A little while back, K posted about the quilt show. (It is apparent who got the organizational gene) Both K and I have gone up to the Lancaster Quilt Show and I have to say that this little local quilt show was quite fantastic and gasp, better than Lancaster! Don't get me wrong, Lancaster is great---in fact I always seem to blow my budget and always find something that I regretted NOT getting. This local show was great because there was a nice mix of Japanese items and contemporary fabrics (be still my frantically beating heart!). Also, an important discovery was made. We found an awesome local quilt shop. To be fair, I knew that there are a few local places (that were not so local to me when I lived in the City), but I was always hesitant to visit fearing that, well, the style of the shop would be "traditional."(not saying that there is anything wrong with traditional). Well, I am happy to report that this shop is fantastic! I was overwhelmed by the selection! (I am still weighing out the evils of living within short distance of both a wonderful quilt shop and my favorite yarn shop---I need to muster up some self control…) I think the only downside to the quilt show was that K did not get her machine. The up side is living closer to each other makes sharing a machine a bit easier, especially since she can just come hang out in MY craft room (saying that will not get old for a while).
For all this talking up the local quilt show, I must say that I showed some amazing self control. I spent less than $50. I think that new mortgage was really the motivating factor, however, in the budgetary wars, a win is a win!
One of the few items I picked up a small kit that had 13 different patterns of Yukata fabric. The kit came with directions for making the quilt on display, which was gorgeous. However, once I started working, I decided or rather it was decided (with the opinions of K and Lep) that I should deviate from the pattern and keep the squares of fabric big. I whipped up the quilt top in a few days, which is lightning fast for someone who sews at the speed of a three legged turtle. Having everything set up was very wonderful and helpful ---it's a real mood killer to have to pull everything out and set it up when you want to work. Yes, it seemed that the crafting stars had aligned: I was working quickly, pulled fabric from the stash, things were going swimmingly, until … I realized that I did not have enough Navy to back the quilt. No problem, a quick trip to the fabric shop should [easily] fix this. Two fabric shops and a broken spirit later, no navy and no finished quilt! What a bummer! (A quick confession: I am a very capricious crafter---I need to finish project while the desire burns bright. If I wait too long I end up not finishing a project or it becomes torturous to complete.) I have one more shop that I am going to try, then I will go to the extreme measure of ordering off the internet---solids off the internet. Sigh.