When I wasn’t signing and talking to my fabulous readers, I had a chance to see a bit of the show. Unfortunately we didn’t get photos of the quilts displayed from the various local quilt guilds. I think we got mesmerized and forgot to snap.
Most of these are from the vendor area in the historic Athenaeum Hotel, (1881) which is the oldest wooden hotel still in use east of the Mississippi. Since Thomas Edison was a frequent resident at Chautauqua Institution, the hotel was also one of the first to have electric lights.
The quilt behind me is Trip Around the World from Eleanor Burns, who was a guest lecturer at the show and always a star wherever she goes.
The show is an annual event and this year had about 4,000 attendees. Next year my buddy Pat Sloan will be one of two fabulous quilter guests, and Karen Kay Buckley will be the other. You’d better believe I’ll be here.
I was delighted to find an old friend among the vendors, Lennie Hencoop, the Dutch Quilter, and I sat side-by-side at Road to California several years ago and had wonderful chats. It was a delight to find here at this show and catch up a little.
I also had a chance to meet Diane Phalen and get an autographed copy of her new print Quilting Around Chautauqua. She is absolutely delightful. Wouldn’t it be great if I do another Shenandoah Album book and she did the cover? Be still my heart.
Of course in the end, in addition to wonderful classes, speakers and quilt displays, it was also about shopping. If you’ve ever been to a show, this won’t surprise you.
I’ll be back next year to see the fun, and it will be fun with Pat in residence. Hope some of you have the chance to enjoy it, too.