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A couple weeks ago, I had a message on Facebook from a friend from my hometown. She wanted to know if I ever sold my quilts. Since I’d still like to enter “Whole Lotta” in a show this summer, I need to keep my “amateur” status. Selling your work puts you in the “Master” category, and I’m not anywhere close to a Master quilter. Anyway, I told her I would be happy to gift her a quilt that I would make her from fabric in my stash. Luckily, for both of us, she had no color preferences and wasn’t looking for anything specific as far as a pattern. She just wants something to curl up with on the couch. We had a sew-in that same weekend and I remembered seeing the tutorial for the oversize shoo-fly block quilt at Sew Mama, Sew . Four easy 35 inch blocks…top completed in 1 afternoon. Yay! Now, it just needs to be sandwiched and quilted.

In person, it’s much cuter. The colors just seem a little off here.

In other fabric news…The Quilter’s Workshop issued a challenge. We’ve been making Kanzashi flowers at the shop and the link takes you to all the entries. I made entry #2, #4, and #5. I’m especially pleased with my Kanzashi topiary. Here’s the picture from the store’s website.

There are about 35 flowers, a couple of bees, and a dragonfly…it’s very bright and cute! Can’t wait to get it back home.

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This is the tsumami kanzashi headband I made last week…fabric is by Art Gallery.


I actually finished the table topper I made back in October to do a free motion quilting demo. The pattern is from Heather Mulder (Anka’s Treasures)…her Livin’ Large book.

Heather appliqued flowers in the 4 corners of her table topper. The look didn’t fit my more modern fabric choice, so I free-motioned in the corners, instead.

It has Felicity’s approval.

I also chose some fabric for the Ogee QAL at Pickle Dish. I’m waaaaay behind :-).

I think the “Holiday Flourish” line by Peggy Toole for Robert Kauffman is going to be spectacular in this quilt!

And, this little guy was a little jealous of our last Girls’ Night Out…

I know. It’s been WEEKS since Market. And, I’m just getting around to posting my pictures and thoughts.

Salt Lake City was lovely. We were on the 7th floor of the Hyatt and woke up to a gorgeous view of the mountains every morning. Thursday night was Sample Spree. What an experience!

This was the line when Diana and I got there. We easily walked a full city block from this point, just to get to the door of the room that Spree was in! It was almost frightening! Hordes of people trying to get the newest and greatest things. I went to the Moda “table” first. The crowd was at least 4 deep all the way around. I saw a lovely bundle of Kate Spain’s “Terrain” go by. That was as close as I got to it. By the time I was able to get close to the table, all the “Terrain” was gone.

I did manage to spend my meager Spree budgeted dollars, though.

The Eiffel Tower quilt pattern (Metropolitan Quilts) and fat quarter assortment of batiks from Anthology were Spree buys. The Quilter’s Tools combo pack was a surprise from Diana!

I also got a 1/2 yard pack of “Color Splash” from Art Gallery Fabrics and a fat quarter pack of “Dandelion Dreams” from Maywood Studio.

Friday and Saturday mornings we took classes before the Market floor opened. I learned about Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) from Lesley Riley and Thread Play with Liz Kettle. Both classes were fun and educational.

What and who else did we see and do? We had a really nice conversation with thread painter Terry White. Totally enjoyed meeting her!

We met Amy Butler.

Tula Pink

Anna Maria Horner

Valori Wells

but, not Ty Pennington

All of them were super nice. Well, except for not Ty Pennington. He was fairly quiet.

We had a grand time doing make and takes at the Brewer booth. And, we especially enjoyed Imaginisce’s I-Rock tools and came home with Quilt Show “bling”.

(That’s my pudgy hand on the left 🙂 )

I also came home with a new strip kit from Shannon. I’m working on making it into a large one block log cabin. Here is the sample quilt from the Shannon booth.

I also picked up a couple of patterns from Don’t Look Now, a designer of applique patterns who hails from Australia. Her work is beautiful. And, a bracelet pattern and a Halloween quilt pattern from Crabapple Hill.

We did a LOT of walking around downtown each night at dinner time. There are a ton of restaurants to choose from. We were just directionally and maply challenged. However, SLC was walker friendly.

They even provided orange flags at crosswalks to help make one more visible to drivers.

Monday before we went to the airport, we had time to walk down to Temple Square. They have beautiful flowers EVERYwhere!

And, the view from the 26th floor of the church office building was fabulous!

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