hat fun to have a week with lots of sewing and art! Not necessarily in chronological order:
I got to attend the Quilt, Craft, Sewing and Needle-Art Supply Show in nearby Roseville last Thursday and in real life met a Facebook friend – Kari Kurley, a BERNINA Rep. Among many other things, Kari heads up a private BERNINA Yahoo group that I belong to. I get to learn about all things BERNINA through the questions and posts. Kari wrote that she was going to be at the show and I was hoping to meet her while there. She was working the BERNINA booth and easy to find so we had a great chat. We could be good friends if we just lived closer to each other.
And I was pleasantly surprised to run into Adele Merrell in the Chalk Couture booth! Adele and I met each other on the set of The Quilt Show when I taped my segment. She is a talent and great businesswoman. It’s so cool to meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a long time.
It was a small show but I did find some interesting products….’cause I never have enough notions!
I used to carry Lumnitask lights in my traveling shop but ran into a supply issue a few years back. I was so happy to see them I almost hugged Kelly, the CEO running the booth! These are great add-on lights, the best on the market that I know of. They are mico-lights, not strip lights and you put them right. where. you. need them; you don’t need a strip, just the tiny bright light. The model shown above is a 2 light model. Their light is vivid and natural with no glare. I use them on my old machines that don’t have great light.
They also have a Micro light for those odd dark areas that need light. It recharges so never needs batteries, no cord! I put one in this dark landing area near the exit to the garage.
I’ll soon be carrying both of these lights in my store.
Another new-to-me product – Tailor Made Tables, makers of custom sewing extension tables. Right now their site is being renovated so no photos available. They appear to be better made tables than the ones most of us have: built in handle (my awkwardly balanced Sew Steady is hard to carry), additional foot along the front, made in the US (Arizona). He said they have them in stock so you don’t have to wait for yours to be made to order. I don’t have one so I can’t personally attest, but this looks like a very good product.
We had our regional Studio Art Quilt Associates meeting in person for the first time in 18 months. It was wonderful to connect again! And of course, the Show ‘n Tell did not disappoint:
Jan Soules is heading in a new direction and she showed this amazing quilt which began in a class with Sheila Frampton Cooper.
Linda Waddle is always moving forward, pushing the envelope. She is marbling now and used a wide variety of techniques for this piece, including marbling.
We met at the Blue Line Art Gallery at which the Membership Medley was showing (art by gallery members). I found some interesting work:
And, I took a class:
Okay, okay, I’m not much of a bag maker. I took a fabulous class with Sarah Ann Smith with Mancuso’s World Quilt Show Online. It was a super fun class: the Easy Peasy Inside Out Bag and it was easy peasy. Don’t judge the class on my sample! I wanted a bag that was juuuuuust big enough to hold all my cords for my tech gear when I teach in person:
Lookie dat! Wide mouth, easy to see what’s inside and the perfect size! Sarah showed many variations on this and it gave me some great ideas. There was an abundance of opportunities to embellish this but I was focused on getting one bag DONE, then I could make my next one much more interesting and finessed. I love this bag!
And one last thing – I made this prayer flag for Pokey Bolton’s recent wedding early in June. It was a secret project so I could not post until now.
Whew, what a week!
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