I started out this morning about 8:15 for the 2 hour drive to Bloomington. Had to stop by the Deputy grocery store to pick up a few snacks and a bottle of water. You really have to go prepared! Sure didnt' want to have to stop looking and shopping to get a little refreshment! Plus I thought Jan would be pushed for time so I made sure she had a snack also. When I ran into the store to pick up snacks I was stopped by some really cute little girls selling Girl Scout cookies. Since I never run into a girl scout to preorder those tasty treats, I needed to pick some up when I got the chance. Plus a box of those in the right tote bag can come in handy when a little sugar pick me up is needed.
I finally got to Seymour to meet Jan at just a little after 9. We timed it perfectly and was able to start our adventure without delay. We made it to Bloomington about 10:20 and were eager to start our day. Stopped and paid our admission and got the usual hand stamp. What I had forgotten to do was give a quick call to our friend Ellen to let her know we were there (Ellen lives in Bloomington). I remembered shortly after our stroll through the quilt show entries. She was only about 10 steps away from me when I called so we were able to meet up with her in seconds. We chose to wait on shopping until after our trip through the quilts. There were lots of great quilts to see! Then we just couldn't pass up all those vendors, now could we!
Here are photos of the items I purchased this year.
A couple of books that sounded interesting! The Color Shuffle book is filled with some great patterns. The Sashiko book looked like a great book for a beginner like me!
A couple of patterns that I thought would be interesting.
Some 1/2 yard cuts of fabric. Aren't they pretty colors!
Last but now least a freebie that I picked up. I even test drove the Gammill machine! It was absolutely wonderful! Brought these items home to lay conveniently on the dining room table for the DH to see. Hint! Hint!
We left the quilt show about 2:30 and made a quick trip to take Ellen home and see some of the fabulous projects she has going. Seen some of her paintings and they were AWESOME! Then we headed over to the Mathers Museum to check out a small quilt exhibit featuring Linda Gray's work. Wish I had gotten her permission to get some photos of her work. Excellent stuff!
I can never go to Bloomington without making a stop at a great quilt shop called Shiisa Quilts. Janet always has some fabulous fabrics to fondle. It is one of those shops that make you feel at home when you are there. If you love COLOR, then you will love Shiisa! Check out her website and you will see what I mean!
Thought I would share with you what I purchase at Shiisa today.
Some great fabric!
A pattern called Lollipops! Sorry about the flash!
Some Applique Glue and Straw Needles. Which can only mean one thing--I am going to try that hand A word! lol
Jan and I finally stopped and ate in Bedford at the Subway. I got home about 6:30 this evening and I was so tired but reenergized quilt wise. I really needed that! Tomorrow is a day that I plan to get quite a bit of sewing done. I need to get 2 bindings done and some UFO's started again.
That was our busy day! Hope you enjoyed your day as much as I did!