My design wall has been pretty much unchanged since a week ago, so I thought I would take you shopping with me for quilty things at the Des Moines AQS show.
We got back from the Des Moines show yesterday a little tired, a little poorer, but very glad we made the trip. I did some shopping for items that I have bought on line before, but it’s so much better to see in person.
- King Tut thread. One of the longarm sales reps was stitching on black fabric with a variegated pastel. Gorgeous! I mostly quilt with poly-wrapped poly or poly-wrapped cotton, and sometimes with all cotton. Three cones of Superior’s King Tut went into my shopping bag (a jewel-toned variegated, a green variegated, and a nice neutral tan/taupe).
- Golden Threads pantos. I haven’t added any pantos to my collection for a long time, and this was my opportunity to see the true scale and density of each pattern in person. I bought four: 1) Iron Gate by Keryn Emmerson (my fave designer); gender neutral design, quite open. 2) Decaf by Sue Patten; tighter flowy pattern of ferns. 3) My Favorite Leaves (5″) by Judy Allen; leaves and loops, looser design, really pretty. 4) Clover Meadow by Keryn Emmerson; clovers, medium density, looks really fun to sew.
- Sewline Fabric Glue Pen. A pen housing an approx 1/4″ wide stick of fabric glue. The store clerk said it worked well for basting English paper piecing, and said it didn’t leave a residue or stiffness. I am going to try it on my GFG quilt…we’ll see.
- TQM Products. Susan Brown owns TQM Products, and they make a couple of pretty nifty rulers. (Disclosure: Susan is a FaceBook friend of mine, although I hadn’t met her before, and she was so generous as to give me a couple of her rulers.) One ruler you have maybe seen before; it’s for efficiently and quickly cutting bias binding. The second ruler assists you in sewing your final binding join in a nice diagonal seam. I join my binding that way, but I have my own cumbersome made-up way of doing it. I am excited to try Susan’s little ruler. A big plus to her rulers: she has the instructions on how to use them printed right ON THE RULER. Smart.
- Miscellaneous stuff: FQs of silk shantung for some whole-cloth experimenting (yummy!); We spent a LOT of time in Lori Smith’s booth. I bought a pattern I may just drool over and never make, but I love it, “Chocolate: A Sampler Quilt“.
- Wool! Wool is big this year, and I’ve avoided it in the past like the plague. Really. Til now. I bought a couple of kits so I just need to buy some floss (probably), and hopefully have NOTHING LEFT OVER. I am not going to go down that wooly path — well, maybe just a few steps, then I will turn right around and be a regular wovens quilter!
In the last week or so, the robins (and the occasional cedar wax wing) have been FEASTING in our little crab apple tree. I’ve
wasted spent a lot of time shooting birdie pictures through the glass. A sample:
Wasn’t that fun? We’ll have to go shopping together again sometime. Be sure to visit Judy Laquidara’s Patchwork Times to check out what other quilters are doing.