Thursday, March 7, 2013

Finding New Resources

The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources. 

Marquis De Vauvenargues

I said I would share with you what the new goodies I found at the quilt show were.  I managed to get them photographed so you can take a look.

The first vendor booth I stopped at had a number of things that caught my eye.  I didn't want to walk around carrying them when I had yet to see the show so I made a few mental notes and walked on.  I took a look around the show and then returned to get the items before I left.  I hate to be weighted down with bags the whole time I'm walking around.  Juggling a cane and a camera and a purse (I did have a cross shoulder bag) was enough.

A few things caught my attention at another booth further on.  This vendor hand dyes fabrics and had a few patterns and tools.  This tulips pattern caught my eye right away.  It's fusible applique and is only about an 18" square.

The fabric here just seemed perfect for the tulips.  The photo doesn't do it justice and the piece is 58" wide.  I know I've shown you several 60 degree rulers that I own but I didn't have this one or one this large for hexagons.  The jewel shape intrigues me and the full size is 12" finished.  I'll have to be on the look out for some of Jaybird's Patterns.

After viewing the quilts I wound back where I started.  I used the fabric as a backdrop for these items too cause it looked better than my old cutting mat.

More software.  I have Karen Stone's first EQ quilts so I had to add this one too.  Since I have been planning to share the many ways to make triangles with you I thought I might try Brenda Henning's Triangulations 3.0 also.

I had owned both of these tools before.  One of the things that happens when you own a quilt shop is that customers want what they see you using.  If you don't have enough of the items hanging on the wall they will buy the one in your hand.   This is what happened to mine. ;-)  Sales are always a good thing in retail.  The Scrapmaster tool was out of production for a few years but now Marsha McCloskey has added a 1" finished triangle to it and is producing it again.  Judy Martin's Point Trimmer will trim various types of triangles.  I'll have to share how it works sometime.

If you have been following me for very long you know I am a tree lover.  This bowl pattern looks really cool.  After I got home and looked at it I realized it calls for a specific kind of stiffener.  Guess I need to put that on my list now.

This jelly roll jumped into my hands too.  It's not batiks but certainly has that look.  It will work well with some other fabrics I've been saving for a special project.

I had seen this new seam ripper at my Charity quilting group back in January.  The white ends help pull out those nasty little short threads you get while ripping out mistakes.  I thought I should have one on hand just in case I ever make any mistakes.  Maybe it will be a long time before I need to use it.  Hee Hee!

Tomorrow will be another adventure!  I going to the Sewing Expo.  I'm sure I'll find a thing or two there also.

I've also signed on for the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop and Giveaway.  So tune in to see what you could win!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

I'm linking with  Really Random Thursday


  1. You did do well at the Show Patricia, I am intrigued by the leaf bowl, so hope you get the special stiffener to show it off sometime.

  2. I have Julie Herman's new ruler but haven't tried it, but I have used Judy Martin's point trimmer for YEARS!


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