Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Ready, Set, Go...to Machine Quilters Expo!

Next week I am headed to New Hampshire for a great adventure in quilting...the Machine Quilters Exposition! I am getting so excited. I will be taking classes from leaders in the longarm world, viewing awesome quilts in the show, and shopping the vendors for new gadgets, threads, and quilty toys. I leave on Tuesday and return on Saturday. This is a very expensive little field trip! Well, once you buy a Gammill, you have already invested a small fortune. There are several big machine quilting shows in the US each year, including one in Kansas City and one in the Seattle area. I am flying up to Manchester with another quilter from Wilmington, NC, and we will share a room during the show. In addition to my four classes, I am going to be the "Teacher's Angel" for a class with Dawn Cavanaugh. Meaning, take attendance during the class. Not too hard for this former teacher! Almost like getting a free class! My classes are with fabulous quilt artists Jamie Wallen, Kimmy Brunner, Sharon Schamber, and a technician from Gammill Quilting Machines to discuss my biggest bugaboo, thread tension.

I decided not to enter any of my quilts in this show, mainly because the entry deadline fell at about the same time as the Capital Quilters Guild Show entries were due. Maybe next year. This time I am just going to be absorbing and learning everything I can, and hopefully getting majorly inspired.


Vicki W said...

I can hardly wait myself! I'm really excited about a 2-day design class with Janet Fogg. See you there!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Janet Fogg is awesome! I will be looking for you and your red glasses! I have added a link to your blog on my page. Thanks for visiting!


Janet-Lee said...

As much as you ladies may be excited about coming, we are just as excited about having you. We work on MQX 361 days out of the year for 4 days of pure enjoyment. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules and for all the expense it takes to go to a show like MQX. We will do everything possible to show you a great time so that you can relax and learn from the best.

Janet-Lee, MQX Founder

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Janet Lee, you are amazing! With one week to go, you are taking the time to visit my blog and write a kind comment! God bless you and Mary for your hard work and for creating this opportunity for us. I hope to meet you at MQX. This will be my first long-arm show, and I know it will be awesome.