Friday, May 10, 2019

Mancuso Lancaster Show May 2019

My friend Bobbi and I went out to the new Mancuso Show in Lancaster today. It's a relatively easy drive, made all the better by Bobbi's choice to take Rte 30 for much of it. We arrived a little before eleven o'clock.

The show itself was really good. Lots of pretty quilts, lots of big pretty quilts. Yes, there were many of the kinds of things that don't interest me, i.e., thread painting, intricate machine quilting, that kind of thing. But there were plenty of nice big pieced quilts. There was a fine assortment of vendors, some of the ones we usually find at big shows and some different ones. I went without a shopping list and bought only about eight fat quarters.

The venue was another story. The show was held at the old Lancaster Host, recently acquired by Wyndham and in the process of being remodeled. Bobbi, who knows things, told me that Mancuso had been promised everything would be done in time. Being married to an architect, I have a pretty good idea how realistic those promises are. It wasn't Mancuso's fault. It wasn't Wyndham's fault. It prolly wasn't even the contractors' faults. Construction delays happen.

Consequently, parking was problematic because of all of the equipment needed for construction. The floor in the Lampeter exhibition hall was irregular, patched, taped-down cords all over, areas where it felt as though carpet had been placed over open spaces (not huge ones, just enough to be alarming). It was very, very crowded with narrow spaces between booths. Vendors were kind of somehow mixed in with quilts. It wasn't a place you would want to be if a fire broke out. Signage was poor. The ladies room on the main level had five stalls, none of them handicapped, and of the five only three were working. Downstairs, where there were fewer people looking at the exhibits there (due to the signage problem), there were plenty of working toilets. The exhibit space downstairs was great. The old Tennis Courts area was also still being remodeled, but the floor was more stable, there was much more light than there used to be, and there was more space to move around. Nice bathrooms there, too.

Will I go back next year? You bet I will. It was a very good show with excellent vendors. And in a year the hotel should be humming.

Here are the photos I took of quilts I liked:

Friday, May 03, 2019

Quilts From Winter of 2019: Part Three of Three

This queen-size quilt is made entirely from 2-1/2 inch squares of Liberty and is a reminder of our trip last autumn to Great Britain. I bought some fabric packs at Liberty of London and added them to the few pieces I already had. The quilt is from a pattern called Mazed, by Kristy Daum.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Quilts From Winter 2019: Part Two of Three

This pretty quilt has the unfortunate name of The Pneumonia Quilt. When I was sick, Himself pointed out -- once again -- that I don't cough as much when I sew. I had recently reorganized and purged my stash and come across a package of fat somethings (no longer remember if they were quarters or eighths) and since I'm a sucker for a basket block, I aimlessly began. When I put them up on the wall, I was pleasantly surprised to find there were three different ways to arrange a group of four. 

This quilt is a breach of my vow to not make a quilt using only one line of fabric. I admit it. But the mitigating circumstance is the pneumonia. And, of course, the solids kind of help the breach. I ordered the border from the same line; it was hard to find and it came all the way from Utah (Hi, Janet!). Got here pretty quickly, too. 

Here are close-ups of the three ways to set the foursomes:

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Quilts From Winter, 2019 Part One of Three

I made three large quilts this winter and got them back from the machinist a couple of weeks ago and finished binding the last just a few days ago. Today we took pictures.

This first one is intended as a wedding gift to the son of a long-time friend. I confess that I don't really know the son well and I've never met his bride. But I hope they will like this quilt.

I didn't have a pattern. I saw a picture on line that I liked and right around that time I took a class at a shop where I bought FQ bundles of Tula's spots and stripes and knew they would be perfect for my intent. I dove into my bin of solids to help them out. The black is a mottle rather than a crisp Kona and it works nicely with the brights.

My machinist is very good. Here's a close-up: