I just got home after taking the redeye from Portland Saturday night. Can't
wait to take a shower and sleep all day!
The show was great fun. It was so hot, and you just couldn't escape the heat or
the sun, even in the shade. I'd pop into stores for a few minutes, but I really
wasn't interested in doing anything except seeing the quilts. I arrived early,
around 8AM. I had stayed about 10 miles away at the Eagle Crest Resort. Nice
place - golf, tennis, pool and a spa( which I wish I would have had time to
Anyway, it did seem to me that there were slightly less quilts than last year.
Or maybe it was just that I wasn't as overwhelmed by the whole thing since this
was a repeat visit.
The funniest thing had to with toilet paper. Yep, toilet paper. I was taking a
picture of a quilt, waiting for an older gentleman to move on so I could get a
better shot. He scooted out of the way and I thanked him, but noticed he was
carrying 2 6-packs of toilet paper. I assumed he was local and was picking
stuff up a the ***tore.
I walk a little further and I see 2 couples, with the men each holding 2
6packs. They were not local local, their wives were clearly there for the show.
And then I started noticing almost EVERYONE is walking around with packs of
toilet paper. There was a baby stroller crammed full of the stuff on top of
the cover, underneath, in the pockets on the back,*** in bags from the
At this point, I HAD to know what was going on. I had used the PortOPotty and
was pleased to see there was toilet paper, so I couldn't imagine people were
lugging it around * just in case.*
Well, turns out it's the 100th anniversity of Quilted Northern Toilet Paper. So
they sent a tractor-trailer full to the show and were giving it away free. As
much as you wanted. There was a pickup parked nearby that had 3 cases in the
back. Basically, their feeling was the more you took - the sooner they could
There was NO way I was taking any on a plane back to NY, but it was very, very
amusing to watch. I had to take quite a few pictures, because my friends would
never believe it.
I mean, don't these people have a Costco where they live? LOL!
I didn't get to meet up with any RCTQ-ers. I was at the Sisters Hotel (now the
Bronco soemthing) at the appointed hour of 1PM, but after 15 minutes of
approaching every woman in turquoise - with no luck in locating Sandi - I
knew I had to get into my air-conditioned car or they were going to have to
cart me away. So I gave up and went to a quilt shop in Bend - The Mercantile
About the quilts - I've been obsessed the last 6 months with the Blooming 9
Patch pattern (Traditions WIth A Twist book). I've made 5 and have 2 more in
the wings. I saw some really great renditions***. It's such a fabulous
quilt when done well. Also, I found a solution to a design problem for another
quilt I want to do that I've been having trouble with for months - THAT
actually made the whole trip worthwhile. There was a nice percentage of the
quilts for sale. Interesting prices - YIKES! It would have been interesting to
know if they were successful in selling.
As was the case last year, water was plentiful and cheap. The only thing that
really annoyed me was the film at the ***tore was $8.99 a roll. I mean, I
live in freaking midtown Manhattan and it doesn't cost anywhere near that. I
thought that was a tad excessive.
Off to sleep.
-Michele (happily back at home in NYC)