How many of us have been to quilt shows? While they are pretty cool to go to I think I enjoy the more informal “show & share” better. It is here that you get to talk with the quilter, hear the real story behind why the quilt was made, what it was made from and who it may or may not be given to.
Every September a group of us show up at Maple Beach in Pt Roberts. We hang quilts all over the front porch and on the clothesline in the backyard. We’ve been doing this for 9 years and every year we get people walking by stopping to ask about the quilts. People are fascinated by the quilts and the stories we tell. And we do enjoy sharing with each other as well as anyone asking to see our quilts.
One May long weekend in Powell River we discovered a quilter who had come to camp. For some reason quilting came up and the excitement rose to such a level that we decided to have an impromtu quilt show and share in the backyard of my house. Good thing the lawn was mown Anyway, this lead to discussion about quilting retreats and low and behold, Anne made it to the 1st Annual MLQ Quilt Camp.
Sisters, Oregon, what an awesome outdoor show this is. So, maybe we didn’t get to meet the people who had quilts hanging in the show but we sure did get to enjoy quilts in a very natural environment. And it did prompt those of us who were on this road trip to bring our picnic quilts and quilted bags to share where ever we chose to stop and enjoy ourselves.