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Monday, April 23, 2018

Hancocks and Paper Pieces

I talked to friends before we went to Paducah and was told that I really needed to go to Hancocks of Paducah and Paper Pieces while there.  To be honest, I didn't even know Paper Pieces was located in Paducah, even though I'd ordered from them before.
Hancocks was unlike any fabric store I've ever been in - it is HUGE!!
The two pictures below are taken with me standing in the middle looking first at one side of the store and then at the other.  I can't even begin to describe how much fabric they have - and at good prices too!  I saw some Kaffe for 5.99 a yard!

My husband went with me to Hancocks and someone asked him if he was the CEO.  He wasn't sure what she meant, until she clarified "Carry Everything Out".  I think he likes his new CEO title :)

This is a picture of The Hexie House - home of Paper Pieces!  If you're familiar with English Paper Piecing then you've probably heard of
I had a lot of fun looking around The Hexie House too and seeing what all they had there.

Speaking of English Paper Piecing .... I didn't buy a lot of fabric but what I did buy is with my English Paper Piecing projects in mind!  There is a new line of Tula Pink fabric out, which is wonderful, and I found some cool border prints at a vendor booth.  Doesn't it all just look delicious?

Before I forget, I wanted to share an interesting article I read in the latest AQS magazine by Kimberly Einmo called "More Time to Quilt".  She talks about things we can do to find more time in our lives for quilting. Go read the article, but a few highlights include:
1. Cut back on time spent on social media
2. Unsubscribe from unnecessary emails
3.Turn off the television
4. Slow cooker meals
She says by doing these things you can gain an hour or more a day of quilting time!
Sounds great to me!!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Back from Paducah!!

I just got back from Spring Quilt Week in Paducah Kentucky!  Wow!  This was my first time and I had such a great time.  I am excited to share some photos with you of what I saw and learned.  First of all, Paducah is a town of about 25,000 people and 30,000 people come to Quilt Week!  That is a lot for a town this size to handle and boy do they do a great job.  Everyone was so friendly and helpful - I mean, even feeding 30,000 extra people for a week must be quite a feat!

We had booked a hotel in Metropolis about 30 miles away and when that didn't work out we were lucky enough to find one in Paducah at the last minute! That was amazing, and made the couple of days we spent there easier. My husband and daughter dropped me off at the convention center when we rolled into town Tuesday evening.  I had purchased a ticket to the Sneak Peek event.  (They then had to deal with all the hotel fiasco and had it all straightened out by the time I was done!)
Above you can see the crowd of excited quilters ready to go in!
The first quilt I saw when I entered was a first place winner by Marilyn Badger, who was just here in Grand Junction!!

Champagne Supernova - with a lot of amazing detail work!

Time for me to get some sleep!  I'll share more tomorrow :)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Show and Tell at Wool Gatherers

We started having Show and Tell at Wool Gatherers (Hi Fashion). It’s always fun to see what everyone else is working on! These two are Becky’s!

                                                                            These are Rachel’s!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Circle of Friends

Sherida finished her Circle of Friends quilt and showed it to us at Little Bits this month!
As you can see by her label, hers is entitled “Little Bits Lineup”! šŸ˜

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Interesting Antique Quilt

Kim brought this quilt into Inspiration Fabrics one day while a group of us were in there stitching. I’m not sure how old it is or who made it, but it’s really quite something! I am curious though about the choice of placement for those black hexagons... I get the one in the middle but the other two seem random. If only quilts could talk!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mr. Fox Turned Into a Pillow!

First of all - check out this POLISH POTTERY cake!!  A friend of mine sent me this picture - WOW!!  I love it!! Each piece of Polish Pottery is a work of art and so is this cake.  You can see from the photo it was made at Hetty's Cake House, which I found out is in the UK.  A little too far for me to run by and pick one up, but hey, if you're in the UK - check out Hetty's Cake House!

Nine woodland critter blocks are sewn into my Woodland Whimsy quilt, but I made ten blocks!  Mr. Fox block got made into a pillow and now resides in my sunroom with a furry fox friend :)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sashiko Coasters

A few weeks ago I helped Laura Pedge teach a little Sashiko workshop at the library.

It reminded me how much I enjoy doing Sashiko so I bought the coaster kits for my daughter Michelle and I to work on when she was visiting the following weekend.  We got them all stitched fairly quickly - now I just need to make them into coasters!

I went to my Little Bits meeting shortly after Michelle and I finished stitching ours and Eleanor had made some too - hers are already sewn into coasters!  So you get a sneak preview of what ours will look like - hopefully soon :)