I can quilt for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles.

Yesterday, I couldn’t wait for the kids to get on the school bus.

Okay, so that’s every day.

But yesterday, as soon as they were on the bus, I pulled the car out of the driveway to head out to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to spend a little time at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Week. The drive was uneventful, and I found free street parking only a block and a half away, which was pretty sweet. The line for admission wasn’t outrageously long, but it was disorganized–more of a mob than a line. They really should have had ropes or a volunteer to get people straightened out.

Once inside, I made a beeline for Superior Threads. My soon-to-be-retired Pfaff Grand Quilter loves So Fine #50, and according to the current owner, the soon-to-be-mine HQ16 does, too. I pulled out the shopping list on my phone and went to TOWN on the So Fine display, plus picked up a spool of Bottom Line, a spool of MonoPoly, and a spool of red Magnifico.

 

I browsed a bit more, and picked up a couple of new Olfa cutters: a 60mm and a rotary circle cutter. My mother asked me to stop by a booth to visit Ann Holte and show her a picture of the Lancaster Diamond quilt top she had completed shortly after attending a retreat. Ann was lovely and gracious, and I let her know how much my mom enjoyed the technique.

After that, it was time to wander through the quilt displays, where I was once again reminded that there is a fine line between “inspiring” and “intimidating”. I had to laugh at one quilt in particular. Last week, I spent a fair amount of time complaining about making 800 yellow, gray, and white 2″ half-square triangles. I was bored, bored, bored, and happy to see the end of them. Then I saw this:

I estimated that there are about 10,000 half-square triangles in that quilt. ONE-INCH HALF-SQUARE TRIANGLES.

After my quilty morning, I got to have a quilty evening at the monthly meeting of the Berry Basket Quilters. Most meetings follow the format of a program speaker, a short break, the business meeting, and show-and-tell. Last night’s speaker was Pat Yamin of Come Quilt with Me. She brought her collection of antique quilts to show us, as well as some of her books and templates that were offered for purchase.

I didn’t get a chance to take a picture during the break, so I took a stealth pic with my phone during the business meeting. So here are a few of Pat Yamin’s antique quilts. They’re not this blurry in real life.

Pat was an engaging speaker, and she stayed all the way through the business meeting and show-and-tell–which not every guest does!

The quilt hanging up there is going to be the Berry Basket Quilters’ next raffle quilt. I’m buying all the tickets. I win.