My mom is a fantastic quilter… She also happened to be visiting at the same time as the San Diego Quilt Show… So off we went!
I had only a vague notion what to expect but this was not my mom’s first rodeo, nonetheless, both of us had a great time:) I will say, I was one of only a very few men, and probably the only one under 50;)We saw some exceptionally nice quilts. Anyone could enter a quilt, but the level of craftsmanship did not seem to suffer from the open policy. Not every quilt was something I would want or do, but EVERY quilt was well done – my compliments to all participants!
The theme of the show was “It’s a Zoo Out There” and in fitting with that, the organizers had the San Diego Zoo bring some animal ambassadors out to visit with the quilters. My mom and I pet an armadillo (caption – not carrying leprosy), and got to see a North American Porcupine:)
The special guest was Sue Rasmussen. Being new to quilting, I didn’t know who she was, but her quilts were amazing. AH. MAZE. ING.
Sue gave a short presentation of humorous quilting anecdotes that everyone (even me!) found entertaining. But perhaps that was because there was also complementary wine being drunk by most of the attendees;) My mom and I were not able to take any of the classes offered by Sue, but I can easily imagine she is a talented and engaging instructor.
Another highlight was watching my mom test-drive a $20,000 long arm quilter. This thing was bananas. Roughly 12′ long and 4′ wide and smarter than I am. Particularly impressive to me was the speed control when free motion quilting. The needle speed accelerated and decelerated depending on how fast you moved the arm! Maybe I’m easily impressed, but I thought that was pretty damn sweet.
As we left the show, we were treated to a beautiful view of my wonderful city…