Mancuso does it again with a great and inspirational quilt show. I roamed the aisles with a friend who is longing to buy a mid- arm sewing machine. Not as easy as you would think to find this machine that would answer the problem many of us have. Where can we put the bulk of the pieced quilt sandwich while quilting? Many dealers showed us fabulous long arm machines with huge tables. You could design and produce anything with these industrial beauties but in addition to costing so many thousands, they take up room!
I had the please of meeing the owner of Material Pleasures, Dana Balsamo of Princeton, NJ. "Wrap Yourself in History". Balsamo is a quilt historian and appraiser who had a booth of lovely, reasonably priced antique lace, old quilts and quilt tops, linens of all shapes and sizes in great condition. My girlfriend uses linen tablecloths as quilt backs so we stopped and browsed. Ms. Balsamo had oodles of lovely printed vintage hankies. I told her my Mom still has them in her top drawer but other than the emotional value, I don't understand them. She said to look out for the hankies with calandars on them, cities and signed items. Good tips and lovely that she shared her knowledge!