Around here, this time of year that means one thing: The International Quilt Festival.

I went Friday with my across the street neighbor Denise. We had a ball. Next year, I’m buying tickets for two days. And I’m going with or without company.

I was pleasantly surprised to see The Silver Needle there, but they got enough of my money back in Louisville. I choose to spread the wealth…

The small stuff; a Hera marker (it’s used for applique work), a pair of beautiful Bohin scissor, embroidery needles, quilting needles and milners. The quilting & milners have gold plated eyes and they are oustandingly smooth and very very nice to hold. The weird looking things… pom-pom makers. And a kit to make a teeny tiny little cupcake pincushion.

Patterns! A Christmas themed wool felt bell pull. A sugar skull quilt (41″ x 41″). And two bag patterns.

Now when I was planning this out in my head I had a budget & a basic idea. A few small things, and one big thing. I remarkably stuck fairly close to that plan. Here’s the big’un:

You can see a better picture here.

It’s 58″ square and all applique. I was a gonner from first sight (they had the model at Festival), I walked away… 13 charts add up… but it called my name. Denise heard it calling my name. The booth owners, they let me walk away; they knew I’d be back.

Now I get to plan… do I buy the kit fabrics? Or do I put them together myself from my local shop. I’d like to do it locally, but I love love love the fabrics that the model was made with. If those are what is in the kit… I’ll probably have to buy the kit.

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8 Responses to Festival

  1. The Baltimore Halloween is WAY cute.

    If I didn’t have a sizeable fabric stash (I don’t) I’d probably buy the kit. You’re supporting A quilt store and that way you’re not having to buy fat quarter after fat quarter.

  2. Jill Ferrell says:

    I like the new look on your blog. That Halloween quilt is gorgeous–it is so you!. I can see why it was calling your name. Take care.

  3. Melissa C. says:

    Well it depends. Do you want to jump right in and start or do you want to piss around buying fabrics? If choosing fabrics is part of your fun, kit it at your shop. If you just want to jump in, buy the kit. I would buy the kit, because I’m an instant gratification kind of girl.

  4. Holly says:

    Get the kit…. Why waste time shopping for fabrics when you could have the ones you love at your disposal the minute the urge to start strikes you!

  5. Annette says:

    Buy the kit. If you try to shop piece by piece, you will not have all the bits you need when you’re ready to do a square! It always happens that way… LOL

    I LOVE the quilt (as I’m sure is no surprise to you). I also am a huge fan of Bohin needles and scissors 🙂 I hope you like them.

  6. Buy the kit. The fabrics look awesome! Let someone else do that much of the work for you. Then you get to jump right in to the fun of making it without unnecessary delay! You can support the local shops with other projects.

    Being a self-confessed scissor hoarder, I *need* to know more about these Bohin scissors. Really, I do. Don’t make me beg.

  7. Michelle says:

    OMG – that Baltimore Halloween quilt is awesome. I’ve already taken a look at it. I may not be able to resist. Love it!

  8. suzemo says:

    I know this comment is late, but I was perusing your past posts and OMG, SUGAR SKULLS?

    Hot damn, now I’m jealous.

    I love the International Quilt Festival – it’s one of the things I think I’ll miss the most about Texas.

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