I’m blogging here in Hampton, Virginia, at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. This is a Mancuso show, which means the show is organized and well-run, and everyone knows what to expect. Well, everyone except the vendors.
The quilters expected beautiful quilts, and we weren’t disappointed. But the vendors had to have doubts when they set up their wares in preparation for the thousands of quilters who attend this show each year. After an informal survey, I’m happy to report that the quilting economy seems to be fine. Fabric is selling. Patterns and books are selling. Threads, trims, and embellishments are selling. I even visited with a quilter who bought a longarm machine!
Sure, we’re watching our pennies. But we’re also quilters. We’re buying what we need to continue making the quilts that comfort others. We’re buying the fabric and kits that make our own hearts sing. We’re generating positive energy and we’re putting it out into the universe. At least for the duration of this show, we’re not dwelling on the bad news from the outside. We’re thankful to be here, thankful to be quilters, and thankful to be part of this community. If only the rest of the world’s challenges could be addressed so simply.