IBS3 Travelling Exhibtion: 1st Stop in Baltimore, USA

IBS3 Travelling Exhibtion: 1st Stop in Baltimore, USA

As this is the 3rd International Travelling Exhibition for a block swap, you might think that everything has started to become routine for the Quilt around the World Team. To some extent, we do profit from past experience and we certainly use knowledge gained from previous exhibitions.

However, an IBS exhibition is always something very special. Preparing for the first destination - traditionally the biannual Quilt EXPO hosted by the Baltimore Heritage Quilters' Guild - remains a challenge simply because of the sheer distance and the fact that the location is outside the EU. Quilts need to be properly documented and prepared for inspection at the border, flight tickets must be booked and formalities for entering the country must be observed.

Everything went smoothly and so on 16 March 2017, Jutta arrived happily at Joan's doorstep. Joan, our main contact and initial inspiration for all International Block Swaps, again very kindly invited Jutta to stay at her house during the EXPO. Thursday evening was just about enough to exchange news from both sides of the Atlantic before on Friday the quilt hanging and setting up of all exhibition areas started.

Entry

This year, the Quilt EXPO moved to a new location, the Park School Athletic Center. Both helpers and visitors were guided to the exhibition venue by big EXPO signs in the vicinity and on the school premises:

EXPO sign

In the entry hall, there were several tables to greet and guide the visitors to...

Entry

... the large exhibition space:

Exhibition space

The IBS3 quilts again had a specially reserved area to impress the visitors not only individually but also as a body of international work:

IBS3 booth right

Quilts made by Kirsten Luth for the Danish Patchwork Forum (DE/DK), Kathryn Fader from the Baltimore Heritage Quilters (USA) and Anke Calzada (DE; from right to left).

IBS3 booths

Quilts made by Anke Calzada (DE), Chris Bowers from the Baltimore Heritage Quilters (USA), Derry Godden (UK), Carmen Buezo Ayllón (ES) and Joan Levin from the Baltimore Heritage Quilters (USA; from right to left).

IBS3 booth left

Quilts made by Natalie Blum from the Baltimore Heritage Quilters (USA), Jeanne Delozier from the Baltimore Heritage Quilters (USA) and Michaela Mosmüller (AT; from right to left).

IBS3 booth left 2

Quilts made by Michaela Mosmüller (AT), Felicia Calzada (DE), Carmen Buezo Ayllón (ES) and Joan Levin from the Baltimore Heritage Quilters (USA; from right to left).

One of the most fun thing about the Travelling Exhibition is that we get the chance to meet past and present participants:

IBS3 - Viriginia

Tanya, Shelia and Terri (left to right) who travelled up several hours from Virginia

Joanne

Joanne who travelled down all the way from Massachusetts

Joan

Joan, dear friend and enthusiastic supporter of the IBS idea from the very beginning

A BIG THANK YOU goes to the Baltimore Heritage Quilters' Guild for inviting us again to their great show and for already suggesting that we might be allowed back in 2019! And another big thank you to the visitors of the Quilt EXPO 2017 - your generous praise of our little project, your wonderful appreciation of the participants' work and your readiness to consider becoming part yourselves in the future always puts a big smile on our faces!

IBS4

Lots of "green" flyers remained in the USA, so we are looking forward to lots of American "Back to Nature" blocks for IBS4...