I know it is Saturday here in America, but this is a report on Wednesday, better late than never.
Our schedule is pretty busy, and there is so much to see and do.
Wednesday morning we arrived at the Convention centre and were greeted by Sue Nickels, who talked to us about the judging process, and what makes a winning quilt. Sue is pictured below with Cindy Brick, who is our tour guide on this trip.
And this is Pat Holly, whose quilt called Turkish Treasures, won Best of Show. The detail on this quilt was amazing.
It was exciting to find another quilt in the exhibition, which was also a prize winner, made by an Aussie, our own South Australian girl, Rachelle Denneny. She was awarded first in the Modern category. Photograph below is Michelle standing with the quilt.
I have got a lot more quilt photos, but I might leave them for a separate post, of only quilts, as I have limited time this morning, before the bus arrives.
The food here is "interesting". There are large containers of sauce, (ketchup) and mustard and pickles to add to your purchase.
A curly tater, which seems to be very popular, and we thought was enough for 4 people!
And it is hard to find a cup of coffee at this show, and no such thing as hot tea!! Everything comes with ice, and in LARGE cups!
After lunch, we took the trolley car to the Dome, pictured below. There were more quilts here, including the Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge. (pictures later), and the Ricky Tims display. And lots and lots more shops, or booths I think they call them here. It was in the dome where Pat and I found the shop we were looking for to purchase our EQ8 upgrade. (A bit more weight for the suitcase.)
Entry to the dome was through this revolving door, which was an interesting experience.
This guy was waiting to transport someone to the next place.
Another form of transport.
This is the trolley bus that we went on. There were also many many buses driving people from place to place.
When we sit down and talk to each other in our group, we get so many comments from the locals, "where are you from"?? We love your accent, keep talking. And we thought we had no accent, it was the Americans who talked with an accent!! They are so polite and friendly.
That evening most of the group went out for Chinese dinner, but I stayed back and had an early night. I had hardly had any sleep the previous night, and needed a catch up.
I think that will be enough for this post, as I need to get ready to catch the bus for another day out. This morning we head to Marion for a tour of Amish country.
Blessings, From Jude