Expo Goodies

What goodies await . . .

Sew Expo Bag

I did buy a few things while I was at Expo.

First, I should explain that I did not buy fabric and didn’t plan to buy any unless I saw some really cool fat quarters at good prices.  The reason I didn’t plan to buy fabric is that I just bought a few several fabric bundles from Fabric Mart as well as a good chunk of knit, wool, denim, and pleather from Fabric Mart and Girl Charlee (more about that later, maybe!).  So I didn’t want to bring more fabric home but I figured that there would be other supplies and notions I wanted or needed that I would find there.

It didn’t disappoint.  Here’s my stash:

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Sew Expo Purchases

When I see this picture, it doesn’t look like much but it was really ALL that I wanted to buy after making three rounds through the vendors.  There is a bag pattern with accessories missing from this picture but other than a Japanese fabric that I really should have gotten, there was nothing else that appealed to me although I had a great time looking.  I did add an Amy Barickman book to my Amazon list based on a fashion show of her patterns that I got to see.

So what did I buy?  A pattern notcher, tweezers, oiler, mini iron, stabilizer, a French curve, and a purse pattern with accessories that’s already on my sewing table.

It was nice bringing money home and I did end up buying some fat quarters and a charm pack when I got back home!

Sewing & Quilt Expo, Atlanta

I had the privilege of going to the the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Atlanta this past weekend.  I can’t compare it to any of the other expos from the past or the ones in other cities but this one was a lot like I expected – a nice quilt exhibit and a lot of shopping.  It did not disappoint. I have to qualify that by saying that I was only going for a day (Saturday) and I had purposely decided not to take any classes.  This is because the weekend was also a getaway weekend for my husband and me and while I was going to get a nice sewing/quilting fix, I really didn’t want to spend too much time away from him.

Still I have to say it was fun and inspiring.  There were a few small galleries in the quilt exhibit area.  There was an especially nice gallery featuring a modern take on double wedding ring quilts that made me want to go home and cut up some jeans and make the second-coolest double wedding ring quilt ever (the coolest one was on display).  Here’s a close-up of one of the blocks:

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This is the entire quilt:

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Here’s another modern take on the beloved double wedding ring:

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And here is a close-up:

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There was another gallery that featured old/antique, unfinished quilt tops that had been quilted by modern (that is current) quilters.  Here’s my favorite:

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Yes, I was originally attracted to the orange and white but look at the quilting, FANTASTIC!

Here’s another favorite from that group

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and again, close up

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I could have studied the quilting on just these two for hours but I settled for taking a ton of pictures, trying to get as close as possible to get some ideas for free-motion quilting on my own quilts.  I also did some shopping, which I will share in another post.  I’ll probably share some more pictures in later posts as well because I got a LOT of ’em.