We’re back from Fall Quilt Market and Quilt Festival

and most of my catch-up work is complete, whew!!!

What a busy, tiring and fun trip.

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It took most of our kitchen to hold all the “stuff” that I packed into the van…

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Everything was labeled & packed tight for the 15 hour drive.

Nothing worse than listening to things rattle for hours on end.

Ask me how I know!

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My super booth helpers (market slaves), Robin (Nestlings by Robin)

& Chloe & I had the booth set up in no time!

That’s a bit of an exaggeration.

It did finally get set up Friday evening after

a schoolhouse session with Pepper Cory &   Studio e Fabrics & her Designer RSVP Blocks that

Robin & I participated in, making blocks with her Peppered Cottons:

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Yes, Robin the overachiever made 2!

Then, 2 Schoolhouse sessions showing my new Tiny & Mini Dresden plate book & patterns,

and then the C&T Schoolhouse session introducing the

13 new quilts from Dresden Quilt Workshop:

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Then there were book signings introducing Dresden Quilt Workshop.

A couple of mornings before market opened,

we walked part of the show to see what else came to Houston besides Suzn Quilts.

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Here’s a look at my fav… Jo Morton’s newest line, New Hope, yum!

I’m pretty sure Jo designed this collection just for me 😉

(Spoiler alert—-You’ll be seeing a lot more of this collection!)

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Betsy Chutchian’s new collection was very pretty.

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French General’s new collection was lovely too.

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Lella Boutique also very pretty.

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Tim Holtz, always super cool!

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Jen Kingwell, WOW!

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Her newest collection, more yum!!!

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Oh, & a new book…

a little close-up in case you’re not sure what I’m pointing at, lol!

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Then there was Festival!

That will have to wait for another day.

Until then,

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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We traveled to Pigeon Forge, TN last week for a much anticipated summer vacation.

We love going there!

Dollywood, white water rafting, outlet mall shopping, lots of good restaurants & tourist shops & this year plenty of antique shopping & a trip to The Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC!

Early in the week I spotted an old quilt with lots of feedsack prints in an antique mall.

They closed at 5:00 and we showed up at 4:50, but the woman offered we could shop since there was another couple already shopping so we took a quick look around.

Whoever made the quilt had done a nice job & the quilt was most likely not used but had been washed (probably by whomever had it for sale).

I wasn’t crazy about the binding on the quilt so I didn’t buy it.

The rest of the week I couldn’t stop thinking about the quilt,

so Friday, Chloe & I ventured back to the shop to see if it was still there.

It was still there and so I bought it!

If you didn’t look closely, it was perfect.

But alas, I’m a quilter so some things are blatantly obvious even from a distance…

This binding was horrid & not original to the quilt!

So while sitting on our back porch with this wonderful view, I set to work removing the ugliness from my quilt.

Fortunately I had a small pair of scissors along with me in my hexagon go-bag.

I had made a couple of these in some down time on our trip.

In less than 2 hours all signs of ugliness were history!

On our drive home we stopped at one more antique mall and I found the perfect replacement binding fabric from the same era as the fabrics in the quilt.

It was even on sale!

No comparison…

With the removal of the binding, the smallish size of the quilt and the odd binding made a lot more sense.

You don’t see many quilts of this era that aren’t bed size

unless its’a baby or doll quilt & this is a bit smaller than twin.

I knew there had to be a story.

There ALWAYS is.

Look how the unbound edge of the quilt is so ragged.

Someone took scissors to it.

I don’t know if a dog got hold of it or something else tore into it.

In two places the edge of the quilt had bites out of it that would not be covered by typical binding.

Instead of putting a wide binding on it like the previous “quilt preservationist” did,

 I went to my feedsack stash & pulled out a piece that would work OK and appliqued little patches in those two areas.

It’s by far not a perfect (or even a really close) match but after I had them on,

I couldn’t tell where I had put the patches because all of the fabrics are so busy;

the reason I was drawn to the quilt in the first place.

I straightened the edges of the quilt & sewed on the new binding that I had made.

As I was photographing it I noticed this cutie patootie print.

How cute is that Jack-in-the-box?

Now I love it just the way it is.

I can’t wait to look at every patch of fabric in it

& when I do I’ll look at it I smile instead of wanting to rip the binding off!

What are you doing this summer?

I hope it’s a fun time.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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I think you’ll agree, Snowfall is beautiful!

Of course I’m talking about a new fabric line

not the stuff that comes with cold weather

like what we had a taste of last week,

along with two nearly 70 degree days.

Much to Nemo’s dismay it was so nice I gave him a bath one of those days!

But nope, I’m talking about the new Snowfall fabric line.

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This is Minick & Simpson’s new Christmas line by Moda.

It is scheduled to be delivered to quilt shops near you in April.

It will be here before we know it.

Goodness, it’s Valentine’s Day already tomorrow.

Where does the time go?

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I love these ladies and their beautiful fabrics!

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This line has cute little prints in my favorite Christmas colors.

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I’m pretty sure they designed it just for me 😉

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They’ll make perfect little Dresden plates don’t you think?

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It has some gorgeous woven plaids too.

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I’ve been harboring these beauties since December!

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The iron however, I just bought over the weekend.

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Isn’t it adorable???

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& it looks so cute with Snowfall don’t you think?

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I need to stop procrastinating

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but I hardly know where to start.

The first cut it always the hardest!

I don’t want to waste a single snippet.

I hope your day looks just as bright!

Just keep sewing…

Susan