If you have ever wondered what happens behind the scenes putting on a Quilt Show, this is your chance. There are a lot of areas that yours truly does not work in, so I can’t talk about setting up our Boutique or Country Store, but I do know something about getting a showroom ready to hang quilts…
Day One, Monday, is the major set up day. We will skip all of the preparations leading up to this day for now. [Please let us know if you are interested in all the nitty gritty. We love to talk about it!]
Custom made frames are put together for each show – entries vary in sizes and no two shows are the same. There are no re-runs in the Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire. Each quilt has it’s own special place, measured and built for it.
The long counter in front of the “bar” area (below) belongs to Barbara Cleveland, and her dolls. She spent a lot of time arranging the curtains today, and will have a lot more work to do on Day Two, Wednesday, when the Dolls arrive.
Also ready to roll are the ‘Gallery’ frames that display wall hangings:
During the building and setting up, the “sweat shop” is busy ironing pounds of white cotton ‘skirts’ and ‘drapes’. These will hang around and under the quilts, adding a touch of elegance to the display. I do not have a photo of that – probably too busy ironing.
Gleness Nelson drapes the “skirts” on the lower pole of the Main Quilt Room frames.
When all are in place, and weighted down with small metal poles, and the long drapes were ironed and the skirts hung – Day One is finished for the Framing Team.
Susan Scott is still smiling this afternoon, after hours of ironing both skirts and drapes. She now helps Gleness getting the skirts hung so they can both go home.
Nadine Bowlus & Veda Kenk also smile while they work on the ‘Wearable Art’ display.
♥ TTFN ♥