If I had to write an essay about “What I Did On My Summer Vacation,” it would have to include my Adventure at Quilt Odyssey, a Quilt Show in Hershey, PA.
One of my many quilt-y activities include making show samples and testing patterns for Fabric Café, in Tyler, Texas. I found the shop a number of years ago on the Internet, and subsequently met Donna & Bob at several Quilt Shows. In time, we have developed both a friendship and working relationship which I greatly cherish.
A couple of weeks ago, I got a call and the Caller-ID said “Fabric Café.” This is unusual as Donna & I spend time sharing on Facebook and e-Mail. Donna had received a call from Quilt Odyssey that there was a last minute vacancy and was Fabric Café available to fill a booth in the Merchant’s Mall? She was already committed to teach in Huntsville, Alabama, the week of the Quilt Show. She told me that Bob would be able to attend the show in Hershey, PA, but would I be available to help?
So began my Great Quilt Show Adventure. With one week’s notice, we made plans. I was to meet Bob in Hershey at the Hershey Lodge, on Wednesday, July 24th to set up the booth.
The Show opened on Thursday, July 25th and went through Sunday, July 28th, and the Merchant’s Mall was open from 10 AM to 6 PM Thursday-Saturday, and 10 AM – 4 PM on Sunday.
It was a busy event, saw lots of people, worked long, hard days and had tons of fun! Looking at the pictures, I made the tops for a lot of the quilts that are hanging up.
I have now seen Quilt Shows from a different perspective. I have a great respect for the vendors at Quilt Shows, it is a lot of work in a short time. Next time you go to a Quilt Show, thank a Vendor for coming!