In my last post, I shared some of the beautiful quilts at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, but to be honest, half the fun of going to a quilt show is visiting the vendors! I can remember the first few times I went, I was overwhelmed by the booths and had far too many impulse buys. Now I generally go armed with a list and a budget. I'll spend the first day looking for the items on my list and other things I'm interested in and on the second day, I'll make my purchases. Usually several vendors sell the same items and by not buying at the first one, I give myself time to find the best price! (Doesn't that make me sound kind of boring and frugal?)
My big shopping list items this year (like last year) were thread and quilting rulers, but I also knew I needed a 1/2" grid stencil to help with quilting things like Diane-shiko. However, I also found some great Halloween stencils that could come in very handy quilting my Baltimore Halloween quilt. I don't know if I'll use them all, but they should be a good jumping off point. (I'm determined to finish that quilt in time for Halloween this year!) It was hard to get a clear picture of them, but there are pumpkins, ghosts, witches, spiders, spider webs and leaves.
|New Quilting Stencils|
|My Baltimore Halloween Quilt Top|
|Stuff from the Superior Threads booth|
|New Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Ruler|
|The rest of my haul|
It really was a lot of walking around and looking at all the vendors. There were some unusual ones there as well - a couple for knitters and several selling beads and charms. I think the ones that are the most interesting to me though are those selling things I can't buy locally. All in all, it was another great trip and one I hope to repeat next year!
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.”
Luke 6:32 (NIV)