This week the AQS quilt show is in town so I decided to brave the crazy , many-one-way-streets-so-it’s confusing, busy downtown this morning! I decided to start with the vendors because it was early and not busy so there was a chance to talk with the different booth operators about their products. I circumvented ALL booths with fabric so I wouldn’t be tempted to break my “fabric diet” and then found a very nice lady who supplies the yarn for Sue Spargo. If you are not familiar with Sue Spargo you MUST check out her work~ it is quite amazing! This particular vendor had soooo many choices, but I restrained myself and just bought a few skeins of perle cotton in the size that I like to “big- stitch- quilt” with.
Look at those colors! Aren’t they just yummy?
They are a little “Easter-y” maybe? But I think I will enjoy using all those colors. It was so nice to have so many colors to choose from, rather than the usual ( boring) selection at my local craft store! I also visited with a lovely lady from France, named Isabelle, who had the most adorable patterns on display! I bought two, one for me and one for a Christmas present for a special friend.This is mine. Isn’t it the cutest? All done on linen with wool felt ( which is a little cheaper than wool). I suppose some of you might think I cheated just a little by buying a kit, but there is so little fabric in here that I decided it doesn’t count as a fabric purchase~ therefore my “fabric diet” is still intact! I can’t show the kit I bought for my friend because then the surprise would be ruined, but maybe I can convince her to post a picture of the finished project here on my blog….check back next January or February~ha! Another thing I bought from Isabelle were these adorable pins!!
Aren’t they the cutest? She makes them herself out of clay! She says she love to play with clay and I thought they were the perfect pins to stick in my pincushion-that-it-too-pretty-to- use, just for display. One final purchase I made was this box of wool(!) embroidery floss. I thought the colors would be a nice addition to my collection and it will encourage me to do more hand stitching.
Next it was time to admire all the quilts. They are displayed on three levels so there is lots of room to walk around and view them. I saw many interesting quilts and came home with lots of pictures but unfortunately AQS does not allow people to post pictures from the show on public websites….I know that the quilts will be published in the AQS magazine and you can view them in that manner.
This was such a busy week that I really didn’t get much time to work on any of my own little projects, but seeing as today is National Quilting Day here in the States I have promised myself to do some fun quilty things! And I went around the Web and found some cute, FREE tutorials in case you want to find a new project today too! Enjoy!