Thursday, June 16, 2011

42nd Annual NQA Show

My friend Joyce and I got up very early Tuesday morning to catch the 6AM flight to Columbus, OH, with a layover at Midway in Chicago.  We arrived on time just fine.  Our bags, well, that's another story.  We were in Columbus at 2:30 PM, but our bags didn't arrive at the hotel until 11:00 PM.  Boy, were we relieved!!

This is the newly renovated room at the Hyatt on High Street next to the convention center where we stayed.

I am sitting at this desk right now writing to you!

This is the first stop in the morning!  Ah, Coffee after a short night!  What could be better?

Here is what we see out the window looking one direction.

Turning a bit, this is the view.  Lovely!  I love downtown!

We helped set up the NQA booth, printed and attached labels on CDs with multiple photos of each quilt in the judged show, stuffed the teacher goody bags among other behind the scenes tasks.

The theme this year is log cabin quilts and there is a separate display of just log cabin quilts as well as log cabin quilts that were entered in the judged show with all the other beautiful quilts.

The NQA logo is projected on the convention center wall next to Exhibit Hall C.

There was a lull at the registration booth for those volunteers manning the booth.

Here is Show Chairperson taking care of one of those last minute things most people aren't even aware of at a big show so that when you come to the show things run as smoothly as possible!

The Preview dinner was lovely.  President Judy Taylor addressed the group.  We also got to see a Master Quilt and it's maker as well as all the other 1st place quilts in the show.

After the dinner I worked in the NQA booth for the rest of the evening while those lucky people attending the preview dinner got to go see the beautiful quilts and visit all those vendors in the vendor area.

A busy, busy day.  We were tired, but what fun to be a part of the behind-the-scenes preparation for the show.  Hope you will be among those attending and that you will stop by the NQA booth to see the goodies there and meet members of the board manning the booth.  There will also be demonstrations by certified teachers.  If you are not an NQA member, stop by and join.  You will be glad you did!

Until next time,

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