There also seemed to be fewer vendors with less merchandise. Many of them were selling embellishments for art and crazy quilts. I did come home with a pattern and a few pieces of fabric needed to complete some current quilts in the final planning stage. I also came home with 4 empty fabric bolts that my husband quickly cut in half so that I could use them for storage.
Besides having fewer quilts, many of the quilts were not hung to show them to their best advantage. As I walked past a group of miniatures that was too high to really appreciate, a woman stopped me. She asked if I could tell that the quilt in front of us had 120 hours of hand work. She went on to point out some of the stitching. It was then, that I realized she was the quilter and she noticed that I did not stop very long in front of her quilt. She was very upset at the way it was hung and I had to agree with her (she was actually a little scary). It is a shame the quilt was not hung at a more advantageous level. I would have liked to examine the stitching more closely. Here is a picture of the quilter and her handiwork. The white area forming the center of each of the flowers was made of of hundreds of tiny button hole stitches.
Below is a the front and back of a quilt by Mary Anne Ciccotelli who is currently soliciting photos of interesting quilt backs for her new lecture and trunk show, "Fun Backs - Going the Extra Mile." It's not surprising that she won a ribbon.