I just reached 2,000 comments! Susan of SusanB Luvs Crafts left comment number 2,000 and I’m sending her a little gift. I have more gifts for you, so keep reading…
Today was the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison, WI. We go every year, and since it’s just a short drive (about 45 minutes), we like to make a day of it. I’ve been to many quilt shows, from local events to the International Quilt Festival when it was in Rosemont, IL (Chicago area). This is one of my favorites because it’s big enough to make the trip worthwhile, and small enough that you don’t feel like you have to rush to see everything. Although the quilts on display and the vendor booths were still heavily skewed toward very traditional styles and color palettes, there was a definite increase in contemporary palettes and designs.
While this show is also by far the best in quality of food available, it’s still expensive. So of course we took folding chairs and a card table, packed a cooler and went out to the van for lunch! We parked in the shade of a tree and set up the table on a grassy patch. We had sandwiches, chips, veggies and some truly awesome toffee cracker things by Jeanne, then did a quick show and tell before we went back inside for round two.
My best score was this $3 yard of fabric:
Many people might consider it ugly, but I have a particular affection for “ugly” fabric. In fact, it pairs nicely with this stripe:
The green print is Sedona by Laura Berringer for Marcus Fabrics. The stripe is Mod Kitchen by Helen Dardik/Lilla Rogers Studio for P&B Textiles, and will be used as the binding for my Test Your Skills Sampler. Yes, I’ve chosen my palette! I wanted to do something that fell between modern and traditional. I didn’t want to do a white background because, while I think it makes a beautiful quilt, I also felt that I should choose something to illustrate how a quilt can still look fresh and contemporary without using a white background. Thanks to a conversation with Suzanne, I came up with this EQ illustration and I fell in love with the colors:
I’ll get back to the sampler tomorrow – I’ll show you the newly updated (thanks to your input) white and bright version and start providing basic info so you can plan yours.
Back to my fabric scores. Here are four one-yard cuts that I got at the Nancy’s Notions booth for $5 a yard:
I won’t include the green in a project with the others, but I like the raindrop, umbrella and duck prints together. The green is 7872 Luna by Gail Fountain for Maywood Studios. The raindrops are pattern C4012 and the umbrellas are pattern C4010, both from Rainy Days and Mondays by melimba & beccabury for Riley Blake Designs. And finally, the duck print is from Red Letter Day by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics.
I also picked up these charm packs for $5 each:
That’s Plume by Tula Pink, It’s a Hoot by Momo, and Giddy by Sandy Gervais, all from Moda. Which brings us back to the gifts!
To celebrate my 2,000th comment (woohoo!), I’m giving away three charm packs, one to each winner. I purchased an extra Plume and It’s a Hoot, and I pulled several other charm packs from my stash, including Hannah by Sentimental Studios, Celebrate Spring by Sandy Gervais, Faded Memories and Vienna Nights, both by 3 Sisters (the Vienna Nights is a 4″ charm pack), and Peas and Carrots by American Jane Patterns/Sandy Klop:
A few things about the giveaway – this is a thank you to my readers, so please don’t publicize the giveaway. I want the gifts to go to people who stick around, not just drop in. The giveaway is open to everyone, not just US residents, and I will draw the winners next Saturday, September 17. To enter, please list your three favorite charm packs from the photo above AND tell me what project you’re working on right now. If you’re working on several, tell me your favorite.