Monday, July 2

In search of wooly stuff at the Minnesota Quilters show..........

I had a mission when I was at the Minnesota Quilter's Show. As much as I loved looking at the quilts and seeing all the beautiful fabrics and patterns..........my mission was to find wool and threads and anything related to wool. Was I successful?!  Indeed I was! I was thrilled to know that Primitive*Gatherings*Quilt*Shop had a booth at the show.............
A couple of years ago, a friend sent me a "thank you" gift of one of their patterns. It's still on my "to do" list but I love the little penny mat. I wanted to see more of what they offered. I asked permission to take the photo above that gives you a peek at some of what I found inside. What you can't see, is the lovely bundles of wool. This was another booth where I could have spent a lot of money if I had a lot of money to spend!  Will tell you what I did buy in a few minutes. If you are in the mood for lots of wooly stuff, just click on the link above and you can visit their shop!
Friends who had visited the show on it's first day, had told me that I would find good booths for wool stuff.  They were so right. After Primitive Gatherings, I found Sew*Cherished.
There were lots of lovely wool projects and supplies in this booth as you can see in the photo above. There were also some really lovely crazy quilting pieces done in wools. I was intrigued by owner, Dawn's demonstration of a product that anyone who does crazy quilting would love. She offers a variety of basic crazy quilting stitches on a pre-printed sheets that you can stitch on and then they are water soluble for easy removal. I did not explain that well at all but.......
if you go here you will find the product. It allows beginners to advanced stitchers the perfect way to make perfect stitches!  Just like the ones Dawn stitched in this sampler below......
A kit for the design show above is available here.

And the third booth full of wooly goodies was ............ Shades*of*the*Past. And in the photo below, that's owner Darci on the right and her daughter, Lacey, on the left.
I really enjoyed visiting with them as we had some "common ground". Their shop is located not too far away in Clara City, MN. I've never been there but I used to send lots of mail there when I was our church secretary. That's where lots of denominational meetings were held so I was familiar with the name but had no idea there was such a cute quilt shop there!  They had lots of lovely patterns and wool, too. And they introduced to me to Valdani Perle Cotton. Oh, how I loved the colors! So did I buy any?
 
Why yes, I did! In fact, here are the goodies that I brought home from the show.............
There are seven lovely balls of Valdani thread from Shades*of*the*Past, and from Primitive*Gatherings*Quilt*Shop there is a red bundle and a green bundle of wools that are perfect for some penny rug projects. While I didn't buy anything at Sew*Cherished, I am thinking I may order her ornament*pattern. They were lovely and would make really special gifts. Yes, I was "sew" happy to have "mission accomplished" and to have found lots of wool, threads and other wooly stuff. I came home smiling........really big.
I realize that as hot as it is here in the midwest and much of the U.S. that working with wool might be the last thing on your mind but summer is short here in Minnesota. In just two short months, the crisp air of fall will arrive on our doorsteps and working with wool will be quite welcome!  Just the thought of those cool fall breezes is enough to get me through this week of heat. Well, that and the air-conditioning. :-)
Have a good Monday!
Sandi

3 comments:

Me and My Stitches said...

Love your wooly finds! I'm stitching on a wool projet too - staying in the air conditioning!

Beth said...

I really love Primitive Gathering. Last time they were at a show I attended, I did some damage on the plastic. ;) I just can't resist that wool. I have to check out that wash away stuff for crazy quilting. (Maybe that kit too).
Thanks for sharing.

Bud and Marsha said...

I have not worked much with wool, though I love every wool project I've ever seen. I have a Christmas wall-hanging project ready to go, wool on cotton. I'm lucky right now to be near Dorr's Mills which has TONS of wool. Love the ornament pattern;thanks for sharing that link.

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