Sunday, August 17, 2014

Recent Purchases

Here's a few of my purchases from my recent quilt shop treks.
  • I couldn't resist getting  more variegated greens for making lots of foliage on organza.
  • I have a project in mind for the stripes and dots.
  • Wool roving called out to me. It's hard to tell, but the various colours are wonderful!
  • Who can't resist metallic cottons.
  • More threads but this time for the embroidery machines.
The photo needs to be rotated but my internet connection is slow!! I won't tamper with it. With my luck, I'd lose all the photos and have to start from scratch. Ask me how I know that!!!


Saturday, August 16, 2014


I knit my way to Chicago and finished this sweater while there. It's sized 4T. The yarn was easy to knit up. The pattern is SRK 74 Bobble & Lace Trim Pullover using Marble yarn.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stuff Happens!

I just realized that I posted the last two posts about the Bristol Renaissance Faire in the wrong order! Oh, well . . .! What can I say! Stuff happens. We just got back from Chicago after saying our good byes to family for another year.  We leave for points east tomorrow. Hoping to spend the weekend in Toronto.

Bristol Renaissance Faire

This is the second year that I've attended the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Michigan. It was a very hot, sunny day. Many of the vendors and food stalls were the same as before but there were some new ones.
I was amazed at the different coloured leather skins that were available at a stall I didn't see last year. Anyone working with leather certainly had their pick of colours as well as natural coloured ones.

I loved the miniature fairy village (it wasn't there last year either). The photos don't do justice to the details on the pieces. Speaking of fairies, I got photos of three fairies this year. My little granddaughter was smitten by them. She's the little rag-a-muffin pictured below.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

More Photos

Here are a few more photos from the Bristol Renaissance Faire. There were embroiderers stitching at various stations during the faire. The various costumes been worn and those on display, were heavily embroidered as well.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

More Photos from Quilters Quest

As promised, here are a few more photos from Quilters Quest, IL. The long arm machine was in operation while I was there. I had a nice chat with Long-Arm Bob. He told me there are about 57 more quilts waiting to be stitched on this machine.

I was interested in the African Folk Art Embroidery but most of the patterns were sold. I just loved the two pictured below. They are available directly from the site above.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Quilters Quest

Quilters Quest is a fairly new shop located in Woodridge, IL. Even though it is listed in this summer's shop hop, I didn't realize it was en route to our Chicago destination each day. It was quite by accident that I discovered this. It is adjacent to a very large tool shop - how convenient is that! The shop also has a husband lounge area with a large screen TV (for those men not interested in tools).

As I opened the door to this wonderful quilt store, I was greeted by the owner. I introduced myself, told her about my blog. She gave me permission to take as many photos as I wanted, including all the wonderful quilts hanging all around the walls and shelves.

There was a Moda sale so lots of quilters were taking advantage of this event. I took my time looking around at all the wonderful fabrics, notions, threads and patterns (the tool shop was next door so I had lots of time)!!

Have a look at the shop:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Shopping Trips!

I revisited several shops from my travels last summer, as they are in the area of Leisure Lake Resort where we are staying. Again, I managed to make a few purchases in each store!! Who can't resist a new book or fabrics. Check out last years posts for photos. I will also be posting photos of my latest purchases soon.

I made two visit to Thimbles. On the first trip there, I didn't pay attention to the days of operation! It was closed.

Robert's Sewing Centre

The Sewing Center

I also visited Quilters Quest which is next door to a large tool shop! Yah!! More on this shop later. I have photos to share when they are loaded onto this tablet.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Part 2: Pine Needles Sewing Centre

I have a few more photos to share of Pine Needles Sewing Centre, Cedar Rapids. Most of my photos are of the many fabrics on display. Look closely and you will see lots of quilted pieces. There were so many people looking at the sewing machines that I did not get photos of that area. One thing I did notice however, was that every machine was set up and ready to use. It was a very well lit and spacious space.