The Spring Quilt Festival 2004 was held in Rosemont, IL on March 24 -28. It was my first ever quilt or sewing expo and was very exciting. There were over 20 rows in the convention center. The first half of them were people exhibiting their quilts. I'm not sure if they were judged or something like that as I am not into quilting. We walked through it and admired some pieces.
Most of the product and venders there were geared toward quilters. This was actually a good thing since we were able to walk past several of the boots, stopping with great interest at 2-5 per row. And that kept us plenty busy. We didn't see any knit fabrics and it was many various cottons that would be used for quilts (or summer dresses or blouses!). There was also a good variety of yarn and things for knitters - again, which I am not.
My girlfriend who I went with took a sewing class with me as since it was my birthday that week, she gave me $50 of any kind of fabric I wanted. This was a lot of fun. Between her gift and my buying, I spent about $90 and enough for 4 outfits. I was hoping that the fabric there would be cheaper than I could get online, but I was wrong. I like the Michael Miller and Andover fabric and have purchased some great fabrics at The Cotton Shop (http://www.thecottonshop.net) and Hancock's of Paducah (http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/) form which I like their catalog. I was hoping the prices would be cheaper at the show, but they were not. Most fabrics were $7.50 to $8.50 a yard.
There were a variety of classes and demonstrations which I did not attend since they were geared toward quilting. There was also a Bernina fashion show which might of been nice, but I chose to spend my energy browsing fabrics.
There were also a variety of smaller vendor patterns for sale at various booths. Most of the sewing companies were present but were featuring their sewing machines geared towards quilters. I believe I will go to this again next year. It was a nice afternoon and not too overwhelming.