Whew! It’s been a busy week following a very busy and very happy weekend last weekend.
For those who didn’t know, hadn’t heard, last weekend was our big biannual (maybe that’s semiannual) quilt show with participation from a WHOLE lot of quilt guilds. I think I read 15 guilds.
Anyway, it was tireless work and planning and thinking ahead to make the quilt show a success!
We had several nationally known speakers come to the show to teach (and to take) classes, a lot of them are in the local KC area. I forget sometimes what an essential asset we have in our wonderful teachers and vendors to our larger community.
Arriving on the main show floor at the top of the long escalators, we see a quilt completed by one of the major quilt planners.
This quilt was done by Lynn Droege was beautiful under glass and a great way to entice people to go into the hall.
I have so many memories of my experiences of the show, I am going to try to write them down for posterity. This post will have LOTS of writing, the next post may have LOTS of pictures in addition to LOTS of writing.
Indulge me as I go on in “diary format” and pretend I am reading this account to you in podcast form. Or that I am Frances, sharing a few delicious “quilt diaries”. Quilt Diary – Day 1
The Too Long;Didn’t Read version is: I had a lot of fun, met people I knew, people I didn’t know, felt happy, show went well.
How the show was organized
The first hallway before the main quilting area was the individual guild booths. This was our main moneymaker for the year, and all the last year we have been making items to sell at the boutique. My guild had lots of different types of items for sale, kinda like a craft show. Several guilds had opportunity quilts.
I somehow failed to get pictures of our guild booth, or the general front hall with all the guilds, even though each day I was blessed to see people from my guild and others.
Then a right hand turn and either with a ticket or a bracelet we could get into the show itself!
Immediately when we come into the hall, there is a door prize ticket booth on the left. The far left-handed side were all the guild quilts that were not judged. There were 2 full rows (each side) of quilts here. About 500 quilts on this side.
Directly in the middle were the vendors. Several rows of vendors.
And to the right-handed side coming into the show room were the judged quilts. About 150 quilts or so here if my math is right.
I was able to be at the show the 3 days of the festival itself. There was one other day of classes I did not attend.
AND there was a special room of 3 special exhibits that weren’t part of the main hall, down on the first floor, there were Beatles quilts by a group of quilters in Virginia, and Kansas City Star quilts (a main reason this is a great quilting hotspot), and some of the best quilts from QuiltCon.
So much to tell! I may break it up by days instead of break it up by types of things seen like Kathy did.
Personal Experiences of the KCRQF Day 1
Friday was unfortunate in that I had to work, but as soon as I got done at noon, I drove past the scary construction on the scary interstate to the show.
I had the “pockets of awesome” or on Friday, the “pockets of no charge”. I had my old phone which had all the phone numbers and access to data and was going to be my main connectivity with the twilters I was set to meetup with.
I also had my normal camera, the one that has been taking all these pictures for this blog since like 2012.
And I had my brand new phone, not really setup yet.
And a cable to charge all the things. At one time I had both phones outta charge. Silly technology.
Ok. First thing I did after entering the show was to find Carole’s quilt – I See Bridges. And I took a picture of me in front of it.
I tried to make a joke about how I saw bridges and I saw Carole’s quilt, but I didn’t see any twilters.
Unfortunately, Carole & Gretchen had plans to come to the show and neither one was able to make it. Carole’s quilt was about the only judged quilt I saw from anywhere not in the KC region, which I found very fantastic for her to enter the show that way. It was really unfortunate that she wasn’t able to see it in person.
I was starting to get nervous because the phone with the texts was notorious for dropping almost half available battery in half an hour, and I knew I would have to periodically check twitter and email on this very unreliable phone.
I think I was walking around for almost an hour back and forth before I saw anyone. Luckily Jackie and I were able to text. I stayed in the back of the show before I met up with anyone just to “stay in a central place”. I forgot how much I don’t have to wait for people on a regular day.
Jackie & I met up, walked the vendors really quickly, and then got in touch with Joyce, who follows Sandy at Quilting for the Rest of Us who also wasn’t able to attend the show. Joyce was with her friend Linda who was in the area, and Joyce and Linda were delightful to meet, even though she was not on twitter, and didn’t really know us, didn’t officially consider herself a twilter.
Just after we met Joyce, another friendly face, Valerie, showed up and introduced herself to our group, recognizing one of us, probably Jackie.
This was when Linda took a picture of us twilters and Joyce Friday afternoon.
At this point, we walked around and talked a little bit. I met one of our local guild members (also named Sandy – I think I know like 5 quilting Sandys), the one who quilted my red & black King’s Puzzle Quilt, and we had another long conversation, while Valerie & Jackie had things to do.
I got a cool idea of a suggestion of a collaboration with Tami since her round with all the folds was really fantastic on my quilt and her & I may be a good compliment.
And just as the local Sandy left, I was able to locate Tami! At this point, my phone situation was really getting desperate, my charge was like zero on both phones. I was seeing the people who were important for me to see, in addition of stopping by local people who I also kept seeing and they kept saying nice things about my quilt on the judged side of the show. It was also nice to sit and talk with people I know that did a lot of work for the show and just enjoying the show in general!
Tami & I had a small intimate discussion right there near the front door of the hall, probably in everyone’s way, but you know what, I didn’t care. I never exactly told Tami that I officially put my quilt Twilter’s Entwined in the show. I was so worried that I had jinxed it out of the show.
Long Side Story Here
short story of that. The round robins were due back in Feb, and Feb our guild voted on quilts to put into the show. The day our guild was voting, I had no energy, I had had a crappy day, I was burnt out doing all the work on Diane’s round robin, and so I brought nothing to add to quilts for my guild for the show. I didn’t have my round robin quilt anyway, and I know how long it takes for ME to go from top to quilt — LONG time usually.
Anyway, it was at our Feb guild retreat (after the voting) that we heard of several twilters going to try to come down for the Kansas City Show, thanks in particular to Sandy from QFTRUS really encouraging people to consider a meetup.
At the retreat, I finished the red & black quilt, and guild members said I should try to get it into the show, so Royal Red King’s Puzzle, I arranged to have it quilted in time to enter for the judged section (guild section was closed already, or so I thought). That was my very first long-arm purchasing interaction I have ever had.
Anyway, all the deadlines for the show had come & gone March 31st. I received my round robin quilt early April. A week later, there was a frantic email from our president saying ‘oops, we have more space than we thought’. Later the email said, ‘we can add more quilts, but the catch is that I have to know by 6PM on Friday (the day I am reading this is the same Friday)’. So I thought I could include Dancing Ribbons, sent off an email and then driving to work started thinking.
What if … I could get the pink quilt, the round robin quilt, twilter’s entwined completely finished in time? Would it be crazy, would it be do-able? If I could just get a quilter to agree to it……
So I put a post on twitter, tagged Jackie and a few other people maybe, and waited to see the response. I had massive emails/texts/twitter messages back & forth. I tell you it was nuts. I first thought for certain I could get both quilts in, emailing back the guild president, I met up with Jackie after work, showed her the pictures, we had already setup a sew-in date for early May, so would she be available to quilt it? YES?! PERFECT!
I was bouncing up & down the walls, not believing my good fortune. Tami did the round on the quilt and she was going to be here to see it and be a part of it hanging in the show. And another twilter was quilting it. Amazing! Things fell into place. I was joyous, I was obnoxious with happy, I was just so incredibly amazed and just feeling absolutely great!
Then later that night, they said there wasn’t enough space for the “medium-large sized” Twilters Entwined quilt.
Embarrassed at my overreaction about how things just seemed to work for the quilt. I was pretty much in tears that night. Mostly from embarrassment at myself and how I wasn’t keeping everything into perspective.
Fortunately, the next morning the guild president called me and told me that they were looking/talking with one of the coordinators, and somehow there was actually more space. I am not sure how that happened or if it was a result of me going overboard, or just miscalculation, or something else occurring somewhere.
But after that, I put in my paperwork, but wasn’t fully convinced it was going into the show until I turned my quilts in with the rest of our guild the meeting Tuesday before the show.
The rest of Friday continues
So Tami said she had seen my little Dancing Ribbons quilt in the show, was looking at it with I think Kathy earlier that day before I got here, turned her head to the side, and then saw the pink and purple quilt of my last story, Twilter’s Entwined. And she said she was floored. I really was excited for the fact that she may not know the quilt was there, I thought it was a nice surprise for her.
This picture is Tami in front of Twilter’s Entwined. I think taken by Kathy. Before I got there.
Anyway, while talking to Tami, Kathy came along and we talked about her love of Angela Walters, her love of blogging and how I love her quilt memes and blog posts are always so funny! And we kept standing right there at the beginning of the show.
Kathy did get a picture of her by my Royal Red King’s Puzzle quilt. Taken by Tami maybe. Before I got there.
Kathy looks great in front of my quilt, right?
We broke up as a small group in the late afternoon, with our prearranged meetup place & time – Joe’s Kansas City barbeque, which was like one “block” over from the convention center. During the time in between out-of-town twilters, I went back to the bag check area, found a plug in for my navigation phone so at least I could figure out what side of the road Joes was on exactly. I chatted and laughed and laughed with our bag check ladies from our guild, another from another guild, and I sat in the spot of the 3rd.
We constantly talked about how well the show seemed to be doing, how the people at bag check in the morning saw packed lines going up & down the escalator, how parking was a nightmare, and another lady from our guild saw me and asked if I knew I was working Saturday for the boutique.
What’s with this Saturday thing?
This had started to become a running joke with me, in addition to another embarrassing situation I put myself in due to a horrible typo. And finally by now, I had seen my twilters, so if nothing else, working Saturday wouldn’t be an issue for me since we were now able to meet on Friday night instead of Saturday morning.
I was originally signed up to do two volunteer sessions for the show. One for the ‘show itself’, and one for the ‘guild’. One of these I actually DID sign up for Saturday morning, before the Twilter’s had looked at schedules and decided that maybe Saturday breakfast was going to be our only shot at everyone getting together at once. The only time we were originally were going to meet was Saturday. This was the “Original Plan”.
A few days later, I asked both groups to make sure I wasn’t volunteering Saturday morning, I would just switch and then it would be easier and I wouldn’t miss the meetup.
Well, you know how many different versions of schedules get floated around, and how we all think we’re making a change, and somehow it doesn’t stick? Well, somehow both groups put me on Saturday morning, there was more going on, but the 2nd time it happened, (planning stages here), I was starting to get worried that things wouldn’t work out. I asked a 2nd time to make sure I wasn’t volunteering on Saturday … there were emails, and a very large typo. And it was embarrassing. And teeny tiny bit funny, once the hurt feelings from the typo were straightened out.
Once I knew we were meeting Friday night instead, that eased my worries a little, because no one had accidentally put me down for volunteering on Friday. Thank goodness for Jackie pulling together the spreadsheet with our times on it and noticing the date /time was available.
But that hadn’t been planned until a week/few days before the show. Good thing too, because we were getting the idea no one in particular was looking forward to a really early morning meetup for breakfast (except for maybe me).
I was just “so sure” that I would get volunteered Saturday by one or both groups I signed up to help, and that I would completely “miss out” on the meetup with everyone all in one place. I did get myself worked up for a while, imagining being “this close” to something I really wanted, and not being able to have it….
So on Friday of the show when I was told I was working Saturday, I burst out laughing. Mainly because of our other arrangements, also how silly it was to think how hard I was fighting not working Saturday. But now Saturday morning was MINE – FREE.
I decided to come early Saturday & make sure the one group didn’t actually NEED me to be here – a little family issues & trying to interpret someone else’s chart made it possible that I would need to help out on Saturday.
Me waiting for the show on Saturday, reading this diagram of classes (below).
At 6PM I pulled up to Joe’s, met with Valerie and Steve, then Jackie & Greg showed up, then Kathy & Cliff drove up with Tami.
I had heard great things about Joe’s, but mostly I heard about the fact it used to be called Oklahoma Joe’s and they changed the name to Joe’s Kansas City instead. And I heard the food was really good. I think the last time I had eaten it was like 10 years ago when I first moved to the area at a work function.
It was a “go up and order” your food and then sit down with a table once you got it kind of place. And I put myself in the front of the line.
I was tired, excited, elated, happy…. exhausted, talking a lot … on my feet for hours and hours and hours Friday. Luck was on my side when we got through the line, it was busy, and I wasn’t sure we were going to get to sit together, and oh boy, now I would somehow have to figure out how to arrange a seat. And then, a seat magically appeared. Large table with space for everyone! YAY. More quilt magic occurring.
Yes, the things I worry about.
So we got to sit together at Joe’s KC after the #KCRQF.
I didn’t realize that it was guys on one side + Kathy, and girls on the other. But there was a Royals game on that the guys could watch.
You can just barely make out our heads on the left. ;)
It was nice sitting across from Kathy & Cliff, we talked of them driving to Missouri Star Quilt Company on their way back in the morning, and it turns out that Cliff is a Husker fan (go Huskers), and now I will know someone in Illinois that is watching the Illinois/Nebraska game this fall when they play! :)
Kathy had saw the Beatles quilts down on the main floor. She seemed to really enjoy them! Kathy mentioned that she attended Quilt Con and she thought that this show, put together by GUILDS (not a quilt company) was super well run, seemed to work really smoothly, things seemed mostly on the top of their game. It was impressive about what we did. Luckily, there are enough guilds in the area that can help out with a show like this one to have the manpower to have the crowds we were talking here.
I may have lost some other parts of conversations, but soon, we were getting our “twilter meetup” picture and I was driving myself home.
Twilters agreed to try to meetup for Lunch the next day who all was here.
And that is another day, and another story, and hopefully more pictures, in another blog post. And I don’t know exactly when it will be written/posted. This story so far has taken me a lot of the afternoon. Probably why I was putting it off. So much to tell. And tell and tell. I don’t want to forget my fun & fantastic weekend, so I will be back hopefully soon with more details for you to share in my experience!