that's the word that I typically use when I'm not blown away by something but I enjoyed the experience. And I guess that's probably the perfect word for my experience at Quilt Market. There were plenty of lovely things to look at. Lots of classic and traditional quilts and fabrics which are nice to look at and I have an appreciation for. There were bits and pieces of really fun contemporary "modern" quilts and fabrics that I truly enjoyed and felt inspired by. But unlike CHA where I knew exactly where I'd find the stuff I'd LOVE to look at and buy, Quilt Market is still very much a mix of the traditional and modern in the same pot and so you have to pay attention and you can't just assume that there's nothing that you'd like in any particular spot because most of the big companies have a veritable smorgasbord of designers and there are probably at least a couple in there that you'll enjoy. I'm not sure I'd want to have to fill a quilt store with things to appeal to a variety of quilters. I always felt the same way about a scrapbook store. I have a hard time buying things that I don't like and I know you have to buy a mix when you need to appeal to the masses. I think that's why I enjoyed It Kit so much. It was all about what I liked. I was pretty unapologetic about it. If I didn't like it and I wouldn't want to use it, it didn't go into It Kit. :) Vain? Probably. But that's ok. I wanted it to be fun. And for me, fun meant it needed to be things I loved. I feel pretty much the same about quilting. I have a respect for the traditional and the classic. I just don't want to make those things. That's ok. I'm sure there are plenty of traditional quilters who can see the beauty in the modern stuff that I love. Tami and I had a great time. We travel well together. I'm glad I went. I wasn't in "awe" like I was at my first CHA. But that's ok. I loved a LOT of it and enjoyed MOST of it. And I DID get to go to Ikea. That's always good. I came home with some very large bags of Ikea goodness and I'm looking forward to playing with the fun stuff over the next few weeks. I probably won't get to do too much of that this week though. Road America is coming up this weekend and I've got two very excited guys in this house who can't wait to get out and do a little "stupid fast" driving. ;) Should be fun. Except for the drive up there. That part is NEVER fun...
Yep. 800 posts in just over 5 years. Which means I come here pretty often to "spill it". It's weird- this whole blog/internet thing. It's amazing the things you can find and the people you can meet and the whole "other" part of life that it opens. This week Tami and I are going to hop up to Minnesota and visit the Quilt Market show and Ikea and a few other haunts that we've been wanting to visit. I'm going to investigate a bit and see if all those people are as crazy as the scrapbooker people who go to CHA. It'll be fun to see a part of the crafting world from a different perspective. I'm looking forward to the voyeuristic part of it all. Being an observer and not a true participant has it's advantages, doesn't it? I'll be back next week with pictures and observations from our adventure. I can't wait to tell you all about it. In the mean time, I think I'll head into Omaha and have a bagel with my favorite people- most of whom I came to know via this box and keyboard. See, the internet really IS a wonderful thing! :) Happy Wednesday to you!!!
that you're going to want to do this. I know I do. I know I will. Miss Tula Pink herself made and donated the most amazing quilt to Becca's JDRF fundraiser and you have the chance to buy raffle tickets to win it! :) The quilt is made from the Neptune line of fabric that Jen (Tula Pink) designed for Moda. It's about 5' x 6' and it's absolutely stunning. The colors will work in a LOT of decorating schemes- there's navy and lighter blue, the perfect shade of green, corals and pinks. It's perfection. It even has the coolest label on it!
Tickets can be purchased through Becca's Paypal account by clicking the button below. You can have one chance for only $5.00. For $25, you'll get SIX tickets and for $100 you'll end up with TWENTY FIVE tickets! (that's only $4 a ticket!) To top it all off the Neptune fabrics are getting very limited. (I should know, I've been desperately trying to get a collection together for Katie who is in LOVE with this line!) This is an incredible opportunity to own a little bit of Tula Pink's creativeness AND help out such an incredibly worthy cause.
JUST USE THE BUTTON BELOW TO PURCHASE YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS! :)
Winner will be drawn by the lovely Tula Pink herself at the June 2010 KC Modern Quilt Guild meeting!