“A World of Quilts XXXVII” – all I can say is WOW!  What a magnificent display of quilts.  Nearly 95% of the 189 registered quilts on display were made by our guild members, and each quilt was wonderful.  It was one of the most beautiful displays of quilts ever for the Show making our inaugural Show at the O’Neill Center that more memorable.

I also can’t say enough for the volunteerism of our members.  I know I have received numerous congratulations on how well the Show went, but it would not have been possible without the help of you.  The Quilt Show Committee members were great and I can’t thank them enough for carrying out their assignments with an efficiency that allowed me to concentrate on other details of the Show.  I also want to thank all of the Guild members that pitched in to help wherever it was needed.  Whether it was sewing sleeves on our drapes, setting up the pipe frames for quilt hanging, taking vouchers at the door, keeping a watchful eye for something that was happening as it should, or helping address any of the other “glitches” we encountered at the Show, our members stepped up to make it work.  It certainly helped make my work easier.

Although I don’t have a final tally on the financial aspect of the Show, it did well.  We had about 1,500 attendees come through the box office.  While that is generally a slight decline in our historic attendance figures, it was comparable to last year’s number.  I am certain with the positive comments we heard from the attendees that this number will grow as more people hear about the first class Show we put on.

We have already started thinking of next year’s Show.  I’ve been compiling a list of what worked and what didn’t (and yes, you can send me your ideas).  What should we do differently?  Chris and Noreen will be looking for a great team for their committee.  If you want to get involved and help make the Show even better, contact either one of them.  It’s a great way to meet people and get involved in the Guild.  And don’t forget, it’s not too early to start working of your entry for “A World of Quilts XXXVIII”!

Susan Fasnacht, VP Quilt Show