Last month I got a chance to attend the "Road to California" quilt show. The show is an annual event in Ontario California.
I had a quilt on display in the human figure category. It was the first time I entered a traditional quilt show.
As an art quilter, I have been devoting time to exhibitions which are either open ended or have a specific theme like diaspora, our gun culture or metamorphosis. I entered on a whim my quilt "Swing". My goal was to better understand how these venues determine winners, provide feedback and what the value would be for an art quilter like me to enter these kind of shows in the future.
By the end of two days at the show I learned that I needed to improve my technical skills and rethink what might be a better fit using my current technique. I am even thinking of making a a more traditional quilt to enter in next's years show.
The big surprise I had was how much I loved looking at vendors. These entrepreneurs offered a wide variety products. What stuck me was that they were fantastic creativity coaches.
My favorite vendor was the "French General". The store located in Los Angeles displayed everything needed to start an embroidery project. Just looking at the booth ideas poured into me head and the staff was welcoming. Not pushy or elitist. Just the right balance.
I bought a hoop, small scissors (I planed to buy these) and a tea towel kit without stitch instructions! The staff me permission to just do my own thing - perfect an out of the box person like me.
Until next time...