Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival

I just read about it last night, looks like the company does these shows all over the country.

Next weekend here in Tucson, AZ. Im hoping to demo a few sewing machines.

Has anybody gone to one? Any tips?

Going to the tucson show? Wanna meet up?

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I’ve gone to their events when they’ve been here in California and I’ve always enjoyed them. They tend to have drawings for prizes throughout the day, so make sure to fill out the raffle slip when you get there. When I’ve gone, I typically spend the day and eat lunch while there.

The company that puts on the show (I think they’re called Rusty Barn) is a good group. There was one year when a vendor ran out of an item that I wanted, so I paid to have them ship it to me when they returned to their home base (a lot of the vendors are from out of state). I never received the item, nor was I able to get a hold of the vendor. I reached out to the Rusty Barn company and they made their own attempts to contact the vendor. When they were unable to, the Rusty Barn ended up apologizing and refunding my money.

Have fun and good luck finding a machine!

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Cool, thanks! They have demonstrations from 11 to 2, so I planned on lunch.

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Awww I just looked and they don’t do any in Minnesota!! :sob: Looks so fun! I got scammed into paying like $30 a ticket to go to a “Pinterest conference” a few years ago where you were supposed to go to craft and cooking classes and stuff but it was a flipping scam all kind of put together to pitch MLMs. :expressionless: I’m still super pissed about that.

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Yikes! This one is free here, but $12 when they get to washington state. Is it better there?

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Wow, that looks super fun. I wish I was going to be in Tucson next weekend, but I think I’ll be up north. :sob:

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Minnesota?!?!? :grinning:

Woah, that’s crazy!

I went to a pinners event last fall and it was awesome! Fun shopping, taste testing, make and takes… I had a ball! It really sucks that you had such a bad experience. :pleading_face:

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It seemed like any make-and-takes were done as quickly as possible just so you could get to like an hour-long MLM pitch for oils or something. Like we got to make a bunting but only within ten minutes and barely anything done very well if even finished. I can’t remember what other things there were but most of it was multilevel marketing bullshit. Like at least 50%. I hate that stuff and one of the ladies at a skin care booth insulted my friend about her rosasia. It was weird. Oh and they promised learning how to make and try delicious instant pot dishes and they couldn’t plug anything it so all they did was explain what you COULD do. It was the WORST. we left in the middle of the presentation which I would normally feel rude about but at that point we didn’t care. We were just done. Lol.

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Do you mean there is one in Minnesota? Cuz I didn’t see any on the website.

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Wow. Rude! I can see why you didn’t stick around!

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no, I meant is the free Tucson show not as good as the $12 one in Pull ya’ll up or however you spell it.

Maybe there’s a similar group that does Midwest shows like this.

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I went to the festival today.
Dozens and dozens of vendors, but all seemed a little pricey. I’m cheap, maybe that’s why… One vendor had a bunch of scrap fabric, $8 a bag. Turned out to be quart size ziplocks; she claimed people could get 7 yards of fabric in that bag! um, maybe if it were very fine silk organza instead of quilting cotton…

The presentations were all about stuff the presenters had for sale. One woman–supposedly there to talk about notions-- spent ten minutes talking about 3 kinds of markers she had, and specified exactly where in her booth each could be found. When she pulled out a 4th marker, I left. When I came across her booth, I tried to buy one of the markers she talked about. Both people working the booth were hovering over another customer. One was explaining something, the other nodding. Neither acknowledged my presence 2 feet away, with cash literally in hand. Geeze.

Another presentation was supposed to be about a quick and easy piecing technique. She “forgot” the handouts, asked for email addresses so she could send a PDF, then started showing all the quilts for which she was selling kits.

I was looking forward to lunch there, but it turned out to be hot dogs, so I waited to eat until I got home.

SILVER LINING: I stopped at goodwill on the way home. I got five large pieces of cute fabric–probably 8 or 10 yards-- for $5, and an unopened package of insulbrite (which I couldn’t find at the festival) for $2.

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Silver lining! Like, literally :laughing:

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More good news: the marker I wasn’t able to buy for $3 at the show? Turns out I can get five of them for $8 online.

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That’s hilarious!

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