October 15, 2007

Too much Estrogen

Yeah, if you're not a huge fan of being around thousands of women, I don't recommend a visit to the quilt show. I'm not saying it was bad, but the lady factor was a lot too much for me. I think I have more girlfriends online than I do in real life, know what I mean? Aside from being, by far, the youngest person in the building at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, it was just too crowded & loaded with ladies sporting fiber art. Ugh. I should have known, lol. It wasn't that bad, really, I just doubt I'll drive 62 miles (in the pouring rain) next year to go again. The whole reason I made the treck to Santa Clara on Friday (going Friday was my first mistake, 3.5 hours to get home!) was to possibly catch a glimpse of some new fabrics, and maybe even buy some. Thing is, there wasn't anything new there. Nope, nothing. I saw a few pretty quilts, but the most amazing thing was the ergo chair and machine titlting thingy especially designed for us sewers. And in the end, I couldn't spend the money to get it. I know, I'm cheap. I have major back problems too, but $500 is a lot of money for me. Anyway, I did get to see this line in person, and that was pretty exciting as I think that whole fat quarter bundle will be delivered to my door today. I'm a huge fan of vintage kids prints, and am becoming a fan of anything by Sandy Gervais too. I didn't see much in the way of her stuff at the show, but I'm loving her new Fall Back in Time collection and totally covet Celebrate Spring. The colors are gorgeous, the internet does not do these fabrics justice. Oh sorry, I'm getting really wordy now. I should get to the goods, eh? I did actually make a purchase in the end. I got this roll of extra wide fat quarters. Not sure what they'll be yet, but I've got a new bag in my head that might really suit these fabrics. And from these little fat quarters, maybe I'll just do something really crazy and make something for myself....what?!?!

To Do:

1. Print and mail "Save the Date" for the wedding

2. Make two custom bags

3. Make two Hawaiian shirts for a customer in Halloween fabric

4. Go to Santa Rosa to research fabric for a customer and get some for another.

5. Make quilts! I've now sold 6 at the market and am decidedly low.

6. Photograph and list lots more monkeys on Etsy.

Wish me luck!


Nutsy Coco said...

Good luck with your to do list!

I love those fabrics you might use to make something for yourself. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who rarely keeps projects for myself. It seems like when I do, it's always the things that didn't come out quite like I wanted them to.

Unknown said...


I love the fabric you got, I can't wait to see what you make out of it! I noticed you live in Marin County, I live in Napa, fun to find someone close by! Jen

Bee said...

Love those vintage fabrics! Thanks for sharing some of your finds from the show:)

Christina J. said...

The fabric you got is really pretty. That looks like a pretty big to do list!

Amy Herbst said...

Hey, this time YOU were down my way (San Jose)! I can't believe you drove down on Friday either (it was pretty miserable here). I love the 'American Jane' fabrics. You are going to have fun with those! The quilt on the last page of that pdf is GORGEOUS! :)

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Oh, you just needed me at that quilt fair with you--and we would have had fun! lol I love the Celebrate Spring line, I've been drooling over that one too. Oh and the Dick and Jane stuff too.

I'm excited that you will make something for yourself! Yeah, make sure to show us what you make.

Wow--you are selling a lot of quilts at the market--that is exciting! Good for you!

Smiles, Karen

Junie Moon said...

The fabrics you bought look very promising. And I do indeed wish you luck on your project list.

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

LOL ... yep, there were way too many little gray-haired ladies at the show. The few guys I saw were accompanying their wives, holding the purses. I agree, the retailers didn't have too many new items from last year. But still nice to see some great quilts. Looks like you'll have some fun with the vintage children's fabric. :-)