Last week was the biggest thing in this area for quilting and sewing - Sew Expo. I went with my friend C. on the first day. We didn't do any of the classes or see anything other than some of the vendors. I really didn't "need" anything, and she was just looking for a baby quilt pattern. So we just kind of wandered around seeing all the sights.
At the Just Imagination booth, filled with wonderful, luscious hand-dyed fabrics, there was a small quilt top on display that C. really liked. It was made with only 2 fabrics, but because of the nature of the hand-dyed fabric, it had lots of variations and interest. It was done in intense blues and rusts. We got to talking to Judy Robertson, who makes all those wonderful hand-dyed fabrics, and found out what pattern she had used to make the sample.
Then we wandered over to a booth selling quilt books and got the last copy of the book (40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy) that the pattern for that quilt was in!
I brought it home to make a sample block of the pattern. I didn't get any of the hand-dyed fabrics ($26/yard!), so I used some batiks. I just picked some with strong contrast. And green and purple are always good together to me. It was a very simple block to make, and there were great directions in the book. It's all done with 2 1/2 inch strips. By the way, I recommend this book! Lots of great patterns in here, and they're all pretty simple and straightforward to make.
It looks like this will be the quilt my guild will be making for the raffle quilt to raise money for the local arts group/gallery. I don't know what colors we'll be using, but I'll show you when I know!
I also found some things that I couldn't live without! I got some zippers (2 for $1), a texture stamp, a stamp pad cleaner, foil, some metallic paints, a new seam ripper (wore out the other one making the Halloween Trips) and a cute pattern for a chicken or pig or bunny stuffy. I think they'll make cute pincushions. Maybe a little voodoo doll-ish to stick pins in them, but still cute.
Here is the final layout of the Halloween Trip blocks. DH and The Kid did the final arrangement for me. They wanted those bands of color to kind of match up. I like it, so I left it. I have 3 rows sewn together and the last two will get done tonight. And I even have an idea for the border now. Just have to pull fabrics for it! I'm
relieved excited that this one is almost together. I'm ready to do something else now. Short-attention-span quilting!
Last, but not least, here are the fabrics I received from Nifty over at Nifty Quilts. We did a little vintage fabric swap. Go visit her blog and see all the great fabrics she's got to work with now! These fill out my selection nicely. I was short on the grey/pink combo, and I'm always in love with dots. Dots on dots are even better!