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Blend Fabrics – YUM!

In April I attended the International Quilt Festival  in Cincinnati.  This event is held two other times each year in different parts of the country – Long Beach, CA and Houston, TX.  It’s 4 days of exhibits, classes and of course, shopping. 

Today I want to share with you one of my “finds” from the event.  It’s a new fabric company called Blend Fabrics.  It is the most YUMMY fabric!  Their booth was packed with customers.  They featured an adorable quilt made from a fairy panel that sold out so fast that they were taking orders for the kits.  Here’s a sample of the fabric I bought.

Lately, I have been so loving all the grey and yellow fabric collections that have been coming out.  Not sure what I will do with these …… like I ever do when I buy fabric???? 

The company has also partnered with Anna Griffith and were featuring her bags and accessories at the booth.  I, of course asked, “where’s the laminated fabrics these are made of?”  They said they might start doing yardage of them.  I guess I will have to keep checking the website. 

Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing more of my experiences at the Quilt Festival with you on upcoming posts.

International Quilt Festival Chicago

 Just back from the International Quilt Festival that was held in Chicago this weekend.  What a wonderful event!  If you didn’t get a chance to go check out the virtual tour on their website http://www.quilts.com.  There were over 425 vendors, classes and exhibits to put you into creative overload.  You also left with a well used credit card and a lighter wallet.

This spring event has been held in Chicago for the past 8 years, but next year will move to Cincinnati.  The reasons given for the change was better parking, more food and hotel options and less traffic.  I couldn’t believe the traffic!  It’s noon and we are at a dead stop going through Chicago on a Thursday.  I didn’t think it could be worse, but it was when we got back on the highway at 3:00PM.  The fall event will remain in Houston and supposedly is even bigger than this event.  I can’t even imagine!

So over the next week or so I will be doing mini reviews and thoughts on the things I bought, saw and visited while I was there.  We’ll call them the Chicago Adventure.

Why is it……..

Why is it that you see a great idea or project in a magazine then you can never find the fabrics they used?  I’ve been a little slow in the creative process lately, so I was looking through some new magazines and saw  two cool dying projects in the latest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery & Textile Design.

The first project’s directions talked about using one type of fabric, but didn’t have it listed in the supply list.  That’s confusing.  The second project listed a fabric I was not familiar with, so I contacted the project’s designer.  She said she had no idea where I could get it since it was sent to her by the magazine’s editor.  How frustrating!

This is not the first time I have had this problem in trying to do a project from a major publication.  You would think they would one, list sources for the materials need  and two, make sure the directions are right.  Don’t even get me started on directions that are published and have errors.

I know I haven’t posted much this past month.  I’ve been a little blocked creatively and just puttering around with sewing odds and ends.  I leave next week for the International Quilt Festival in Chicago, so I know I’ll come back with a head full of ideas and an empty wallet.