25.6 SQ Episode 043 – Meetup at MQS

May 20, 2012

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In this show I talk about my experiences of going to our international/national/semilocal/local show “Machine Quilters Showcase” which I helped out on two different occasions, and discuss some things that go on in quilt shows that you may or may not know.  Some of the behind the scenes stuff for the show in the tasks that I was able to do.

First I talk about my experience receiving quilts, and what that involves, and next about working on putting ribbons on the quilts, and some of the “last minute details” getting cleaned up before the show.

This is the stack of boxes just before getting the quilts out ready to sort and analyze them.

This is a small stack of quilts after sorting and folding some (maybe a 10th of the total were done by this time?) This is still when we’re unboxing things.

Here is the “ribbon committee” who were helping with sorting and organizing ribbons for placement on the quilts.

And here are the pretty ribbons we placed on the quilts.

And a particularly sparkly quilt that we loved the way it looked with the low light. This is the back (YES YOU HEARD ME) the back of the quilt.

Then I discuss meeting Jackie and Robin and a little bit about our day. If you can stick with the podcast until near the end you get to hear the small amount of audio that we recorded (just a hi and goodbye mainly in addition to many many giggles).

And here is Robin, me, and Jackie. I wore that shirt because I thought it’d be easy to spot me. 🙂 Had a couple of guys from up north tell me that the shirt was nice later in the day due to the logo.

And here is the BEST OF SHOW quilt that I was able to help move the plastic underneath the quilt prior to showing. And I pinned the ribbon on it (with white gloves).

Um…. I didn’t get the picture of the full quilt like I had thought. Too much to do/see I guess.  So you’ll have to just take my word on it.

I didn’t get the pictures all uploaded or analyzed yet. But if you like these, there are more to come later!  Enjoy!


  1. How exciting to be involved with the quilt show from the “other side”. There is so much that happens and I can only imagine some of it is rather thankless. Having been to some smoothly run quilt shows, I know I appreciate how nice everything is for us spectators. The Best of Show quilt is breath taking. I can only imagine the hours and hours involved in its creation. Now off to take a listen to the podcast.

  2. I forgot to say how great it is to have a face to go with your wonderful voice. I don’t believe I have seen a photo of you before. You could easily be my younger sister. We look quite similar. (hope that’s a good thing).
    Terje (sounds like Terry)

  3. Loved the podcast … this is one of your best… You include so much detail that is important for people who are entering QUILT SHOW…. it ranks up there with Annie Smith podcast about judging.

    A must listen to podcast. I had been thinking about entering but I chickened out.



  4. Enjoyed this episode, Darla. It’s cool to hear about all the behind the scenes stuff. Many years ago, we considered moving to the Overland Park area, but it’s good we didn’t since the company went kaput shortly after.. but with this episode, I thought about how nice it would be to live nearer to some of my fellow podcasters!

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