|Review for 2008:
Today was Vermont Quilt Festival 2008 visitation day for me. With two friends I sallied forth to see what this year held. Seems that today I saw a few less people than last year at first, but it picked up shortly after mid-morning. The quilts are beautiful, ranging from art in fabric to traditional Drunkard's Path and Sunbonnet Sue.
The vendor array was much the same as last year, but this year I stopped to watch a demo of the Miracle Ironing Board Cover, and along with my two friends and a pressing crowd of pretty pushy ladies, I actually bought one. Considering my life-long investment in ironing board covers possible does not top $30, the $31 I spent on this one is overdue! Then I hit the sewing machine vendors, saw the new Husqvarna Viking Super-Embroidery-Uber-Size-Harp Diamond. Lovely machine, lovely touch screen and uses a huge hoop. Also saw Janome and Bernina but didn't notice anything really new at either vendor. Janome is a winner in vendor appearance and total presence though, with at least a dozen machines, and some very cheery people. Nothing tempted me this year except the new Janome serger/coverstitch which is smaller and prettier than I had thought it was. I didn't ask the price because I really am not in the market yet for an upgrade on my serger to that level. Oh yes, Pfaff had the new machine, but that booth was pretty small and somehow not too appealing. Since the vendors are the individual dealers it is hard to say why some have a terrific presence and some don't. The Janome booth always has a Janome headquarters person there. That's is a very telling point to me. They know how to merchandise.
There were fabric store merchants from all over the U.S., Maine to Oregon and North Dakota in between - as representatives of the range I saw there. Lovely fabrics, precut and not precut. One could overspend the years allowance on quilting fabric easily.
Again this year, we garment sewers almost felt like we were there "under the radar" as there is very little there for us except the handbag fabrics and patterns, and some notions. I did see a lovely thread cabinet - all wood with expertly finished hardware and finishing. This was from Georgia, USA, and the nicest piece of wood working I have seen in awhile.
It is held at Saint Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont, and show floor and vendors at the Champlain Valley Exhibition. the 400+ visitors may be housed in the dorms at St. Mike's and meals are in the Dining Facility. Classes are held at Saint Michael's in air conditioned classrooms! :) The facilities are excellent for both venues.
It goes on until Sunday the 29th, and is a fun and exhausting time! Half a day did me in.