At this festival, oftentimes you'll see a vendor that has expanded her textile reach far beyond quilts. Pat Pauly is one such. She makes these fabulous hand painted aprons.
There are vintage quilts at the fest also. I took photos of some of my favorites. These were made before computerized quilting machines. All the tiny stitches and patterns were done by hand.
I saved what I consider to be the "best" for last. I have seen this quilt before at a previous quilt fest but I was so pleased to see it again. It is huge and tells a story. In fact, I consider it a historical document of family letters back and forth from Europe to America during World War II.
The quilter used the old letters, a Western Union telegram and a photo of the mama to tell the story.
Because it seems I have been sewing almost forever, you can see why this annual event is a highlight for me.