Man, us girls had a blast at Market…..Just imagine a ton of people together sharing a common love for something. Ahh, wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all quilted? (and loved fabric??) Teeheeheh, I know not that funny….but really. It was pretty cool to get to be with so many in the industry, hoping beyond hope that some of their creativity would rub off on you! (that was me anyway.)
We had so much fun talking with the designers and hearing about all the things that inspire them…..the new fabric. Oh, the new fabric. It was Heaven I tell you. Heather Bailey, literally made my heart skip a beat. Her booth was amazing. Her fabric line was AMAZING….shoot, she is just one creative power house! I had to buy her line. It is called Nicey Jane. (named after her husbands Great Aunt (?) I think) She has a few new patterns coming out as well! (So cute) And we are making a big order of her felt. The colors are delicious! Not sure if you know this, but Westminster is going to be selling their stuff in the pre-cuts. SO exciting! Don’t worry… I stocked up on it, so you will be sure to get what you need!
Oh, and Anna Maria Horner…..can I just say WOW. She is gorgeous. I mean, beyond beautiful….her baby is a sweetie too! 🙂 Her fabric this time was beautiful Voile’s and Dobby Dots. More for dresses and things, but it is gorgeous. If you are a seamstress it will be divine to work with! It is so soft and light….It would also make a gorgeous lighter quilt. Really, you just have to touch this stuff.
I have so much more to tell you about. I have pictures and videos (like a million) and I can’t wait to show you everything!
And because fabric can be used for lot’s of things besides quilting (although nothing BETTER) I thought I’d share my most recent project. I give you the Tale of the Kitchen Chairs.
BEFORE: Sad, I know. Poor old chairs with lots of hope for the future. It wasn’t your choice to be upholstered in the ugliest gold fabric known to man. You just had to take it. “But look at me! I’ve got character… I deserve more!” you cry. And luckily those cries were heard.
AFTER: This is you now, in all the glory you so rightfully deserve!
Let’s be honest. With a little Heather Bailey fabric and A LOT of red spray paint, any old thing can look new! See… I did my WHOLE TABLE!
* I covered the fabric in clear vinyl to keep it looking pretty and easy to clean. This whole project including spray paint from the whole dang thing came in at less than $50. Now, if your chairs are prettier to begin with, imagine what a new cushion could do! Check out our Fabric by the Yard and go make something better!
We have had a wonderful day here at MSQC…..we started the morning off by having our Applique Class and our shop has been buzzing with activity ever since. I am so impressed with all of the things/projects that are keeping you all busy this winter and love, love, LOVE to see them! (So keep on sharing….either bring them in or upload pics in the forum)
I know many of you are new to quilting and we want you to feel at home and comfortable here. *a little secret….So am I. (new to quilting, that is) Shhh.. I have been around quilting my WHOLE life, (or sewing for that matter) and I was “the” daughter that hated sewing NEVER thought I would like this.
“Hey Ma, look at me now”, I scream. I can’t get enough!!! Fabric won me over, that’s for sure….If they didn’t have so many amazing fabric designers, I wouldn’t have given up my teenage rebellion quite so easily. 🙂 But Heather Bailey…Anna Maria Horner…Sandi Henderson…Lila Tueller…(just to name a few) Did me in!!
Much to my Mom’s delight we opened a quilt shop. I really thought I would just be the brains….Nope. I got sucked into the fabric industries paws, and I am hooked!
So, really ladies….that is why we are here. 1. because I am a sucker and can’t get enough and 2. we want to share EVERYTHING we know (in my case isn’t much) but Mom knows alot!! and 3rd….DUH,you are SO gonna get sucked into it too!
Don’t be shy. Join us in the online community, let’s sit down and chit chat…..this really is gonna be fun. Tell us what you want more of. What you can’t stand…..what you can’t get enough of….you know, just some good old girl talk about the hobby we all love.!!
Can’t wait to see you there..er, here.