This is going to be a two part post as I have so many pictures from the Quilts in Bloom Quilt Show last weekend in Ukiah.
I want to thank the Grapevine Quilters so much for making this such a pleasant experience. You were all so helpful and attentive to us throughout the entire show.
My appointment time to be at the loading dock was 1pm. Since I'm always early for everything, we arrived around noon (after our lunch and milkshakes at the Bebop diner), with two vehicles full of quilts, product, and props.
Gail and I were delighted we could unload early, and then we went from delighted to thrilled when young men and women from the California Conservation Corps (CCC) were there to help us unload! The young women and men of the Corps work hard protecting and restoring California’s environment and responding to disasters, becoming stronger workers, citizens and individuals through their service. Helping out at the quilt show is part of their outreach program to the community.
With cars unloaded, and everything deposited in our "spot", we went to work unpacking and arranging our living space for the next two days.
We had an additional four feet of floor space which really made a difference. I usually have a 10' wide booth, and it can get pretty cramped. From now on I'm going to spring for the larger-sized booth. It was much, MUCH easier to display the quilts and product.
Good old Country Charmer is always the favorite!
Ukiah is in wine country, so I brought Once Upon a Vine with me, and it drew some interest.
Grammy Squares is hot on the heels of Country Charmer when it comes to sales. I'm finding this quilt just draws people into the booth, both men and women. You've heard of "chic magnet", well this is a "quilt magnet". People are curious to see how it's made.
We met the nicest people last weekend. From quilters to non-quilters, you were so pleasant! While I demonstrated Patchwork Math, Gail manned the check-out area. It is good to have an accountant in the family!
We were so happy to see our friend Helen from Healdsburg, and our buddy Jeanne from Penngrove. Helen was able to stay and join us for dinner Saturday night. Jeanne kept us company for lunch on Sunday. You girls went out of your way to see the show, spend some time with us, and we appreciated it so much.
At the close of the show, here comes the CCC to help us put everything away and haul it back to our cars. We had everything packed up and safely stowed away in ONE HOUR! We were like horses heading for the barn.
I could not have done this show without the help and companionship of my sister, Gail. You are a trooper! Now about your snoring.......you really did sound like a rotary dial phone!
Again our thanks to the Grapevine Quilters. We'll be seeing you in February at your guild for a lecture and workshop, and we will see you again at the show next year!