Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Show & Tell--Paducah Spring 2017

One of the things I look forward to the most when my friends and I attend a quilt show is the "show & tell" after we get back to the hotel. We "show & tell" all our purchases with each other. It is always fun to see what different things we have found. I'm amazed by the things my friends purchased that I didn't even see. How did I miss them? Usually, we have to go back to the show the next day to pick up some of those things we missed. This year I didn't buy much. I really didn't buy anything I'm excited about. Part of the problem is that "I have it all." Well, not really; but if you'd look at my studio, you might think I do. I bought things I needed for my sit-down long-arm machine and a few other things.
I know, this is kind of sad for a "show & tell" isn't it. Let me tell you about what I bought. 
  • Beginning from the left-hand side, you'll see a "buggy" fat quarter. I thought I might be able to use that for some interesting fussy-cut hexies. 
  • Above that are some "silk cloud minis"--silk waste yarn--that I will use for my extreme embroidery pieces. 
  • On top you can see a Quilt Pounce containing pounce powder that irons off. I'm planning on using it with stencils I have purchased to mark quilting designs on my quilts. It doesn't come off until it comes into contact with heat. 
  • As I said, I bought a few things for my sit-down long-arm sewing machine--oil, a bottle with a really sharp applicator for oil, needles, and bobbins. 
  • I got some REALLY cute tiny scissors. The little lime green pair you see at the top has an attached blade cover which is so nice. I already have a yellow pair just like this and LOVE them (and they are REALLY inexpensive). You can never have too many scissors! If you know me, you know I love orange. I couldn't resist the little orange-handled scissors you see. 
  • Last, I bought some back issues of Simply Moderne magazine. I think that is my very favorite magazine. It is expensive, but I think it is worth it.
Wouldn't you know, as soon as I took the above picture, I emptied another bag and found yet another purchase.
This is a small rotating cutting mat recommended by Sue Daley. She has several hexie tutorials on line and uses this mat when she is rotary cutting the pieces for her blocks. I just purchased a new hexagon book and am going to give this mat a try. I did make a purchase I'm excited about from Massdrop. I ordered the entire set of acrylic templates and paper pieces for The New Hexagon book by Katja Marek. (It hasn't come in yet but is on its way; otherwise I would have shown you a pic.) I want to try my hand at fussy cutting the fabric for the blocks in the book. Now I'm thinking I want to order the "add-on" acrylic templates and paper pieces to do The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along Katja is running on her site. If you might be interested in this too, go to the Massdrop link here. Once you get to the "Inactive Drop" page, click on the "Requested" button" to show your interest in a "drop" for those products. Clicking DOES NOT commit you to buying; it just shows that you are interested. If there is enough interest (i.e. enough requests), Massdrop will create a "drop" for the products and let you know when the "drop" for the requested products occur. Once you see the price, you can then decide if you are interested or not. The more people that are interested, the more likely they will have a "drop" for those products.  If you can't tell, I LOVE EPP (English Paper Piecing). What about you?


Ronda K. said...

I love your Paducah haul! Simply Moderne is my VERY, VERY favorite!!! It's the only quilting magazine I purchase. I've been eyeballing Sue Daily's pink turnaround. I'm working on Rosette No.1 of the New Hexagon for well, let's just say for quite a while now. It's fun, I just found myself with too many quilting irons in the fire. Thanks for sharing your treasures with us!!! Enjoy!

Robbie said...

As I've said before.."you had me at hexies"!! It's getting late here so I'm going to bookmark and look at this post again!!! Several items are of interest to me! Wouldn't you know that! HA Thanks for the share of your 'finds'!!

Dana Kroeger said...

Wow! I can't believe that's all you bought either! What you did buy, I'm sure you will be putting to use promptly.

Lisa Greenbow said...

I don't know what a lot of this is that you purchased but hey what ever makes you happy makes me happy. I always love to find things that will help with projects. Looks like a rotating cutting board would be perfect for those little hexies.

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about show and tell! My best friend and I used to do that every day after a show or when we went shop hopping. Sometimes when we had a lot of fabric, we'd cut in half and swap pieces. I really miss that! Your purchases look great, thanks for sharing them. Oh, you're going deep into EPP if you are doing one of her books! Enjoy that. I do like fussy cutting fabrics for hexagons, but I'm always going to be doing simpler things than Millifiore and designs like it. =) I love Massdrop. It's where I get my cones of neutral Aurifil when they have a drop for that periodically.