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A few things…

Last weekend, my husband and I went to the AQS show in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He’s really a trooper.  Not many of my friends are quilters so he gets to be my BFF on quilt days.  He’s a good guy…he likes quilts.  He enjoys looking at the quilts and he enjoys going someplace nice for lunch.  But he does not like the vendors.  I think guys are genetically wired to dislike shopping.  Unless it’s for tools.  Then they can wander for hours in the hardware store.  I try to remember all the shows and shops I’ve drug him through every time I’m with him in Home Depot.  But I digress….  Bottom line is he will trudge through aisles and aisles of vendors without complaint.  He’s a keeper.

Every quilter who goes to a quilt show would probably agree that visiting the vendors is as much fun as viewing the quilts….particularly at a big, national show.  All of the big companies are there and so many of the pattern makers and authors.  You can find things that are just not always available at your local shop.  And they call your name and they follow you home!  I had one item that called to me.  It was the kind of thing that seems like a good idea at time…like the Tupperware pickle keeper that I had to have so many years ago.  🙂  This quilting item was appealing but it was pricey so I had to convince myself that I really wanted it.  So, I decided to continue shopping and if I really wanted it at the end of the afternoon, I’d get it.  Eventually I decided I couldn’t live without it.  My reasoning was that either way, I might be sorry….sorry I bought it or sorry I left it there.  So, back to the booth I went.  Eventually.  You see, we forgot where it was.  So CubFan and I were once again trudging down the aisles.  We finally found the booth and I walked away a happy camper.

So here is the object of my desire…Steady Betty.  It is a very unassuming pressing board.  I’ve been pressing on a towel on top of my cutting table…which, by the way, is warping my cutting mat.  I’ve been looking for a better method.  This is it!  It’s foam covered and the foam holds your quilt blocks in place while you press them.  It eliminates most of the distortion that can occur when you press your blocks.  I have no buyer’s remorse with this purchase…unlike the pickle keeper.  Check it out here.   As I said, it’s a little pricey but I think it’s worth every penny…again, unlike the pickle keeper.

My other major purchase was a product dear to my heart…thread.  I think it’s pretty well documented that I love thread.  I’ve had this love/hate relationship with King Tut thread.  I love it…it’s beautiful…it’s high quality.  My machine quilting just doesn’t look pretty when I use it.  Part of that is because my machine quilting just doesn’t always look pretty to begin with!  🙂  Out of desperation one day, I tried SoFine 50 weight and my stitches looked so pretty.  I think King Tut is just too heavy.  I needed to get some SoFine in neutral colors.  I talked about going to the Superior Thread booth for a week.  I walked right past it and CubFan had to direct me to it.  I was like a kid in a candy store!    I picked out some colors and some Masterpiece for piecing and a cone thread holder thingy and went to the register.  I told CubFan not to come to the register with me.  He wouldn’t understand.  He doesn’t care…he just doesn’t get it.  He once looked at my tackle boxes full of rayon embroidery threads and said “You must have $50 worth of thread in there!”  I did not set him straight.  If he’s happy believing that, I’m happy letting him.  🙂  I’m pretty sure I worked a couple of days for that thread.  But I think it’s going to make a big improvement.

Here is what I’m working on right now.  I’m pattern testing for my sister.  Her original is made in a more primitive colorway but I decided to try it in “snowy” colors.  These are certainly not the norm for me!  Here’s a sneak peek!

I’m hoping to share some quilt photos from the show as soon as I can get them edited.  Where does the time go!!!

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22 thoughts on “A few things…

  1. Thanks! Your advice will help me with problems I’ve had in my quilting – I always think it’s just me, but maybe I have been using the wrong materials for what I’m trying to do. (That will be my new story, anyway.) I will check out the Steady Betty!

  2. I’m gonna check out that iron board. Looks interesting. I love that gorgeous block that looks pieced to perfection!

    You know I am a big fan of Superior Threads. Got my own tackle box of $50 worth. lol

    I can’t wait to see the project you’ve benn working on for me. The teaser looks good!

  3. Cool ironing board Candy! I agree with your reasoning… If you didn’t buy it at the show, you wouldn’t be able to find it anywhere else again! It’s a good thing our hubbies have no idea how much our quilting stuff costs! LOL! I don’t worry about hiding my purchases because he has no idea that 1 bag of fabric can cost over 100 dollars! It’s just a bag of fabric… How much could that really cost?!

  4. About $50. 🙂

  5. A tackle box? Must be one of them super size ones…it would have to be for my thread collections!

  6. Can’t wait to see the pics from the Show. I know the vendor “thing”! You and I have walked that walk before!! Your ironing board looks verrrry interesting.
    And, that block sitting next to it too.
    Love the CubFans comment on your worth of thread!! Keep up the good work on your blog, love it!!

  7. loavesandstitches on said:

    I love that ironing board thingy! I have been wanting something like that for awhile…my sewing machine is on the 2nd floor, but the iron is in the basement. I get a lot of exercise-haha!

  8. The exercise is great….but the “wasted” time is not. :-(. I know…been there! There are different sizes of the boards. Depends on your needs. I’m really liking it.

  9. I agree that given the choice I would make the purchase. Especially in bigger shows it might be a while before you’re able to get the product again or at all… Not to mention that being able to touch and see a product is worth a few questionable purchases. 😉

  10. It’s fun when your man supports you in your passion – I know I have a keeper also. We’re actually heading to a small show this Saturday…..I’ve promised ice cream and wood fired pizza if he’s ‘good’! :o)

    • Ice cream, wood fired pizza and quilts sounds great! Can I come, too? BTW…I ordered my NYB pattern from Chris Jurd. Ih ave no idea how long things take to arrive from Australia but I’m waitin’ patiently! 🙂

  11. My DH is like yours — very good about going to the Creativ Festival with me, although I’ve learned to leave him looking at the long-arm machines for a while. They seem to fascinate him!

  12. You made me laugh with your comments about shopping at quilt shows – I just about manage to squeeze in a couple of rows before it’s back to the shops. And the walk round and see if you still want it trick does work, I think. Plus, the shouting out to you. I don’t need any more fabric but always need to buy some as souvenirs of big (or small) trips!

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