Travels

To Market, To Market!

This week I head off to Spring Market. It’s my first time attending and I have no idea what I’ll see but I’m so very excited by all the possibilities! I can’t wait to show you all the new fabrics, threads, tools, and books!

To help me get you Market news while it's fresh, I've got a special guest blogger who’s going to help me—it’s none other than my darling husband Scott! Scott is a technical journalist and blogger who is used to covering conventions. Scott is also an artist (his mother was a professional artist and art instructor) with a love of color, fabric, and of course my quilts. <wink>

Together we’ll be bringing you the latest and greatest from Market! Be sure to follow me so you don’t miss a thing. You’ll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

Since I'll be out of town all week, I hope you'll understand if it takes a while to reply to your comments. Please leave them though, and an email address so I can reply when I get back. I really want to know what you think of everything!

you might also like

Tell me…what would you look for at Market?

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally

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.

you might also like

Tell me…have you ever visited Amish country?

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

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!

you might also like

Tell me…what makes you follow a blog? What makes you unfollow? What social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) do you use to follow a blog, if any?

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

My Antiquing Adventure

I love visiting my cousin Marti and relaxing at her cabin in the countryside. It’s not only fun to catch up with my favorite cousin and my sisters, but we often go antiquing! I love looking at antiques, especially vintage fabrics, quilts, and embroideries.

During a recent trip. I saw this beautiful quilt, artfully displayed. It was in very rough shape but the hand quilting on it was delightful!

I spotted this cute wooden box decorated with honeybees, and a beautiful collection of antique pincushions.

I thought this was a clever way to recycle a coverlet.

My sisters and I had a blast digging through the antique embroideries and selecting our favorites. Antiquing made for a really enjoyable afternoon.

you might also like

Tell me…do you ever go antiquing? What treasures have you found?

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!

I really appreciate your comments. Please leave an email address so I can thank you personally!