As a quilt shop business owner (mine being focused on long-arm services/quilt manufacturing and experimenting with pattern design), it is an opportunity to see some vendors latest fabric lines, notions and patterns. It is also an opportunity to purchase merchandise that I use in my business.
This year I was able to go on Friday morning and my husband went with me for the first time. Nice to have someone keeping track of my found treasures and standing in the check-out line while I run for one more thing ;-). Although I didn't get everything on my list, I got most.
We then enjoyed a weekend at the Oregon Coast. This is from the top of the sand dune at Pacific City.
And the winners were:
Judges' and People's Choice
Best use of Color:
Other favorites of mine:
This refracting piece is made from fabric by Stephanie Brandenburg. She was there at market and has gone out on her own now. It was great to see some of her new art that is in the process of being ready soon.
I thought of my friend Linda who loves Harley's!
This was an interesting shop challenge that submitted their results to the show.
So...what else did I discover?
A great find was a new book by Gina Perkes. I highly recommend it. I devoured it and will be re-reading with more detail in the days ahead.
Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting
For fun...here was the loot I picked up ;-) Watch for new products created with these tools.
- "block party" --a new modern bee approach; the authors and contributors reviewed the product in a schoolhouse session. This would be really fun to do with a small group.
- "A Fiber Artist's Guide to Color & Design" by Heather Thomas--met her and got a whole review of the book --looks like an awesome class. It is done as a 12 month sequence with one chapter a month being discussed at class then a project created during the month with a show and critique session at the next class. Serious commitment....but rewarding!
- Printed Treasurers--iron on washable fabric printable from my inkjet printer. I love to use these to print quilt labels.
- Go! dies -- Rose of Sharon #2, Grapes of Wrath, Feathers, Oak Arbor, Bohemian, and a picker!
- Quilt Blocks Across America
- A Field Guide to Fabric Design
- 250 New Continuous-Line Quilting Designs
- Threads -- more Aurifil!, So Fine!, Signature white, YLI Vanilla Milkshake--blends great on the new modern prints
- Bobbins--seems that I can never have enough
- Needles --smaller and larger than I usually have. As I use more of a variety of thread sizes I need needles to accomodate them.
- In an effort to work on my fabric bleed issue -- Grandma's Spot Remover, Retayne, and a grey paintstick
- Thermore for placemats
- More Ombre Cotton Sateen and a batik bolt on sale
- Quilt totes --maybe yours will be going home in one of these!