Pieceful Monday

Well, this post is late in getting done, but I wanted to share a little bit about my visit to the Minnesota Quilt Show in today’s Pieceful Monday post.

I’ve been to other quilt shows in the past, but this was my first Minnesota quilt show. I’m not sure why I haven’t gone to one before; I suspect it was other activities demanding my time that kept me from attending. At any rate, I’m so glad I went. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Much of the fun had to do with traveling with two of my friends, who share life with me both with their joy of quilting but also just as we go through life together. The three of us had never had a getaway together, but we traveled well together. We enjoyed staying at the cabin, even though most of our time was spent at the quilt show. It was nice to come back to a quiet cabin and relax by the lake.

Thursday morning we were up bright and early, getting to the show around 9 am. I knew what to expect, but even so, I was quickly overwhelmed by everything to see. The quilts were just amazing. So much talent. I have to say that my favorite exhibit was The Lion King Challenge. The link takes you to their site and if you click on the poster, you can see all the quilts. Each quilt is 20″ square, and the creativity is just stunning. It was difficult to choose a favorite!

I picked up a few things, so today I want to share some of my goodies.

The Basics

Of course, it was handy to have Superior Threads at a booth. I needed some neutral thread, and I also snagged some needles. I usually use Aurifil, but I have used Superior Threads as well and been pleased with them.

Pieceful Monday - threads - piecefulthoughts.com

The Fun Stuff

Well, some of the fun stuff. Yes, there’s more than this, but they are for later posts.

I’m just experimenting a bit with EPP so I picked up two tools to make that easier. However, I can see using both of these for other quilting projects as well. The little red item is a finger stiletto, the other is a starch brush. Once I have used these for a bit, don’t be surprised if they show up in one of my Cool Tool posts.

Pieceful Monday - new tools - piecefulthoughts.com

I had to have some of these colorful threads. They will come in handy as I work on my wool projects. Ok, I’ll admit, I bought them mostly because I liked the colors!

Pieceful Monday - colorful thread - piecefulthoughts.com

Two pieces of fabric that I bought. I did buy a bit more fabric than these, but not too much. I behaved better than I anticipated. I bought the owl fabric because I couldn’t resist. The other piece of fabric, the orange floral from the Mostly Manor line of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s line, was such a steal I had to have it. It is 5 yards and I got it for about half of what I would normally spend per yard. It is probably one of my most favorite fabrics, and yes, I do know what I will be doing with it . . . someday.

Pieceful Monday - favorite fabrics - piecefulthoughts.com

We got back home from the quilt show on Friday evening. There were, admittedly, many naps involved to catch up from the weekend. Today I am finally feeling a bit more like myself. Yesterday, we had a graduation party for a very special young lady, and I have had this little pillow waiting for her. She’s going into dance, so I thought this would be perfect.

Pieceful Monday - gift pillow - piecefulthoughts.com

It was a fun project to make, and surprisingly quick despite the little teeny tiny pieces in some spots. The pattern is from Tartankiwi and I found at her Etsy shop here.

I have to admit that there are a few kits that I purchased at the quilt show that I haven’t shown yet. You’ll hear more about those at a later time.

The baby quilts are back and ready for binding. That will be my project tomorrow. I’ll post pictures soon.

Happy stitching!



9 thoughts on “Pieceful Monday”

  1. sounds like you had fun – I saw the starch brush at the last show I went to and didn’t get it as I thought my stencil brush was basically the same thing – let me know how you like it.

  2. What a sweet pillow! A very “on point” gift 🙂 I love those thread colors, too, and have also been known to buy a bright selection just to look at them…

  3. Adorable pillow! I thought about getting that finger presser, I might regret not getting it after I hear all about your uses with it. I am glad you got a chance to enjoy the show! It will be down here in 2019.

  4. Sounds like a good time and wish I was there. I so need a good quilt show. Anxious to hear your tool reviews. I always buy more of those things at a show than fabric, unless something awesome crosses my path.

  5. Hi Wendy, I am glad you enjoed the quilt show. I loved looking at the Lion King challenge, amazing really. The orange fabric looks gorgeous, I think orange is a very underrated color that is one of my favorites! And the pillow is precious ~Abbie

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