I decided to go there with a very specific wish list. I was able to get everything on my list, except for one particular fabric I was looking for. Since I do a lot of online shopping, I focused on things that were more challenging to ship, like batting. I cried at how cheap batting is in the States. I bought 7 yards at Joann's, and bamboo batting in twin and king size at the show. Now I have no excuse not to get my bed quilt made.
I also got backings for some of the quilts I have been working on. I bought backing for my Jelly Roll Sampler quilt, and for my Aster Manor quilt that I am going to make using a Honeybun.
I found the Scrap-Basket Surprises book for a great price. I had to get it after seeing Darlene's fabulous quilt from it.
The big thing I noticed at the show was all the rulers. That seemed to be the popular thing was to make your own ruler to go with your patterns and then sell them. I did end up buying one that is suppose to help you accurately cut your flying geese units. I am going to use it to make my potholders. I also got a great deal on rotary cutter blades, and bought a seam ripper recommended to me by a friend.
There were definitely a few highlights of the trip. One of them was spending time with my aunt-in-law who came on the trip with me. We had a fabulous time together. She is a quilter as well but does not live near me so we don't get to spend a lot of time together. Another one was getting to meet Eleanor Burns. She was so nice and friendly, and I was able to thank her for helping me in my quilting journey.
Julie and I
My last highlight was getting to meet and spend time with Julie. We have been corresponding for almost a year and are in the Bee Beautiful group together. I had emailed her to tell that I was going to the show and she rearranged her schedule so that we could meet. I had a fabulous time with her and it was great to meet her dad as well. She is a wonderful person, and a wonderful quilter.
I thought I was going to be all quilted out, after the non stop quilting environment for 4 days, but on Sunday I was back at my sewing machine with renewed energy to get my projects done.