My trip was all around inspiring from the first half, which was spent at the International Quilt Festival in Houston (see the winners) to the second half of my trip, which I spent in San Diego with my brother and his family. He took me to the San Diego Zoo’s Safari park, the main zoo, and to see my nephew and family. What a wonderful trip!
I did not do a huge amount of purchases, because I either didn’t know where to look, or couldn’t find some of the things on my list. But you see the photo above…I found two fantastic hand dyes and a bunch of threads (mostly metallics), and some new gloves. I was looking for several specific fabrics, especially hand dyes for some planned quilts. These seemed just perfect. I had several professional quilters recommend Wonderfil metallics to me, so I bought some to try. I’ll let you know how they work for me. I plan on ordering some prepared for dye fabrics (PFD) and a few Radiance (silk and cotton blends). I found some Radiance, but it was already precut and wasn’t any cheaper.
But the most fun I had was in seeing the quilts and meeting friends, some of whom have been my friends for years and I have never met them. I am embarrassed to say that I let my camera battery run down at the show and I had left the other one back at the hotel on Thursday…the day I had set aside to view the show and take pics…so I don’t have good quilt pics for you. I am sorry. They were unbelievably magnificent, and I don’t think the pictures would have done them justice anyway.
I am fully inspired, and just as soon as I recharge my batteries (get some rest) and do a little house cleaning, I will plunge into making some show quilts for 2015, and, insofar as possible, take you along for my quilt journeys. I actually had several of you come up to me and tell me you read my blog. What a delight that was! Thank you! Sew I am now excited and inspired!
Sew happy everyone! Teach someone to sew or quilt…yourself, your BFF, your cat…. 🙂 If your cat does make a quilt, be sure to share. LOL