Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Great Escape!

I made a last-minute decision to accept an invitation to vend at the Wings Falls Quilters Guild Quilt show this past weekend. The group meets regularly in Glens Falls, New York.

Glens Falls is at the very eastern edge of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. In the summertime, that means it's time for some fun!

Although summer hasn't officially arrived yet. The temperature on the last day of May when I arrived in the area, was hot and steamy. How fortunate that Martha's Dandee Creme was located directly across the street from my hotel!

Not just your average ice cream stand, Martha's has an interesting history. Seems Martha lived in New York City in the 1930s, she came to the Lake George area (just a few miles north of Glens Falls) and fell in love with it. She convinced her family to help her finance the purchase of some land--a popular restaurant and ice cream stand soon followed. "Charlie" the rooster portrayed on the huge sign in front of the ice cream stand, likely was inspired by one of the residents in the chicken coop located behind the original restaurant and residence! 

Directly across the street from Martha's (and next door to my hotel) is the The Great Escape theme park.

Complete with a huge gut-releasing ride at it's entrance, the park is surrounded with lush green, shady trees.

And a couple of roller coasters!

The park looked like it would be a fabulous good time, but back at the quilt show I had a booth to prepare!

The Wings Falls Quilters Guild holds their biennial show in The Dome at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury, New York. The Dome is a huge athletic arena with a vinyl roof that is supported by air pressure.

After passing through a couple of garage doors that kept the pressure-ized air in, I was able to drive right up to my booth space, unload the car and get started. Here we are, ready to roll! My booth was located right at 'home plate!'

As luck would have it, the booth right next to mine was my good friends at Loose Threads Quilt Shop from Plattsburgh. They had lots of tempting quilty treats, including some Snap Sack kits. So did the folks at Adirondack Quilts in a booth on the opposite side of the arena.

And here's another collection of tempting wool treats available from a vendor at the show.

And then there were the quilts. This one, made from a pattern by Edyta Sitar, was made by Pam Schafer using primarily Daiwabo Taupe fabrics. Lovely!

And this one also made by Pam Schafer from a pattern by Mary Ross and Barbara Shea was a real beauty.

With so many quilts on display, leave it to me to find the hummingbird! (A detail from the quilt above)

As a vendor, I was asked to select a "Vendor's Choice" quilt. I just loved all the birds appliqued into these quilt blocks. And the quilt looks so scrappy, too. I couldn't resist! It was made by Nancy Swezey after she took a workshop with Becky Goldsmith.

It seems like I was drawn to applique quilts as I took some quick photos, but all the quilts were just fabulous! All the entries were really amazing!

By the end of the show, it was time to head back to the hotel. Martha's was hoppin'!

But still time to find a quiet spot by the hotel swimming pool next to a beautiful clematis in full bloom.

Happy Stitching!

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