Friday, July 12, 2013

The Scoop on the Oregon Summer Quilt Expo 2013

Anne of Cottons 'n Wool and I met at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds for the first ever Quilt Expo.  Since it was the first one there has to be a little grace given...but, the organizer of this event has a huge learning curve.  They did an excellent job on procuring a venue...our fairgrounds is a class act.  The vendors were also EXCELLENT!  A wide variety to interest a cross section of quilters.  I enjoyed the entire vendor mall, leaving a chunk of change behind and hope you will make an effort to check it out.  An event of this kind will only enhance our own quilting community and hopefully bring even more quilters to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show! Which is the most amazing event on earth!  

So where did the organizer miss the boat?  For one thing...there was a fabulous Route 66 quilt which was stuck up in an out of the way place...that quilt should have been front and center with a large poster board explaining about the creation.  Advertising was minimal...yes, it is year one...and hopefully it will only get better and better...but, it was basically empty.  I heard over and over from people who stumbled on the event that they had the hardest time figuring out how to register for classes...and...Where were the buses???  I only hope the vendors at least make their cost this year and come back next year.  I love that Central Oregon is the best place on earth for a quilter and would love to see it continue to be a mecca for those in love with fabric!  

Enjoy the slide show and if you have a chance take a gander to the fairgrounds...you will not be disappointed in the vendor mall.  The quilt displays...well, they still need a little work.  I'll be back here on Monday with the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show slideshow...and I know you will be amazed!

PS.  for those of you wondering why you haven't seen my project from June Jaeger's class...I have Enzo's body and neck done but he is headless! lol  I just couldn't show this work in progress...but, soon you'll get to see what I am up too! 


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