Written by Laura Chaney, daughter
My parents’ visit to San Francisco last week just happened to coincide with the 2015 Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF). Just 40 minutes away from my house, I skipped out of work and hopped in the car with Mom and my partner’s mom (who also is a quilter) to make a day of it.
This was our first time to this particular quilt show, and I was impressed by its size and variety! Held in the Santa Clara Convention Center, there was a huge vendor mall and multiple quilt exhibits, including the international exhibit with quilts from all over the world. We only had the one day, so we didn’t get to see every single vendor, although I think we did hit all of the quilts in the show.
The beautiful Bernina Q20 Longarm was on display again, and I loved her just as much this time as I did at the Paducah show this year. My partner’s mom gave her a whirl and fell in love too! We spent the rest of the trip plotting how we could convince the boys that we needed to make room for this in one of our houses.
And then of course there were the random finds from the vendor mall. I somehow resisted purchasing them, and actually managed to get out of the show without making a single purchase!
This was definitely a great show that I’ll return to again next year, hopefully for at least two days so I can spend more time seeing the wonderful quilts and shopping.
I was at PIQF on Sunday – besides there being a football game at the Levi stadium which made figuring out where to park a bit tough, it's a show I love to go to every year. I particularly like to see the international quilts. Fun to see the quilting trends of other countries. And vendors are my favorite. But I did pretty good this trip keeping it all to a minimum.
My friends and I always go to Road 2 California each year too. We actually stay for a few days and take classes. We also have a local/regional quilts show each year called Best of the Valley that we all love.
Oh so fun Laura! Glad you all had such a good time. A cathedral window earth quilt – That really is amazing!