Anticipating a pleasant hour or two of admiring quilts, I set off for Davenport, Florida. Sure wish I’d allowed more time. The show closed at 3 pm and I had to hustle to see everything in the 3 and a half hours that I was there.
They set up the quilts in four buildings in the old downtown so you’ll go to City Hall, the Community Building, a church and a school. It’s an easy walk between those or you can catch a ride. Several volunteers with golf carts shuttled between the venues.
Pause a moment to admire the vintage architecture – Davenport City Hall.
Go early enough to have lunch. Among the craft booths behind City Hall, you’ll find a food vendor providing a lovely lunch. It’s a croissant sandwich with chicken salad that includes walnuts and I think, apples. With it comes a choice of cole slaw, pasta salad or trio potato salad (includes 3 kinds of potatoes). The dessert with the lunch was a pear half with a filling that wasn’t whipped cream or cream cheese, but a sauce of some sort topped with a cherry. A soda comes with the lunch and it’s $12. You can eat at picnic tables overlooking the small lake.
Here’s a sample of the quilts you’ll see:
Intricate quilt design at the Davenport Quilt Show.
Peacock design quilt at the Davenport Quilt Show.
You can take a quilt to have it evaluated by a professional quilt appraiser. There are two prices depending on if you just want a verbal appraisal or a written appraisal. The appraiser was Ken Gleason of Orlando.
The quilt appraiser with my 1880s or 1890s silk quilt.