VQF does a first class job of encouraging young quiltmakers to enter the show, and I've long been impressed with both the quantity of quilts and the diversity of what these young people can accomplish. This picture above is one of my very favorite pictures from the show...it was taken in the vendor mall area, and this little girl (who has a shopping bag over her shoulder as big as she is) was really concentrating on working with the machine...she was not just playing around. She attracted quite a group of admirers watching her stitch her flower pattern. I love that Vermont is the kind of a show where this kind of creativity is encouraged!
Janome USA and Bittersweet Fabric Shop of Boscawen NH are two of the platinum sponsors of the festival, and this year they (again) worked together to acknowledge this very special group of young people. At the Opening preview, each Young Quilter (defined as aged 17 or younger) was awarded a brand new Janome sewing machine. I think this is extraordinary, and I love the fact that I get goose bumps just thinking about it.
I think this photo was posted on Facebook by Pat Sloan originally, and it captures the excitement of the evening.
More coming later this week...I'm still unpacking!