No, you can't go to a quilt show without buying something. I don't need fabric. In fact, I tell myself I am on a fabric diet, but if you turned in your ballot at the show, you got something off the door prize table. So I picked up a fat quarter bundle for Christmas.
Yes....it's going into the stash, but at least I didn't have to pay for it.
What I did buy was this reading light that I thought might work wonders when I am stitching in the evening. Ya know....these old eyes just aren't what they used to be.
It hangs around the neck and the lights are LED. I am hoping to appease my DH by not having every light in the house on so that I can see at night to stitch. We'll see how this works. I will let you know. If for nothing else, I can use it for reading.
Then there was this intriguing pattern with all the hardware in it. It's a collapsible .....whatever you want it for.....threads and snippets garbage can, tool holder, notions holder, etc., etc. All you needed to add was a fat quarter and some iron on pellon for the inside. I bought the small one, but it comes in other sizes.
Well, I couldn't wait. I found some fabric in the stash and since it said it would only take an hour, I thought I would whip it together.
Well, I don't know if it took an hour or not as DH (who is soon to be retired and this could become a problem in the future) wanted me to go to Walmart's with him. So, I dropped the project in the middle and came back to it an hour or two later. Anyways, I can see getting quicker and quicker at it. It really was simple.
Here it is all complete.
What's nice about it for traveling, the pop-up wire inside collapses and you can close it up for packing it up. There is an elastic loop that wraps around it and keeps it pretty flat.
I can see making more of these. You can find them at
One other thing landed in my shopping bag, too.
I tried to resist as they are really pricey, but since I won Best of Show, I made a last minute decision to treat myself; and I do mean last minute as they were already packing up their booth! If you have ever tried DOVO scissors, you will know what I mean. I have this thing for scissors anyways, but these were just adorable and they cut just sooooo fine!!! They make me smile just thinking about them.
Well, that's it for me. I am sure if this were a bigger show that my purchases would have been a whole lot more, but I am happy with what I came home with. Even got a quick fix on making the little pop-up container, so that was a plus.
First retreat is coming up, so hope to get a lot accomplished at it and have lots to share with you, too.
Have a great week!