Quilt shows, both local and regional, are great ways to spend an afternoon or a day if you're looking to see what is going on in the quilting world. Guilds and local quilt groups often put on outstanding shows full of inspiring quilts. You can see a wide range of styles and techniques along with vendor malls to purchase some of the tools needed to make what you are inspired by when you are there. If you search the Web or your local quilt shops, you can usually find upcoming shows and plan ahead. Take the time to schedule in a day with your quilting friends for a nice lunch and a trip to a quilt show.