HMQS 2004 STITCHED TOGETHER A FANTASTIC EVENT!
Salt Lake City , (April 26, 2004) The first-ever Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS) 2004, debuted as a huge success April 15 - 17 at the South Towne Expo Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Over 3,000 attendees from all over the nation enjoyed more than 200 colorful, machine-quilted quilts in the judged quilt display, learned at the feet of experts at the free demonstration area and took classes from 17 of the nation's top machine-quilting instructors. The show boasted nearly 100 exhibitor booths, featuring the latest in machine-quilting tools, patterns, systems, frames, ideas and fabrics.
Perhaps most enticing to the public, was the exclusive display of "The Supper" quilt, a machine-quilted depiction of Leonardo daVinci's famous "Last Supper" painting. This quilt has been displayed all over the world, but never before in Utah-making this an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for show attendees to view this masterpiece in the Rocky Mountains . "The Supper" is comprised of 350 different fabrics, including some hand dyed and cut into 51,816 half-inch squares. With dimensions of 15.3 feet wide and 5.5 feet tall, this quilt was truly fantastic to view.
The HMQS 2004 theme, "Quilts Comfort Kids" was put into action as new quilts were donated during the show for children in need. The Utah Association of Family Support Centers, the designated charity organization of the event, collected the quilts donated by attendees during the event.
"We want to thank our sponsors, vendors and instructors for making this event an overwhelming success. We're looking forward to HMQS 2005," says Ann Collet, President of the Home Machine Quilting Association and founder of the event.
Vendors and sponsors of this year's event are already asking for booth assignments at the HMQS 2005. Dates for 2005 show will be announced at the beginning of May 2004. This year's Home Machine Quilting Show was sponsored by the Home Machine Quilting Association, Handi Quilter Company, Inc., Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff Sewing Machines.
For more information about the Home Machine Quilting Show 2004 or next year's show please go online to www.hmqs.org or call (801) 947-0526. Photos available on the web site.