I attended the inaugural show: QUILT! KNIT! STITCH! in Portland, Oregon last month. The show organizer is the same company that runs International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, Texas each Fall amongst other shows around the USA. It is my understanding that they wished to offer a show that was not just about quilts……but included other sewing and crafting disciplines such as knitting, heirloom sewing, fashion sewing; beading, crochet, etc. Much like our Sewing & Crafting shows here in Canada where we have sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, beading & more – all under one roof. I was very keen to attend this show to see what all the buzz was about.
It was good, as always, to attend a much larger show than our Western Canada shows with many vendors & exhibits under one roof. It is an ideal place for me to look at and research trends, new products and chat to vendors in a relatively short space of time. Obviously the eye candy of the many different exhibits on display was also a highlight for me. I seldom get time to do this when I am working at one of the sewing or quilting shows in Canada. I have posted pics of some of my favourite eye candy for you to enjoy too.
There was a lovely Heirloom sewing exhibit – all collected by one family spanning many era’s and styles of children’s clothing. I am a Licensed Martha Pullen HEIRLOOM SEWING Instructor so I do appreciate and know how much careful work goes into creating these types of garments. And many of the older ones were made completely by hand! I am SO pleased we now have wonderful sewing machines that can simulate most of these exquisite heirloom sewing techniques.
It was not such a long drive to Portland – I viewed this trip as my one & only summer road trip this year. Weather was great, Portland is just lovely (we explored the city using their public transit which was efficient and widely spread across the city – you really do not need to hassle finding parking for your car – leave it behind at your hotel & explore the city this way with a day pass) AND I finally got to see Mt St Helens with our 100 mile detour off the Interstate on the return journey to Canada. We have tried twice before (once in May…yes, well we were naively eager…. & another time in mid June……both times you could not get even remotely close to Mt St Helens as all the roads were still closed due to snow.) Well, that long 100 mile/3 hour detour was well worth it. Volcanoes fascinate me and I was not disappointed. Good road, great sunshine, beautiful mountain(s) …………what more could I ask for? 3rd time lucky!
Having said all this………..we also need to encourage you to attend the sewing shows in Canada. Going to Portland would be IN ADDITION to supporting your local quilt & sewing shows in Canada! I refer specifically to our Western Sewing shows in Victoria & Abbotsford (in the Spring) and in Edmonton & Calgary (in the Fall). We really need you sewing & quilting enthusiasts to attend these shows. If you do not, our vendors don’t sell very much & then they stop coming and, in the end, the show has little chance of surviving. We do not want that to happen……so, PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND THE UPCOMING SEWING SHOWS IN EDMONTON & CALGARY . You will find all the applicable information as regards dates, times, venues & classes in this link. I HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE?!
An the apple today??? Enjoy these inspirational pics (these were not quilts at the Portland show….sorry, do not recall any apple quilts there)