First bus departure was 8am. Duncan and I were downstairs ready to go with my four quilts, the giveaway, my laptop, power cord with adapter, handouts, etc.
It was a nice ampitheatre style room but Mr. Fabric Freedom's wife was waiting for her husband to return to set up in the same room. A bit later someone came back and told them that they would be in another room, so my announcement was still going to be ok that the Town Cryer was sharing. After setting up, I stood in the hall and made periodic announcements of what was about to happen in this room. There was no signage on the room to indicate what was about to happen.
Traditional Miniatures Exhibit
|Each log was about 3/16" wide|
|My photo doesn't show the 3D, but looking at it through the 3D glasses was phenomenal! Best fabric to show the 3D effect for sure. There were 3 quilts that used this particular fabric.|
Yin and Yang Exhibit
|I liked this as a best Irish representation|
|Storm at Sea - both traditional and modern interpretations|
|Wings of Dreams|
|Pam Holland was part of this one from Australia.|
The Irish Craft House
Road Less Traveled Exhibit
My Quilted Garden Exhibit
Longarm Lane (no real quilts were hung on these trees, just pieced blocks printed on signage)
Back at Towne Hall a bit of live music.
Had lunch in one of the college (National University Ireland - Galway) deli's that reopened just for this event and re-named "Stack and Whack Cafe".
I was priviledged to take a class from Claudia Pfeil in the afternoon. APQS brought in a machine for her to demo and we did drawing and took turns with hands-on. She taught me a new way to start and stop. I'm looking forward to trying it out on my own. It will allow me to not have 'starting stitches' or 'ending stitches' that are really tight together in comparison to the other stitches in the quilt and without a birds nest underneath! I'll try to explain.....take a stitch, bring up the bottom/bobbin thread, hold both the top and bobbin thread and pivot them from side to side as you stitch in the same spot until the thread is taut (2-4 times). I was able to take lots of photos of various stitchouts she demonstrated and ask lots of questions too. She even gave me some ideas on how to further quilt my 1892 Rondure. I just might have to put it back on the frame and work out some of those open spaces in the 'beams'.
Before the bus left for the day and took us back to the hotel, we made it through the vendor area and also to the Fat Quarters Chocolate Shop - Chocolate Decadence Exhibit
|Amazing binding technique, each turn is mitered and pieced together.|
|The dark round circles are actually holes in the quilt.|
|A larger than life cupcake and a true to life box of chocolates (one piece is already gone!).|
A long first day to the Festival, but valuable time spent learning and beautiful things were seen.
We got lazy and ordered pizza to be delivered for supper and just stayed in the room. Looking forward to a good night's rest.