June 22, 2009

What's Up

Do I ever have a lot of things to talk about, but I will start with what I had originally planned for last week. We have been having problems with our DSL and phone service. Never any fun, but I guess you always want what you can't or don't have. So, what I wanted to post last week was what I had been working on.

I pulled out this little project out the other day. I started this foundation paper piecing project years ago. It had been sitting on a shelf waiting to be noticed again. I just had six more blocks to make before I could sew the blocks together. Now it is waiting for a border. I believe the block is called Delectable Mountains. I like how this is turning out. I don't plan on letting it sit for a few more years before I finish it though!

I taught a beginning machine quilting class last week. I really enjoy teaching, but the only problem is that I can't seem to leave the quilt store without spending some of my pay check. This is that called to me:

I just love those reproduction fabrics. I bought a new type of basting glue. In the past I have always used a different brand that had a poor applicator tip. This new one's applicator isn't supposed to clog up in between uses. I will let you know how that turns out when I get to try it out.

Hubby and I got to go out of town for a few days last week. We had a great time. We went to Galena, IL. It is a beautiful town with rolling hills and many many steps. I will talk more about what I found to do and buy there another day. For now I will talk about a quilt shop that we stopped at on the way (kind of) to Galena. Ever since I purchased the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler 2007 magazine I have wanted to visit The Quilt Merchant shop in Winfield, IL. They specialize in reproduction fabrics. They have been a vendor at the Chicago Quilt Show that I try to go to each year and I have spent time in their booth drooling over the fabrics, patterns and quilts that they brought. Yes, I always spent money in their booth, but I always wanted to visit the store. When I first walked into the store I will admit my first thought was , oh is smaller then I thought it would be. I was a little disappointed. But then I realized that every bolt of fabric in that store was a reproduction fabric. Every single one! The smile spread on my face and the shopping began. I found yards of fabric that needed to go home with me. There is a great sale corner that has some great fabrics at 50% off. Neat! I found a few other things that I had been looking for too.

I am looking forward to trying out that little light on my sewing machine. I think it will help me to see where I am going while I am machine quilting. I'll let you know if it does what I hope it will. I will post about the actual visit to Galena soon!


Milah said...

Oh wow! A store full of reproduction fabrics...awesome!

Love the blue and white quilt.;D

Carol said...

I went to the Quilt Merchant when my son and his family lived in Chicago...had the same reaction, "Oh this is smaller than I expected"...but then like you I realized it's all reproduction fabrics. I had a blast and would love to go back...but now my son lives in Birmingham, AL...you are going to love that light. It's amazing how well you sew when you can really see. LOL!

christine said...

Love the blue and white quilt! I've seen a little red and white one the size of a doll quilt and dream of it often.

Absolutely LOVE the Quilt Merchant. I fell in love with them at the Chicago show this year. A quick trip down for a visit to the shop may be just what I need.

have a great week!

Karen said...

I would be very interested in knowing how the tip does on your new glue.
I have one of those lights and it works very well.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love reproduction fabrics! I'll be anxious to hear how your glue works so be sure and report back to us on that. I too have one of those lights and love it - it really helps me especially at night. blessings, marlene

Teresa said...

Delectable Mountains is beautiful pattern and I admire your minature quilt that you have made. Great job and I hope you will finish it. I will be watching to hear how you like the applique glue. I gave up on using that stuff because mine always got clogged up too. I have one of the bendable lights and just love it. You can order additional thingies that you use to attach it to your machine so that you can move the light from one machine to the other. Just check out their website. A lot cheaper than buying a light for each machine.

Jeni said...

Just love the blue and white quilt...
and reproductions.......... that would be a lovely store also