As some of you know, I participated in a quilt show last weekend. It was my very first quilt show. I have never even attended one before and it was a lot of fun. The quilts were beautiful! They put my puny first effort to shame! I was a bit frazzled and frustrated last week trying to get everything done and it was all in vain. We had more than enough quilts to hang and show so my second one wasn’t necessary; several other ladies didn’t even have their vests or collars to identify them as club members, so, again, no big deal; and we also had a surplus of mug rugs and some other long term members didn’t get all of theirs finished either. Everything worked out and the show was a big success! I should know better by now to not get all worked up about these little things! I did get potato salad made so that I could help feed the vendors and club members over the two days.
I did forget one VERY important thing. I forgot to put the memory card back in my camera. Hence, this is the only blog post that you will probably ever see about a quilt show that doesn’t have any pictures of beautiful quilts. I’m very upset with myself about that. I do, however, have pictures of the pretty fabrics, tools and patterns that I bought there.
The very first thing I purchased was a mystery bag of fabric. All of the other ladies said that they are always very good. They come from a quilting shop in Rensselaer, IN, called From the Needle’s Point, which is where all of the fabrics in David’s Quilt came from as seen in the Tilted Quilt Photo Shoot post. The bags are labeled with a theme, like Fall, or 30’s, or Patriotic, and cost $15. I picked the bag that said Shadow Flowers (turq., brown, and lime). I continued to browse the different vendors and purchase a few things and admire all the quilts that they had displayed. I found a stack of fat quarters of fabric by Robert Kaufman called Spot On. I was immediately drawn to it, but didn’t want to spend all my money without looking at all the vendor booths first….so I hid it behind some other fat quarter stacks because it was the only one. I didn’t realize at the time that that is the line of fabrics being used in Craftsy’s Block of the Month class this year. I have been using up fabrics from my stash to do these instead. I browsed some more and bought a few more things and finally, toward the end of the day, went back and bought the stack.
I sent the stack home with my husband and daughter who had come to visit and look at the quilts – very nice of them considering they had very little to no interest in them, they were just supporting me. My friend, the Cake Queen, came by also and I opened the mystery bag with her. OH MY GOSH! The fabrics were beautiful and the colors were exactly what we like! And there was a full yard of each fabric totalling 5, yes 5, yards! for $15! When I got home and put everything together to look at it, I realized that my stack and the mystery fabrics coordinate! Yay! BONUS!
I also bought two patterns, one for a flamingo quilt in memory of my mom, and one for a couple of little storage bins. Both are very cute.
I also bought a Triangle Genie and a thimble, which you can just see in the top of the picture. I don’t usually like thimbles, but this one is very comfortable with it’s rubber cup, only the top is metal. All of these items were purchased from the booth for Needle & Thread, a shop in Valparaiso, IN. They had this quilt on display at our show. This is only the center, the borders are amazing too! Click on the link to their web site for a full view of it.
I haven’t been there yet, but it will happen. All I will say is 3500 bolts of fabric in an old Victorian house. The vendors there were amazing, some more local than others, with a fairly wide variety of tools, supplies, fabric and services. You could get your scissors sharpened at one booth. I didn’t have time, but that gentleman will be cleaning and repairing my sewing machines and sharpening my scissors from now on.
This is dragging on I know, but I would just like to mention that our club had a rummage sale booth set up for our members to sell anything related to sewing that they didn’t want anymore. I find it amazing what they were getting rid of and bought several items for a total of about $3. Here’s what I bought and then I’m done….I promise!
I feel like I’ll never run out of things to do!…..or say…..sorry.
- Current Quilting Projects (gardengirl92.wordpress.com)
- Close-up quilting (barbarachaineyquilts.wordpress.com)
- Quilting is a Joy (australianquilter.com)
- Nashville Fabric Shop Adventure (unkindnessofraisins.wordpress.com)
- Carrie’s Quilts (quiltingismytherapy.com)
- Roanoke VA Quilt Show 203, Star Quilters Guild (nancysfabrics.info)