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Dates: Thursday - Sunday, 3rd weekend in October
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center (free parking)
It's right next to Great America for DHs and/or kids.
I haven't been doing much quilting lately, but I love to go to this show.
1. It's the only big, international show in Northern California.
2. There is a pretty good offering of the independent patterns there,
although I think the only company that comes is Park Bench Patternworks.
3. The vendors who sell the indy's patterns often have finished samples
of the items in their booths. Granted, most are out of cotton, but it's
a good way to get an idea of what the finished item can look like.
4. The wearable art show. It's not as big as the the one in Houston.
5. Mary Lou Rankin's booth with all of her new samples from Park Bench
Patternworks. What fun! And she's so nice.
6. Several sewing machine and serger companies come with both sewing
machines and sergers.
7. Lots of classes. Many on wearable art. Many by renown national & international teachers
that don't get to Livermore.
It takes 4-6 hours to go through all the vendors, quilts, and wearables.
I recommend against going on Saturday, especially right when it opens.
It's very crowded then. I have gone on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
I liked Thursday the best, fewest people, but a girlfriend recently told
me that Sunday was a really good day to go, too. The problem with
going on Sunday or Saturday, for that matter, is that the vendors start
to run out of things, like the very pattern I want.
All in all, it's a very good show, but if you aren't into quilts, wearable
art, or independent pattern companies, you probably won't find much of