Quilting is why we go. Getting away from snow, wind and temperatures of -25 is a bonus. DH comes with me. I tell him it is the perk of being married to a quilter.
Planes. Carts. Snow blowers. Graders. Emergency vehicles. A little rabbit hopping out of danger across the runway. That was the view outside as we waited far too many hours in the more than one airport.
Inside, I looked past the chairs, children and frustrated adults and searched for items of interest. Billboards (potential quilting lines?)…
Carpets (see some familiar quilting stitches?)…
Upholstery (wouldn’t that be a nice quilt pattern?)…
We arrived on the Big Island of Hawaii a day late, but ready for our Quilting on the Beach adventure and what an adventure it was.
Robert, Karen and the Staff at Quilt Passions organized a supurb week of classes and activities for approximately 150 people from places as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Canada and Continental USA. This was their 9th year and I was amazed at how much effort they put into it. Everything from Welcome packages, receptions, excursions, dinners, tours and of course, the classes.
For us, it started on Saturday with a Big Island Quilt Shop Hop followed by a welcome reception. The reception really was outdoors, and on the beach in front of the King Kamehameha Beach Hotel.
After a nice range of pupus (Hawaiian appetizers), we met the teachers and then Quilting on the Beach 2018 was officially launched with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, after which we were entertained with Hawaiian dance by children.
The week ended with an open invitation to a small local quilt show. The theme was ‘Something Fishy’. Here are a few pictures of their creativity:
Stay with me for the next few weeks as I share some of my experiences between the beginning and the end of the week.