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And here it is….

southwest…my paltry haul from my trip west.  Can you believe this?  Two shops and just this!  My second stop was at the Quilter’s Store in Sedona, Arizona where I found these.  Really nice shop also…just not my “stuff”.  But if you like batiks, this place is for you!  Nice ladies and great service.  I also purchased another pattern that didn’t make the team photo above because it had to be ordered.  It nearly beat me home!  I had it in less than a week.

The shop is for sale.  I told my husband that since he’s retired and I will be shortly we should buy it.  Go home, sell the house and buy the shop.  It would give us something to do and we could live in drop-dead gorgeous Sedona!  Sounds like win/win to me.  He just turned the radio up louder!  Go figure…..

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It’s a miracle!

While visiting a small town in South Dakota,  we drove past a quilt shop.  Later in the day we took walk down the street to visit.   And….wait for it….I didn’t buy snything!  Not one fat quarter.  Not one spool of thread.  Not one needle.  My husband is still stunned.  I may leave him stunned…he’s much quieter that way

In fairness, the shop was small and very nice.  Just didn’t have things in my “style .  It’s interesting how fabric trends are different in different areas.

Look here!!

Look what I got for $6 a bag!!

fabricLast week I saw a post at Inspired by Antique Quilts about scrap bags.  I had to check it out.  I couldn’t get to the site fast enough!  The last thing I need is more fabric, right?  Don’t judge me…you know you do the same thing! 🙂  But I’m a sucker for scrap bags.  I love the mystery.  Crazy, huh?  I feel like a kid when I open them up…Whadyaget? Whadyaget?  These are particularly wonderful because I could choose repro fabrics as opposed to an eclectic mix that I probably wouldn’t use.  Opening the bag and seeing all the little snippets of textile joy brought a smile to  my face.  Big pieces, little pieces, strips and squares all waiting for a spot in some wonderful quilt!  (Of course, knowing me, they have a little bit of a wait.  Maybe they have brought their knitting!)  I take them all out and fold and refold them and envision them in projects.  (I’ve already designated a few for my MarioFan’s quilt.)  And what trip to a quilt shop (online or brick and mortar) would be complete without a trip to the clearance area.  Many a backing is found here!  And I didn’t disappoint.  Found a few things I liked there also!  If you love scrap bags as much as I do, click over to Homestead Hearth and have a look.

Oh yeah!  And look what I found on my porch Friday!

canonAnother learning curve!!!

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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