Wednesday, March 06, 2013

EXPO 2013

Every other year my local quilt guild, Baltimore Heritage Quilters Guild, puts on its show. I always get involved in this, and have been in charge of hanging the show many times. I think this is the 4th time. Hanging the show involves planning where each quilt will be hung, hiring the pole and drape company, supervising the actual hanging, and also supervising the take down at the end of the show. It's easier now than the first two times I did this because we hire a company to come in an set up the poles and drapes. We used to rent a hanging system from another guild. It was made of wooden poles and used sheets as drapes. It was adequate, but looked home made. Getting it set up involved renting a truck to get the poles, getting volunteers to load and unload the truck, getting volunteers to set up the poles, getting volunteers to take down the poles, getting volunteers to reload the truck, drive to the storage facility, and unload the truck. This was a daunting task, not to mention physically challenging. We're not getting any younger. It costs to have this company come in, but when you figure the cost of renting the hanging system and renting a truck, and the huge hassle factor, it's worth every penny. And it looks very professional.

If you are in the Baltimore area the weekend of March 16-17, I hope you will take the opportunity to visit our show. There will be more than 300 quilts on display, plus multiple opportunities to spend money. We have vendors, a members' sale table, silent auction, and a room full of fabric remnants for sale at bargain prices. Hope to see you there!