Pets On Quilts Show – 2014

I stumbled across this today thanks to Valerie.  Thanks Valerie!

Sounds good to me!!!  So, here are my kids!  We are entering in the “Cat or Kitten on a Quilt” category.  With 4 cats in the house, there is always a cat available to help with the quilting process.  First up…the Moose!  Moose is the youngest quilt tester in the household, but he is the first to pop up and help me.

cropped-img_1862.jpgHe has been helping me quilt my latest quilt, Chasing My Tail, with my 830 and the jumbo hoop.  Thanks Moosie!

Moose helping with "Chasing My Tail"

Moose helping with “Chasing My Tail”

He’s always up for a good photo shoot…especially when I’m trying to get a picture WITHOUT a cat in it.

Moose presents Mini Swoon

Moose presents Mini Swoon

He sure does keep us laughing though!

Yoga Moose :)

Yoga Moose 🙂

Next up is sister Lucy.  She’s our little rescue girl that someone tried to drown at 8 weeks of age.  Saving her did some damage to her vocal cords so her meow and purr are very, very quiet.  That hasn’t slowed her down every though!  She’s a sweet soul, but she keeps da’ Moose in his place.

Lucy helping with layout of the Montana Quilt

Lucy helping with layout of the Montana Quilt

Lucy helping demonstrate "place cat butt here!"

Lucy helping demonstrate “place cat butt here!”

They have another very shy sister, Emmie.  Emmie is also a rescue and used to love to help with quilting until I got my 830.  The 830 is just a bit big and intimidating for her, but she still loves to snuggle and help with quilting when the machine isn’t running.

Emmie on Lisa's quilt

Emmie on Lisa’s quilt

Emmie on Happy Howlidays

Emmie on Happy Howlidays

And last but not least is Simon.  Simon is the senior cat in the household at 14.5 years old.  Simon is also a rescue that had an injury early in life.  Jim says he’s a “few Buds short of a 6 pack”, but he is truly just the sweetest boy ever.  He is a gentle soul and always the first to make friends with a new animal in the house.

Simon and Moose on Happy Howlidays.

Simon and Moose on Happy Howlidays.

So that’s my crew!  I hope you enjoyed this little introduction to my quilting helpers.  Make sure and check out all the other links at Lily Pad Quilting and enjoy the Pets on Quilts Show 2014!  I know I will 🙂

Simon, Lucy, & Emmie

Simon, Lucy, & Emmie

Baby Moose

Baby Moose

Busy, busy, busy!

Gosh!  I can’t believe that:

  • #1 – it’s now the middle of August
  • #2 – that it was 45 degrees here this morning at the barn and
  • #3 – I actually have a few days of “stay-cation” and get to do some sewing!

Score!!!!!

Emmie & Moose

Emmie & Moose

Work has been insane for most of the last month.  I’ve had my hands full being a business owner and managing all sorts of fun (insert silent scream here) that comes along with owning a 3-year-old, growing business.  Mom is ahead of me once again on our Farmer’s Wife blocks, but I have high hopes of catching up with her this week 🙂  We also celebrated my 48-year-old “man-child’s” birthday last weekend with 15 of his closest relatives.  I’m really not sure there is an emoticon that correctly portrays the emotion I have to accompany that statement, so I’ll leave you with these 2 images instead, lol.

After

After

IMG_2276And then this was me…in the corner….IMG_1992And that’s all I’m saying about that 🙂  The only sewing that Scarlett and I have gotten done this past month has been on a baby quilt for my new great-nephew who shall be joining us any day.  He wasn’t due until September, but my niece has been having problems and went into labor early a few weeks ago.  They’ve been controlling it and this Monday she reached 37 weeks so now they plan to let her go whenever he decides to show up.  I’m finally stitching the binding down and then it will be ready to go.  Here it is before I quilted it.IMG_2217And the backing fabricIMG_2218So, as soon as I finish the binding and wash all the cat hair off of it (thank you Moose!), I’ll post some pics of the finished quilt before I give it to her.  Oh yes, and I need to make the label too.  That’s all I have for you as of right now.  Hope you all are doing well and enjoying the remainder of your summer!  I leave you with Mr. Moose, ever the eager helper…IMG_2228

 

 

The Week From Hell

Wow, what a week.  I would like to not repeat this week anytime soon!  Here’s how it went:IMG_1529

Tuesday:  another snow storm (5 inches) and loss of power from 2:30-8:30 a.m.  Edward (pictured above) is a total freak due to the flickering of lights occasionally during that 6 hour window and lies on top of me shaking like a freight train the entire time.  Let’s keep in mind that I have to be at an equine event exhibiting for my clinic at 8:00 Weds morning shall we?  Sometime during this time, Lucy sneezes…twice.

Wednesday:  5 inches of snow on the ground, no power, I am getting ready for this equine trade show without a shower, trying to make myself presentable via the light of my phone and the window…not pretty.  Lucy is now sneezing more…much more.  I send the husband out to feed the horses because in my lovely boot (remember the broken heel?) I’m not so great in the snow.  I also send him over to the neighbor’s house to feed her 2 horses because she’s in her 60’s with a bad hip and doesn’t need to be fighting the snow either.  I’m walking out the door, looking not so pretty, and Jim comes back to tell me that the neighbor’s oldest horse is dead in the barn 😦  Now, the poor guy was 30 years old and it’s been a tough winter, but it’s never an easy thing to have happen.  So, call our neighbor, deliver the horrible news, and then off to the event.  Yep, that’s me below with my hair pulled up looking über lovely…oy!  Do you love the coat hanging in the background?  Note to self…next time look behind you before having someone snap a picture.  Sigh…IMG_1643Thursday:  Wake up to more sneezing (enter Emmie and Simon) and it becomes obvious that we have a full-blown upper respiratory infection running through the cats in the house.  Damn!  This stuff is like the plaque.  Lucy feels horrible because she has the worst lungs of the group.  I rescued her when someone tried to drown her and her 4 siblings when she was only 10 weeks old…so to say she’s respiratory challenged to begin with would be an understatement.  Now she feels really crappy, running a fever, snotty, and doesn’t want to eat.  Go down to feed the other cats and Moose, aka the bad kitty, has diarrhea.  Nice…ok, I’m a veterinarian…forget that I specialize in dermatology for the love of pete, but I can handle this.  Load up a stool sample, and off to the clinic I go.  Results back at 10 p.m. – Moose has Giardia.  Whaaa Whaaa,… winner winner, chicken dinner!

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

Friday:  Surely we’re done with the week right?  I have 2 doctors appts, one for the heel and one for annual bloodwork, and then I’m off to pick up medicine for all four cats for the upper respiratory infection and medication for Mr. Moose to treat the Giardia.  The good news – my bone is remodeling so I’m cleared for non-weight bearing exercise and remain in the boot for another 3 weeks.  The bad news…pilling and medicating 4 cats, 2-3 times per day with medicine that tastes horrible.  Yeah, I have the scars to prove it.

I feel certain that today has to be the start of a better week.  Lucy and Emmie are still feeling puny (Lucy is the worst, poor thing is downright pathetic), but Moose feels good enough to bite me and Simon has been exposed to upper respiratory infections so many times (he spent his first year of life in the clinic with me as a clinic cat when I was in general practice) that his immunity is pretty darned good.  IMG_1652

Despite all this insanity that would drive any normal person to drink, I DID actually get some things accomplished on the quilty and crafty side of things this week.  Yeah me!  First up, my little tumbler table topper made out of a charm pack of Vintage Modern (by Bonnie & Camille for Moda), is quilted and just waiting for me to finish hand stitching the binding!  I love it and need a little spring right now.  I really don’t mind springing forward with the time change because let’s be honest, I don’t sleep a lot any way…but I would REALLY like some warmer weather and sunshine over here.  That’s what the little table topper is supposed to be for me 🙂  It’s smaller than I anticipated and will shrink some more when I wash it, but I still love it.  It makes me smile.  IMG_1658

I also finished a little Easter wool applique that I started last March.  It’s an Easter bunny…he’s cute!IMG_1657And last but not least, I had ordered some of the cotton fabric lawn printable sheets from Electric Quilt for a memory quilt I’m working on.  I’ve used printable fabric before but haven’t been extremely pleased with the quality of it.  So, this cotton lawn fabric got great reviews as did the TAP (transfer artist paper).  I ordered some of both and am planning on experimenting to see which I like best.  However, when I was on the Electric Quilt site, I just happened across these add-ons called “Stash“…how have I never heard about these before?????  IMG_1659If you use Electric Quilt to design quilts at all, these are a must have!  I have EQ 7 and although I don’t get to play nearly as much as I would like, these are da’bomb!  The CDs are released twice a year (spring and fall) and contain swatches from various manufacturers and fabric designers, from the entire line of each person’s fabric.  I purchased the Fall 2011 and the Spring 2012.   The Fall 2011 has over 6400 fabrics from 25 different manufacturers (Moda, Michael Miller Fabrics, Northcott, Robert Kaufman, etc).  Spring 2012 has over 5800 fabrics from 22 manufacturers (Island Batiks, Moda, Free Spirit, Riley Blake, etc).  Now, you know my love affair with Vintage Modern, Ruby, and the other fabrics by Bonnie & Camille….imagine how fun it is for me to design quilt blocks or entire quilts and NOW be able to drop the exact fabrics in????  Some might call it heaven 🙂

Vintage Modern in EQ 7 - Stash Spring 2012

Vintage Modern in EQ 7 – Stash Spring 2012

So, that pretty much wraps it up for me.  Today is Sunday and other than a trip to the grocery store to get ready for the week, I intend to stay home and sew.  I have 5 more Farmer’s Wife blocks to do for the month of March to stay on track and I’m looking forward to spending some time planning the memory quilt I’m going to work on.  I hope you guys had a much less drama filled week!

Score! IQF Cincinnati Loot

Ok, for my quilty friends that have tweeted that they want to live vicariously through my shopping skills (read lack of control) from my trip yesterday to IQF Cincinnati, feast your eyes upon my fun finds.  I suspect you will all notice a theme and I will have to change my username on twitter and such from “ltdermdvm” soon to “the crazy cat lady”…sigh, what’s a girl to do?

First up….you know I’ve been lusting after, I mean “wanting to try”, some Aurifil thread for a while now.  I could no longer wait for Sandy to PICK ME!  My pleas were falling on deaf ears…wiping a tear from my eye…sigh!  SO, the hubs wanted me to pick something special for my bday present while I was at the quilt show and I decided I wanted to get some Aurifil if I could find a good deal.  My local shop charges $12-14/spool.  Have you heard about their new Lana 12 wt thread for wool?  mmmmmmm, yummy.  So I got this:

Can’t wait to try it out!  And I found the PERFECT project to try the Aurifil Lana threads on at Wooly Lady!  Have you guys ever seen her wool?  OMG…if you like wool, she has the softest wool in the most unusual colors.  I met her in Houston in 2010 and have been a huge fan ever since.  Not cheap…but so unique.  Kind of reminds me of the Sue Spargo type colors.  I managed to contain myself and only bought one thing at her booth.

It’s going to be perfect on top of an antique buffet I have in my dining room.  Seriously…look at these colors!Love, love, love!  Ok, moving on.  You all know Emmie by now, my little quilting buddy right? Well, Emmie proved herself to be a phenomenal mouser this past winter (thank you husband for dragging me kicking and screaming out into the country with the lure of “you can have horses”).  I found this pattern and thought it was priceless!  Totally reminded me of her.  The gumball machine is filled with mice (that piece of fabric was included) and the whiskers were sparkly strands of something (not sure what I’ll use for that yet).  Yep, couldn’t help myself…had to have it!While we’re on the animal theme, I might as well confess and show you all my other animal type purchases yesterday.  I know, I know…serious problem.  What do you expect from a veterinarian though?  Seriously?

This was a pattern from Thangles called Mama and Her Kitties.  I’ve never used Thangles but the demonstration looked super simple (ha! don’t they all).  I also bought the kit because the colors were perfect for my friend who does a ton of rescue work for kitties.  I also thought I would make one for our local group, Indy Feral, to use at their fundraising auction.  This one looked so fun for summer.  It’s called The Hunter and came with some matching Aurifil thread (giggle…).  Let’s just say, Bigfork Bay Cotton Company loves me after my visit to their booth yesterday.  Dear checking account, I apologize…I just couldn’t help myself, and to be fair, IQF Houston was my last real blowout…And another….this one reminded me of my Siamese, Lucy, who hangs out in my sink every morning.  She’s a little visually challenged.  We think she’s such a good mouser because she sees 2 of everything!  Sorry Lucy…no discrimination in this house, you must have “issues” to live here 🙂

Lucy

And another….

Hey, at least I deviated from cats this time 🙂  This is a VERY cool little kit that combines some pretty pastel wools with some gorgeous batiks!  Yummy.

I personally think I exercised an outlandish amount of control when I left Primitive Gatherings booth with just ONE little itty bitty wool kit!  This is a very cute little reindeer table mat that is all in the shape of hexagons which I’ve been wanting to try my hand at.  Primitive Gatherings had this BEAUTIFUL kit that was a huge Ohio Star.  I swear it had to be 80×80.  You can imagine how $$ it was.  Again, OUTLANDISH self-control (patting myself on the back).

Hey look!  Something without a cat or an animal, lol!  This cute little applique pattern was designed by Pat Sloan for Bigfork Bay Cotton Company.  So pretty!  And of course it came with some lovely coordinating aurifil thread.

Wrapping up now, I promise.  This cute little book by Kim Schaefer (you may know her from her book Calendar Quilts) had some adorable applique for crib blankets, bibs, and growth charts.  I have a few friends having babies this summer so I thought I could try a few of these out and make something different from the typical baby quilt 🙂  Last but not least, I give you…Yeah…sigh.  I had a bonding moment with Deb Tucker.  She is a total HOOT!  If you’ve never met her and you’re ever at a quilt show, go chat with her and watch her demonstrations.  I would love to take one of her classes sometime or just go drink some wine, beer, martinis, whatever with her.  The lady is a bundle of energy.  I had heard AJ from The Quilting Pot talking about a table runner she made from one of Deb’s rulers, so I knew I wanted to check out her booth if she was at the show.  I probably spent 30-45 minutes watching various demos and just laughing with her.  I walked away with 3 rulers, a quilter’s wand, and 2 patterns.  Nuts!

And that, I believe is IT my friends!  I had a great time and find myself unbelievably glad that it’s raining today so I can stay inside and play with my loot instead of get out and clean up my flower beds and garden like I SHOULD be doing 🙂  Have a great weekend everyone!

A Mug Rug Kind of Day

Did you have a good week?  It was a crazy one around here.  Spring is definitely here EARLY in Indiana and the pollen counts are currently what they usually are in June.  My poor allergy patients are having a heck of a time, but I do love having the windows open 🙂  The hubs was sick for several days and was kind enough to pass it on to me (thank you husband…) but after 3 days of total ick, I’m back to normal and ready to head into another crazy week!

So, what’s new?  Well, I’m still learning my machine, so I thought I would try my hand at a couple of mug rugs.  I’ve always thought they were so cute and my dad has a birthday coming up, so what better way to learn my new machine right?  And of course, I had to make one for my mom too right?  I can just hear the morning conversation….”sure wish I had a little “quilty thing” to set my coffee on like OUR daughter made for YOU!”  Gotta love it…

But first things first.  Scarlett has had a big week!  She went with me for a 5 hour class on Friday to learn all her ins and outs.  Next week we go back to learn embroidery.  I can’t wait!  Katie turned me on to this super adorable little embroidered banner/bunting (what’s a bunting anyway???) and I totally can’t wait to make it and hang it above the window where Scarlett sits.  But…you will have to wait on pics of that until after next Friday, sorry!

Scarlett did get a little “bling” though.  I added a little magnifying glass attachment for my eyes (90 year old eyes in a 43 year old’s body…grr!).  The ladies at the store have been talking about this for ages and I’ve been fighting it (“I have my readers, I’m fine”.  Let me just say, WOW!  what a difference for my stitch in the ditch stuff … I kid you now!  Here, take a look:

Without Magnification

With Magnification

Also, things are progressing nicely between Emmie and Scarlett.  There’s been no more hissing or smacking, but Emmie remains leery.  Which isn’t a bad thing as her nose was often a little closer than I’d like to the needle.  I’m a vet, but I do hate it when my own animals are hurting (especially if I’m the cause!).

What were we talking about?  Oh yes, mug rugs!  So, I made one for my dad using the Reunion fabric by Sweetwater.  I found a tutorial written by Angie at Stitching by Starlight that looked simple enough for me (note – you can find tutorials for everything on Pinterest and Google Image, lol).  I thought it was a great tutorial, easy to follow and a quick project!  There were 2 tries previous to this one (not happy endings) …I really wanted to do some machine binding (read quick and easy) but I just was really unhappy with the results of all the ones I tried.  I read the tutorial by Julie at JayBird Quilts and Pat Sloan’s tutorial…they make it look lovely and simple, but perhaps I’m lacking a binding gene?  I made it reversible because bless his heart, he’ll have no idea what a mug rug is anyway, so he should be able to just use both sides.  I’m even sending it with a little “what is a mug rug” printout from last year when there was the Mug Rug Madness blog affair going on.

Here’s the front:

And the back: 

Poor Mom, on the other hand, got the mug rug that I did with the machine binding (Pat Sloan’s method … sorry to shame you Pat 😦 ).So, those are all boxed up and ready to head to Florida tomorrow.  Mom knows I have a blog but never remembers to check it, lol, so I’m safe posting pictures.  Well, I have a crazy week ahead and still some work to do yet tonight, so I’ll sign off.  Also, I keep fighting this little stinker sitting in front of the screen! Lucy says hello…

I did it…meet Scarlett :)

Meet Scarlett!

So, I bit the bullet!  After lots of angst, research, and beating myself up for not “needing” a new machine, I decided to get the Bernina 830 LE.  Ever since I looked at her last Saturday and allowed myself to even think about getting her, it’s become an obsession.  I scoured the message boards of all my favorite groups, searched all the blogs, contacted the folks who I knew owned one for feedback and looked for all the good, bad, and the ugly.  It seemed that the first machines that came out in 2008 had some tension issues, but all the folks I spoke with had either had their issues resolved by the company or had their machines replaced.  Since 2010, it didn’t appear anyone was having issues.

Settled in her cabinet

It seemed that everyone that owned one, loved it and didn’t regret the purchase.  Now, I can do guilt like nobody’s business (thank my parents for sending me to a Catholic school growing up), so when I read all the messages about folks that thought it was insane to spend that kind of money on a sewing machine, I of course, started to feel guilty for even considering it.  Then I thought long and hard about it on Thursday.  Thursdays are normally my late day/night at the clinic.  I go in at 1:00 and see clients until 9 p.m.   This allows some after work options for those who can’t come in with their itchy pets during normal  hours.  I started off my day by going to an equine hospital and doing a skin test on a horse at 10 a.m. and found myself ending my day and driving home at 10:30 p.m.  I thought, you know, this is crazy…you work your tail off…if you can afford to buy this (48 month interest free financing which is how I bought my 440 QE!) and it makes you happy, then the heck with what everyone else thinks!  You’re almost 44 years old, why the HECK do you give a rat’s “bleep” what anyone thinks?  You don’t have children, you have a husband with an equally expensive hobby…does this make you happy?  YES!  Then consider it therapy!  So, Friday morning, I walked into my dealer and placed my order.  After hyperventilating for a bit (thank you Katie @ Katie’s Quilting Corner for calming me down and telling me it was ok, lol) I went home and started preparing for her arrival.  I actually got a call Friday night telling me she MIGHT be ready by the time sewing circle and software sampler were over on Saturday afternoon!

Emmie stalking Scarlett 🙂

So, yesterday I brought her home!  Emmie doesn’t know what to think…she’s bigger than Bernie (the 440 QE) and “purrs” differently.  She spent most of the evening stalking her.  She would hop up on the table, crouch down, and slink around her on all sides.  She even hissed at her once, lol.  I was trying to think of names for her (because the “big hussy” seemed oh, so inappropriate for such a pretty girl) and luckily, Katie came to my rescue again with “Scarlett”.  Given her red face plate, I think that name is PERFECT!  Thank you Katie….now you just need to come schedule a visit to Indiana to play 🙂  The IQF is in Cincinnati in April…wanna come?  🙂

Block 2 of Swoon

So, Emmie and I stayed up until midnight playing with Scarlett and finished Block 2 of Swoon.  Thanks to Pam @ Hip to be a Square for her pressing tips!  (go here).  Block 2 turned out much better than block 1 with only one seam ripping event I’m happy to say.  I can tell piecing on a 9 mm feed dog is a lot different from piecing on my 5 mm Bernie.  I bought the single stitch throat plate, but I need a lot of practice!  Looks rainy here today so it would be the perfect day for some sewing IF I didn’t have to finish taxes, do laundry, go to the grocery store, get horse feed, clean stalls….sigh.  Oh well, I played all day yesterday, so today I shall do my chores 🙂  I have my first class with Scarlett from 10-3 next Friday…I can’t wait.  Oh, and with my purchase came an all expenses paid trip for a 2 day seminar on the 830 LE with the Bernina Educators in Chicago in August or December!  I’m a lucky girl 🙂

Another Finish

Can you tell I’m trying to get caught up?  I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff in the midst of the last few months of crazy but didn’t have time to blog about it, so now I’m going to get everything all caught up!  Hooray 🙂

This is a quilt I made for the Executive Director of our state veterinary medical association as a “thank you” for all the help she’s given me over the last several years as I made my way from VP to pres-elect to president, and gratefully now to immediate past president.  She’s become a dear friend and family means everything to her, so I wanted to make her something special and not just give her the standard “spa” gift certificate that she always gets (although I’m sure she appreciates that too).

My starting point was the “once upon a time” quilt by Tacha Burecher for FatQuarterly.  I’ve always been in love with this quilt since it came out in issue 39, but I took some creative liberty and made the centers pictures of her family instead of fussy cut story book prints.  I got rid of the “once upon a time” on the top border and just made it a pieced border instead.  I was really pleased with the outcome and she loved it, which is all that matters 🙂

Sorry, the lighting is kind of yellow in this one.  It was night time and I was under a deadline, lol.

And of course, how could I possibly do it all without the help of Lucy and Emmie?

That’s all for now!  Have a wonderful rest of the weekend 🙂

Help and Ideas needed!!

So, I’m finally (that should be in caps…FINALLY) ready to finish the Synchronized Squares Quilt Along from, oh what was it?  June?  hee hee.  I had such good intentions.  Christmas fabric, Christmas quilt (for me!) and now here we are, November 14th.  ARGH!

Here’s where I need ideas…quilting.  This is NOT my strong point at this time, lol.  My stipples still aren’t pretty and it’s just for me (and I know, practice, practice, etc), but I’m wondering if you all have any great ideas.  I was thinking about maybe bones or paws quilted in the little squares and then straight line echo in the white space or perhaps stipple around in the white space?  Am I over thinking?  Stipple the whole dang thing?  Sigh and help!  All ideas appreciated.  Here are a few pics to give you an idea of what it looks like:

Close up of my favorite block:  Laid out on the floor:With backing and binding:The problem child:Thanks in advance for any ideas crew!  Looking forward to reading your suggestions 🙂  Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

Return to Blog Land

Greetings everyone!  It has been beyond crazy around here for me, which of course is what I feared would happen when I started blogging.  Hence, the long delay in between the last post and now.  I know that doesn’t inspire a “following”, but it’s as good as it’s going to get until I’m into next year and some of my professional commitments are finished 🙂

So, what’s new with you guys?  I’ve been trying to get a little bit of quilting done here and there, but honestly, August was not a great month for completing things.  I’m still working on my little tabletopper quilt with summery fabrics (just in time for fall…sigh).

The backing is complete and now it just needs quilted and bound.  I haven’t managed to complete anymore blocks for my Kitten’s Tale BOM.  I just need to do some cutting so that I have it ready to roll when I have time for handwork.

I’ve been working on some cat “nap mats”.  Emmie is trying them out for me now as we speak.  I had great intentions of getting some finished for Cat’s Haven (a local cat shelter group) and time got away from me, so I’ll have to hand deliver some later.The backing is in for my synchronized squares Christmas quilt.  It’s been washed and is ready to roll.  I think I’m going to do a pieced back for that one.  I’m really excited about this quilt, but terrified to wash it for the first time even though I already washed the red backing with color catcher sheets.

In other news, I managed to fall off one of my horses and bang my elbow up nicely.  I was lucky I didn’t break it.  Totally my fault, not hers (cinch wasn’t tight enough).  That’s all for now folks.  I have 3 lectures to finish this weekend but I really, really want some quilting time too.  So, hopefully more to come soon!

Shop Hop Loot!

You have to love a good shop hop!  This one was so much fun because it was 27 different quilt stores ALL IN ONE PLACE!  They called it shop ’til you drop 🙂  It was about an hour away from me.  I got there about 10:30 and it was packed!  So packed that you couldn’t really turn around in the booths.  And you know how a group of quilting women can get when they want to “get at” something, right?  Yikes!  So, I spent the first 45 minutes or so, just cruising around on the outskirts.  It calmed down around lunch time because all the hungry quilters were eating, so …. that’s when I went in for the kill.  Here are pics of my fun finds!

First up, some fat quarters for a Princess quilt for my little great-niece.  She’s totally into Princesses right now and I want to take advantage of it before she shuns all things girly.  And for those of you following, yes…I’m still looking for the perfect horse fabric for my other great-niece 🙂

Next, a trio of handwork projects/ornaments.  These are really small but wait until you see them up close!  The quilt shoppe one is going to make an awesome Christmas present…dang, I should have gotten TWO!  I also bought some little wrought iron hangers to hang them from.  Here they all are close up.

Hmmmmm, I’m noticing that I have a tendency to buy things involving cats.  Are you sensing a problem here?  🙂

Moving on before you all start referring to me as the crazy cat lady….

These yummy fat quarters are for me and ONLY me 🙂  Nope, not sharing!   I have my sights set on making two different wall hangings for my bedroom…one with an early bird for my side of the bed and one with a night own for Jim’s side of the bed.  It’s a really cute design from Whimsicals.

I must have been on a hand-work kick today because it would appear that’s what I brought a lot home of, lol.  I found these two adorable red work patterns, one for dogs and of course…wait for it….one with cats!  I think I might make them for the humane society silent auction for the Indy Hairball in October.  I also bought a couple of pieces of muslin for the backgrounds and some red floss as believe it or not, I’ve never done red work before!

I bought some wrought iron hangers, a refill of Mary Ellen’s Best Press, and a Welcome quilt hanger (that I have no idea what I’m going to make to hang on it, but I liked the idea!)

Then I found a quilt that I absolutely fell in love with!  Ever done that?  Seen one and just loved everything about it from the colors to the fabric down to even the variegated thread that was used to quilt it?  I scouted the booth a few times because the line was so long and then eventually I went in and asked if they had the fabric/pattern for that quilt.  Turned out they had ONE kit left!  Well, needless to say, I had to have it.  It’s not a pattern I would have normally chosen but I just loved the blues/browns/creams so much I just wanted to snatch it away from their booth!  However, I maintained and just purchased the kit instead 🙂  I don’t know if you can get a feel for how pretty it is from the picture, but just wait until I get some variegated quilting on there with the blue/brown thread….yummy!

Ok, I promise, I’m winding down now.  My last purchase was a little thread/scrap catcher.  Now, I know I could make my own…but who has time?  🙂  So I gladly paid a nice woman $10 to have one that she’d already made.  And it features what else?  A cat!  It says, ” I made this for myself, but my cat thinks it’s hers”.  I thought that was appropriate for Ms. Emmie, my frequent helper.

Now it’s almost 4:00 and I have a ton of work to do yet, but all I really want to do is sew 😦  Maybe I’ll work until 7 and then give myself a break.  Hope you enjoyed the “trunk show”.  I’m hoping to have some updated pics of my summer table topper by tomorrow!  Have a wonderful evening!