It’s been a busy weekend and I’m working on finishing several projects I’ve had on the back burner. I’m doing class previews and decided to teach a new class that I think a lot of people will love – the Midi Bag class! I already have one sample done for the store but I wanted to make a second one with a different handle and pocket style to show people they have options. I cut into a Terrain by Kate Spain jelly roll I had collecting dust on my shelf.
I like these pockets better than the ones suggested in the pattern and the grommets were super fun to do. I’d never attempted putting grommets on anything before. Really easy and fun! Also used my automatic buttonhole maker on my machine for the first time. That was an adventure. Works better than the one that came with my Viking.
The corgis had fun on Easter. I managed to get a few of them into bunny ears.
On Saturday I drove all over the place and met a longtime blog reader and podcast listener down at Rainbows End – the largest quilt shop in Florida. It was my first time there. I’ve been in what I thought were large quilt shops but this place just didn’t quit. Lori’s mom asked one of the workers how many bolts they had and they said over 28,000 bolts of fabric. I believed it! They have a batik section in the back, a novelty print section with all sorts of novelties (tons of owls, sewing and dragonflies – I had to stop myself from spending a ton of money on novelty fabrics which I love). They had a small overdyed wool section. A decent clearance section with fabric for $6 a yard (this is mostly what I stuck with). Great neutrals and solids section. An entire ROOM filled with Christmas fabric – I’ve never seen so much Christmas fabric in my life. There was also a wall in that room that had other holiday prints and a Halloween corner. A wall of books and notions rounded out the shop. The only thing missing was Aurifil thread. They have everything but Aurifil – I thought it was strange!
Afterwards we headed to downtown Dunedin to get some brunch. We ended up parking near this little cafe and eating outside. The food was WONDERFUL and we got to enjoy the weather and watch all the pups walk by with their owners since there was an event going on nearby. Lori and her mom were awesome and I loved chatting with them! Her mom is a longtime quilter too so we had lots to talk about.
The rest of my weekend was spent trying to finish projects. I finally picked out all the bad quilting from the Riley Blake panel and re-quilted the border. It is trimmed and ready for binding/labeling. Also trimmed up a corgi wallhanging that I’ll be listing on Etsy. I’ve got a few things I need to photograph and list (several sewing machine mats) and I may make a few owl keyfobs and see how they do.
Busy week ahead and it’s only Tuesday. Oh here are the fabrics I ended up purchasing:
I think I’m going to use the text prints for my Lucky Stars BOM background fabric.