At the retreat there was a vendor area and we had plenty of time to look at fabric and supplies. I was being very careful with expenditures or I would have found lots to bring home.
Lynette, a sweet girl from my "Leafy Treetop" class has opened a brand new shop just north of St. George, Utah in the little town of Hurricane. It is called Main Street Quilt Cottage. Lynette and her crew gave all the retreat participants "SWAG" in the form of a red pen and home made lip balm. I think of Lynette every time I use them. Her shop in Hurricane is about 5 hours south of where I live so I haven't visited yet, but I'd like go soon.
I did buy a few little fat quarters from Lynette's shop. I do like me some Sunbonnet Sue (Flora avert your eyes) and there were 3 prints in sweet colorways that I brought home with me. They are on my cutting table where I can admire them a few more days before placing them in their new home on my shelf.
I love strawberries too, and these two little fat quarters were in lovely colors so they joined the Sues.
And then 2 sweet novelties called me from among the colored jewels of rolled-up fat quarters. So 7 fat quarters found a new home and they were on sale. Deal. Wasn't I very good?
One more thing I bought from Lynette's mini shop at the retreat was this little teeny tiny iron. It is perfect to tuck into my travel sewing kit. Plus it is red and very vintage looking. It works pretty well, too.
One of the classes I taught with Shelbie was the pincushion class mentioned previously. I didn't show you a close up of the finished pincushion that Shelbie made during the class. I've been saying orange is the new red. And this proves it.
After Christmas I purchased this teacup from Anthropologie on sale for $4.00. The pedestal is a little tiny candlestick holder I got at Broadbent's for 88 cents. It was stained a redish wood color. Mr. Hive sanded it and spray painted it a warm white. We used this glue that you can buy at any craft store. The glue holds really well but is stinky. Be warned. The pincushion turned out so incredibly cute. Remember I got this idea from Pam eons ago.
When I got home I had this wonderful surprise waiting for me. Monica - is there anyone more sweet or thoughtful than her? - sent me this yellow Moda "Dottie" that I had been admiring on her blog (see this post). It is the perfect buttery color for one of the tea kettles I'm appliqueing. I gushed over it and she sent some to me. Blush. Thank you so much Monica. She called it a "random act of stashiness" and it isn't the first stashy surprise Monica has given me. (It will be fun getting her back at a random time! shh) Check out this month's Quilts and More for Monica's stuffed mushroom needle book pattern. I feel privileged to count someone talented like her as my friend. Monica is a star. She's going to be featured (face time and all) in 2009 Studios magazine. Wowie.
Have a sewing weekend everyone. - nanette