I mentioned in my last post that I did my share of shopping at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium show last weekend...now that I am unpacking I am seeing just how much I brought home! zikes!
my finished curve block from Pepper Cory's Conquer the curve workshop
I did go with a list and found several of the items I "needed" for projects.
This group of fabrics and embellishments from Fiber on a Whim out of Atlanta fits that category. I love the different fabrics - burlap, linen and cotton. I've had a drawing on my idea board for a couple years now...time to start!
Years ago I made two simple table runners using French fabrics I bought on a trip overseas. I donated one to a silent auction and the other I gave to a friends. Always regretted not getting enough fabric to make another!
But now I have the fabric and will make one soon!
Also got some neutral fatquarters (when did fatquarters hit $3? I must have been napping!)
Also got some fq sets of Pepper Cory's shot cottons. These fabrics are the chameleons of the fabric world - they play well with Kaffe Fasset fabrics, reproductions and even 1930's. Some of these are going in to my neutral quilt. The others are going into my applique stash!
My birthday splurge was a new set of Kai scissors. I was only going to get one but they had this show deal...you know how that goes. These grip the fabric while you cut...love them. Even today when my hands are a bit shaky I can cut well. And so much safer than rotary tools on a day like this!! (the little fabric tied on the handle is the warning label for my DH...if there is fabric on the handle he knows it cannot be used for anything but fabric!)
I like having an envelope of mixed needles in my carry-around stitching bag. These are a new brand to me. After using them on two projects I have mixed feelings. Not as easy to thread as some of the large eye clover needles and thicker that most of my needles. That said I think they might work well appliqueing batiks where I tend to bend my regular Milliners or straw needles quickly.
I bought a few patterns...things that I don't see locally.
This one really caught my eye...has two of my favorite things -strings and curves!
Next year they have quite a line-up for instructors. You do not have to be from North Carolina to participate. You do however need to sign up early to make sure you get the workshops you want. Usually starts around January...