When I heard it was going to be the last year for festival in Long Beach I knew I needed to make the 400 mile drive south to experience it for the last time in this California location. My daughter Indigo and I hit the road at 8:30 am
and made it to the outskirts of Los Angeles county around 2:30 pm. Needing a pitstop we stopped in Glendale where we lived for many years and popped in the Galleria and made a fast detour to check out some shoes my daughter was interested in. I was sold immediately on these ultra light weight canvas boots made by a company called Palladium, I think they will be perfect for travel since they are light and have a much better foot support than a Converse sneaker. 15 minutes later we were back on the road in yucky LA traffic driving to Orange county to meet up with my good friends Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.
If you didn’t know, Jamie and Leslie are wonderful cooks and have a shared blog called Artists Cooking with Gas, so of course we had a fabulous meal of plank cooked salmon and a delicious veggie salad.
We had a lovely time catching up with good wine and lots of laughs, and in the morning we drove to Long Beach
After dropping our stuff at the hotel we brought the quilts for the Dinner @ 8 exhibit An Exquisite Moment that Jamie and Leslie curated to the convention center and started the process of laying out the quilts to arrange them for hanging.
This is actually a pretty elaborate process that requires a team of volunteers; to find all the rods and cords for hanging, that also need to be adjusted to the same length so the quilts line up at the same height when being hung.
The quilts need to be arranged so that they compliment each other by subject or color and have a good visual flow.
My height comes in handy when it comes to the physical hanging, getting the hooks up over the drape rods above and clipping the quilt hanging rod in place. Then they all need to be adjusted so they have equal spacing and fine tune the distance above each quilt for any differentiation that occurs from where the hanging sleeve has been attached.
It’s always fun catching up with old friends too, Katsy Chappell and I were on the board together when I belonged to the Glendale Quilt guild 8 years ago. This is a seriously funny woman who regularly does stand up comedy and she has now begun performing for Quilt groups too with quilting themed humor we can all appreciate.
The exhibit is beautiful with a lot of wonderful quilts, it definitely drew a lot of attention at the show.
It was such a treat to go to a quilt show just for fun, it has been years since I have had time to see the quilts and visit with friends, usually I’m running on overdrive from the moment I wake up, teaching all day, and then grabbing dinner with friends in the evening with out much opportunity to relax and soak it in.
Yvonne and Mistyfuse Iris
It was wonderful to see my dear friend Frieda Anderson, I miss my Chicago peeps.
While Frieda and I were walking the show floor we ran into our friend Wendy Butler Berns from Wisconsin.
Indigo worked with Iris in the Mistyfuse booth during the show. The booth was constantly mobbed with people which was wonderful to see, not only as a sign of a boost in the economy but also because I love seeing people switching to the best fusible on the market.
The fun didn’t stop when the show closed, it just moved to a new location, the hotel bar. It’s been fun getting to know the Sacramento area art quilters Jenny Lyons, Peggy Clark and Melinda Bula and catching up with them in Long Beach.
Bonnie McCaffery’s just posted her wonderful video interview from International Quilt festival in Houston last October with The Dinner @ 8 Rituals exhibit participants, where you can see several of the artists explain the inspiration for their work.
Next week I’m off to the midwest to teach at the American Quilters Society show in Grand Rapids Michigan.