Getting the most from the quilt show season.

Shelly Loveland

Bring It— What to Pack

Comfortable shoes

Leave those Jimmy Choos at home; you’ve got a lot of ground to cover.

A camera

Before you snap, though, make sure pics are permitted. Getting a scolding from the quilt show police can put a damper on your day.

A large tote bag

It’s the environmentally friendly way to haul your loot. And bringing one you made yourself gives you bragging rights, too. Sweet!

Snacks

Sure, you can buy food at the shows, but it never hurts to pack emergency chocolate. After all, you have to keep up your strength.

Your fabric swatch key chain

A shout-out to Bob Silverman!

A list of gift ideas

Tackle those birthday and holiday gifts ahead of time, and give your sweeties something unique this year. Can you just stand how thoughtful you are?

Your cell phone

Despite your best efforts, there will be some measurement you forgot to take. Just have a capable research team at the ready on the home front. “Meredith, I’m using my one of my Lifelines. . .”

Cash, check, and credit

Bargains and best-buys wait for no quilter.

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