I started with the exhibit quilts and this one quickly caught my eye. Humor and quilting, so perfect together! Fortunately, Mr. Main Street is no Brad; the Mister is pretty much oblivious to how much fabric I have (and how much I've spent on it).
Dottie"s Lament by Suzanne Bower, Dublin, PA
Here is another eye-catching quilt. It is an abstract depiction of a flower bed at the peak of summer, pieced in half hexagons.
Summer Peaks, by Irene Marchetto, Chatham, NJ
Summer Peaks, detail of the piecing
I'm afraid I'm getting jaded. Perhaps it is the impact of the internet. But I did not see many quilts I really liked this year. The exhibits included the award winning quilts from the 2016 Mid-Atlantc Quilt Competition (another Mancuso show, it took place in Feb. in Virginia). Yes, the award winners were spectacular but most were very densely machine quilted and I am not really a fan; I like a quilt that drapes. The other exhibit quilts were mini collections from various places. For example, I saw several Kaffe Fassett quilts from Liza Priory Lucy but they look familiar, like I've seen them before at other shows.
What made the show worthwhile for me was several new-to-me vendors with unique merchandise. I picked up some Oakshott fat quarters from Pinwheels, purveyors of Daiwabo taupes from Japan, ball and chain zippers, wood buttons, as well as the Oakshott. Her booth was very attractive and welcoming, lovely to browse.
Then I discovered Atelier D'Isabelle, selling her original design stitcheries in kit form, along with linen fat quarters and trims from France. (Isabelle is actually French and her website is in French.) Really cute and different; I bought two kits that can be made into small pictures or pillows.
No, I haven't finished mine already. These photos are from the booth.
Both L'atelier D'Isabelle and Pinwheels will be at the AQS show in Lancaster, PA next week. If you are going, I recommend you check them out.