NQA Review

Last week I attend the annual NQA conference in Columbus, OH.  This three day event hosted lectures, classes, vendors and a spectacular display of quilts.  I had the pleasure of going on a bus from my local quilt shop, Quilts and Sew Forth, along with 35 other quilters.  I had never done a bus trip before, but it’s a great way to go without driving it yourself.

The thing that impressed me the most was the winning quilts. OMG!  I don’t understand how someone could have that much foresight to create such unbelievable creations!  There was one that I especially liked with big beautiful poppies (I think that’s the right flower) on it done in shades of orange and red.  The border looked like it also had some hand painting done on it to enhance the flowers.

Then there is of course the intricate quilting, so exact, so close together.  You wonder if it was hand or machine?  How long did it take them to stitch that tiny?  Is that trapunto too or puffy because of the tight quilting?  Even under close examination, without touching, it was hard to tell.

This event is held in June of each year and I encourage you to take a trip either on a shop bus or a stop on your summer vacation to check it out.  There’s lots of shopping at the event, but Columbus also hosts quite a few quilts stores as well.  With all of that to check out you might need a few days!

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