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Wonderful Quilts and More!

That is the only way to describe the American Quilters Society (AQS) Show that I attended in Lancaster to showcase Small Town Lies and Small Town Haven. Despite the fact that this was the “small” show, I think that three floors of quilts done in an amazing variety of styles is pretty extensive. There were plenty of vendors too with everything from large long arm machines to button and notions. The weather could have been a bit more cooperative although I did depart ahead of the alleged final snow of the season. The temperature dropping to 19 was a bit much for me and definitely impacted my plans to wander around downtown Lancaster. I had a great time doing author presentations though, met three of the other AQS authors, and several of the AQS staff.

Unlike the other authors who write how-to books, and therefore could set up “author demonstrations” that were visual in nature, I had to think a bit about how to “demonstrate” a novel. I settled on using four desktop signs in a semi-circle with details about how I created Wallington, Georgia and the characters. I started with showing the four towns that I drew from: Covington, Georgia;  Damariscotta, Maine; Natchitoches, Louisiana; and Homestead, Florida. The next part was about characteristics of Wallington — how they had retained their town square, etc.,. The next sign was focused on Helen and her quilting circle with brief descriptions of the characters. As one woman said in reading it — “We have all those women in our group.” The final section had a few paragraphs about what might be in store for Helen and her friends in the future. It was a different way for me to present, but it turned out to be a lot of fun and while I usually had two-three women at a time at the table, the number grew to almost a dozen at one point. I don’t know if I’ll be able to make any of the other quilting shows this year, but we’ll see.

In the meantime, here’s hoping that the cold weather is abating in most of the country and milder temperatures and pretty blossoms are getting ready to bloom. On the writing front, I’m lining up a couple of projects that I can’t talk about just yet, but will do so as soon as I can.

Charlie