My mom has been making an annual pilgrimage to the [Marin Needle Arts Guild] quilt show for years, and since 2001 my wife has been accompanying her. Last year I tagged along with them at the [2005 Marin quilt show]. There were *hundreds* of quilts, many of them beautiful and inspirational, and we had a great time at the show. I couldn’t attend this year, but my mom and my wife encouraged our youngest daughter to attend her first quilt show. After spending two hours driving to San Rafael and $7 each for tickets, they walked into the exhibit hall and saw…
About twenty quilts.
Apparently this year the MNAG threw in the towel and let some [scammers](http://www.pcmexpo.com/) run a “quilt festival” at the same venue and weekend that the Marin quilt show has traditionally been held for the past 27 years. To be completely fair, there *were* some traveling exhibit quilts and vendors’ display quilts being shown. But there were only ~20 “personal” quilts on display this year, compared to hundreds in prior years. Basically, my mom, wife, and daughter ended up blowing four hours driving plus gasoline plus admission, with the expectation of seeing a fabulous quilt show; instead, all they got to see was a bunch of vendors hawking their wares. What a total let-down!
I’m posting this in the hope that some other unsuspecting folks won’t fall victim.
[2005 Marin Quilt Show]: http://sonicchicken.net/blog/wordpress/2005/09/04/marin-quilt-show/
[Marin Needle Arts Guild]: http://www.mnag.org/about.htm