QBIR

QBIR - Part Two

Last week, I wrote about the Quilt Bloggers International Retreat. It was an awesome way for me to get to know several quilt blogging friends better, and to share some tricks of the trade. Julie, our host, lives in Ohio Amish country so it didn’t take much to convince us to spend a day out shopping. <grin>

First up was Somewhere Sewing. I was focused on looking for solids to use in my Berry Cross quilt and this shop had plenty! Somehow though I just couldn’t get happy with my selections. I switched my focus to batiks and although it’s hard to find anything wrong with batiks, again I found it hard to locate the happy. Then I stumbled on a shelf full of Moda Grundge, and a light came on! I’m so happy with my choice and can't wait to see my Berry Cross quilt finished!

Next up was an Amish shop called Zinck’s. The fabric selection is small compared to the large space and you won’t find the latest releases here but the quality is good and so is the price! I found several batiks, white tone on tones, and solids here. Zinck’s also has a huge selection of apparel and home dec fabrics, tools, and notions. I picked up a huge roll of batting for just $10! It looks and feels like good quality and I am pretty excited to try it out.

We ate lunch at Boyd and Wurthmann, an Amish restaurant that’s famous around there. Lunch was sooooogoood!

Our final stop was Miller’s Dry Goods. Miller’s had beautiful displays, a fresh fabric selection, and lots of patterns and notions. I was running out of steam (and cash) at this point but even so I enjoyed shopping there.

As we drove from shop to shop, we were treated to the incredible countryside. What a wonderful day getting to know each other better! There’s more to tell, but I’ll save that for one last post.

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QBIR – Part One

In the first part of October, I attended the first (hopefully annual) Quilt Bloggers International Retreat. A tongue-in-cheek name for a weekend with a serious mission: to get quilt bloggers together to discuss quilt blogging, build friendships and business partnerships, and to exchange ideas and inspire each other. For me at least, the weekend was a great success.

Hosted by my friend Julie at Pink Doxies, the retreat included Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra @ mmm! quilts, Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland, Dave @ Dave the Quilt Engineer, and Terry @ Terry Ann Hartzell - Insights. At the last minute Cindy Pieters @ Stitchin’ at Home couldn’t come but we made a quilt for her to show her she was sorely missed.

We had a rather loose agenda. Mostly we quilted and chatted and got to know each other. Julie has a fantastic studio with plenty of space and lots of lovely light, so quilting there was a wonderful experience!

Julie even let us try out her longarm if we wanted to—I didn’t want to take the time away from several need-to-finish projects but Terry gave it a whirl! It was amazing to see how quickly someone can get used to a longarm when they have expert guidance.

Julie also let everyone play with her dyes and several of us gave that a try with excellent results.

We spent all day Saturday shopping the nearby quilt shops and enjoying the countryside. There are so many lovely photos I want to share from that day that I’ll save them for next time. What a wonderful weekend!

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