It was, of course, exquisite. The photos simply do not do it justice as they cannot capture the detail and fine handwork that went into Summerset's creation. And imagine Vicki's suprise when she discovered in reading the garment description that Summerset had dedicated Bluebird of Happiness to her!!! Here is a better photo of the inside of the coat:
I returned to look at it later during the day to take more photos and notice all the details. It gave me the opportunity to overhear everyone else's comments on Summerset's work: "It is gorgeous." "Isn't this incredible?" "It definitely deserves Best in Show." I loved hearing those words because it confirmed that I wasn't just biased! In my opinion, it was far and away the best at the Quilt Show. All I can say is if you are in the area, go to the show before it ends on Sunday and see this for yourself; you'll be glad you did.
The show was well attended and long lines greeted us as we arrived:
Vicki's mother subsequently joined us, with her quilting friend, and the rest of the day was divided between looking at the incredible quilts on display and shopping at the vendors' booths.
I won't bore you with too many photos - you simply have to go see for yourself the fabulous creations there, but this was a real stunner made by Karen Kay Buckley of Carlisle, PA which she calls Arabesque:
And this one quickly got our attention, by Barbara E. Lies of Madison, Wisconsin, which she calls Saffron Spring:
And finally, my favorite by Renae Haddadin of Sandy, Utah, called Beauty From Within:
None of these photos show the detailed quilting involved, so you just have to go and see for yourself!
All and all, we had a great time. Fabric was purchased, along with quilt patterns, and supplies. The vendors had a wide variety of fabric lines this year and I would say the sales were quite good. We left a tad poorer, but a whole lot happier, and we agreed this year's show was better than last. I'll show my haul another post, but I'll leave you with the Parting Shot: