My guild has had a show every year for the last 34 years. We are always looking to make it better so I thought I would ask - What do like most about quilt shows and what do like least? I really would appreciate some feedback. Thanks!

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I don't know how much my comment will help with you improving your shows. ~~hehe~~ but, one thing I liked about the one show I was in was seeing people stop and admire my quilts!!! ;-] I especially loved hearing the comments about how they thought my quilts were prettiest/best/most interesting/etc in the show. 

At our local show this yr. the info card on each quilt ( name of maker, quilter, pattern etc.) included short  comments by the maker that gave insight as to why's & hows , inspiration etc.

l have yet to find anything l "hate" about a quilt show, lol!

Not to say "hate" but dislike - is the doorprize thing.  I'm not going to stick around for the whole day just in case - and most people don't.  We opted out last time around, and nobody missed it.  

Kathryn, the show in Rockport Tx. this yr. had mini door prizes drawn every hour, donated by vendors as part of their "rent". After each draw, the drum was emptied, and only l hr.'s worth of tickets went in before next draw. Lots of happy quilters left with patterns, tools, notions etc.l liked the idea...but unfortunately wasn't a winner.The show was  over 2 days, so lots of prizes.

Another favourite is at the Corpus Christie show....the members of the sponsoring guild bring in ( donate) good used quilt books, bundled magazines, patterns, kits, sewing machine feet, trim etc. Money from sales at "The marketplace" are donated to a local charity.

Our guild does this also. We call it the "boutique", and make sure it doesn't look like a garage sale. It's a lot of work sorting and pricing, but we make quite a bit. The money is used to defray the cost of the show, keep the workshop prices reasonable, pay our speakers and fund our charity quilts. If a member has an especially nice item, we will sell on consignment.

That is an excellent idea!

The quilt categories need to be evenly distributed.  I presented at a guild show last month where half of the quilts entered were in the same category - large pieced. There needs to be separate categories for hand vs machine vs computer quilting.  Most of the entrants don't care about any prize money - they just want a ribbon to hang on the wall.

wow , joy that's no good! 

I like that the quilt show here has everything in a category. mini quilts , member quilts,  childs first quilt, adults first quilts , small , med and large hand quilts, small, med and large  machine pieced, antiques, applique etc etc..........lots of categories! there is a first, second and third ribbon in each category.  they have a raffle quilt and they also do the booth thing.  they start off with magazines and scrap bags of fabrics etc to purchase. then,  the last 30 minutes before the show is over you can buy a 2.00 grocery bag and  you can fill it as full as you can get it with whatever is left. works pretty good! there is always really good stuff in there. they seem organized and smooth. I also like the information cards on them as well and if I were going to complain about anything it that I think a person needs just a few more words allowed to describe what and why they did what they did. some times it has to be cut short and you miss very interesting details about the quilt.  and I also love to see the shows that have a bed turning of antique quilts! but, like Riana, over all I haven't been to one I didn't like either.

Our small show (150 quilts max - no more room!) isn't judged.  We have a "Quilter's Country Store" where members can sell quilted and quilting related items, including magazines, patterns, tools, etc., and the guild gets 10%, seller gets the rest.  We do our raffle, and continue to sell tickets up until the final hour of our two-day event.  Because we are a small guild, and the show is small, we only have four or five vendors, and the demonstrations are generally done by guild members.  We do have a catered breakfast and lunch provider, because our venue (our county's fairgrounds) are not close to any place to eat.  We used to do a couple of things we've stopped over the past couple of shows as being either counterproductive or just a pain to administer - and one was the door prize thing.  The other was giving each paid entry a 'mug rug'.  No one expected 'em, and no one misses 'em.  Same seems to be true of the door prize.  We just display our quilts, enjoy having people (and each other) look at them, and when it's all over, we sigh with relief!  

I have two suggestions:
1. Give guests note cards that can be passed along to the quilters. It would be nice for the quilters to hear the compliments that they probably would never hear otherwise. It would be a great way for people to connect with the quilter. Someone might just want to pay a compliment, share a story that the quilt reminds them of, hire the quilter to make a quilt, buy the quilt in the show, find a long arm quilter, or ask the quilter to teach a class. You never know what can happen when you make it easy for people to connect with each other!

2. Offer technique demonstrations (I've never seen anyone do needle turn appliqué).

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