Just for fun, I perused the offerings of the specialty quilt tour companies today. I was literally salivating as I read through the outside the USA tour descriptions – France, Spain, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Morocco – yes, please! These are definitely once in a lifetime trips (for me at least). The cost of a single trip, plus airfare and incidentals could easily reach $8-$10k.
A girl can always dream.
In reality, it looks like the majority of my quilty travels will be close to home in 2023. My hunch is I will be attending several BYOP events within a 2-3 hour drive. Why? (1) many instructors have chosen to remain virtual (YouTube) (2) projects advertised at some venues simply do not appeal to me and (3) airfare costs. The retreat/class fees may be perfectly reasonable, yet some destinations mean I have to tack on another $1000 for airfare. Ouch! Then, there’s the unknown with winter weather. I’d rather keep things local (or to the south) in January & February. Sadly, Shipshewanna Quilt Festival recently announced that 2022 was its final show. This event had been highly recommended by several attendees at Mountain QuiltFest. I was so looking forward to the road trip and visiting friends along the way.
Not to worry, there are other events… I just haven’t found the right quilty road-trip for 2023 yet!