Wednesday, October 21, 2009

And She Comes Up For Air

Sorry, spent all day Sunday putting away my purchases from Houston, had to work Monday, and picked up the new machine Monday afternoon. Spent last night playing with the stitch regulator and some of the 158 or so stitches. Did not open the embroidery module box or the cutwork. Must be able to thread this machine with eyes closed first. :)

Let's talk about the self-control I exercised was a telecommute day. Upstairs in the studio is a brand spankin' new machine and a bunch of brand new toys hand-carried from Texas. Did I go upstairs to sneak a stitch in? Not once. And unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to do much more than sit and look at her this evening, as I had to photograph some of my goodies to share with you, which required taking them all out again.

I'll give you a little taste of what shopping at Quilt Festival was like, but I really need to get into the office early tomorrow so I need to get to bed. I'll post more tomorrow evening.


These are two different Day of the Dead fabrics (purchased from different vendors). The skull one on the left has glitter painted throughout. Pretty cool, eh? I'm thinking tote bag, or purse.

Embellishments anyone? I'm thinking something to do with the ocean and beach glass and sea spray, and long walks on the beach in the morning. I told you I wanted to be an art quilter, and the puffy green cotton candy in the middle I am dying to work with....Angelina Fiber, irridescent, fiberglass, melts into solid (or not) when ironed betwen parchment. Cool.  There's also a pliable metal mesh, recycled silk cording, raw silk fqs, kimono scraps, cords, ribbons. A nice little stash starter.

Indigo from Ghana. Same continent, but quite different from the South African Indigo I got from deGama Textile Mill.

And we've got to represent for Asian indigo.

Bonjour! The two larger yellow pieces are yardage, all the rest is FQ, which in French translates to about 3" narrower than an American fq. But I didn't care if they were only 15", they were beautiful.

Oui, there is tres more.

Whimsical Japanese fabrics (those are the lucky cat buttons on the left to go with the lucky cat fabric). Most likely these will be purses, or some other type of embellishment. The center fabric reminds me of Pez dispensers.

That's all for tonight. I'm yawning myself into la la land here. Time to boogie on up to bed and rearrange the hubs and fight the 2 dogs for some mattress space. Please, please, tell me Bailey hasn't been drooling on (or licking--whatever his oral fixation of the moment is) my side of the bed for the last couple hours.

Be back tomorrow.


  1. Wow, wow, wow Susan, I am coveting the indigo, the embellishing stash and the gorgeous Japanese fabrics, what a great shopping trip! Well done on your self-control re the new macine too!

  2. I clicked over to see your blog from the 430, etc. list and got hooked. Now I will follow. Love the flowers in your work area and all that neatness. How big is your room? I used to live in DFW area, in Hurst, nearet Fort Worth. I went to Houston about every 3 years. I don't know how people do it every year. Too much overload for me. I loved your blog and read pretty far back, so I joined as a follower and am looking forward to your new posts.

  3. Welcome Texas to Arizona (?)! I hope I can entertain you. My room is approximately 11x11. Just got some fresh flowers tonight on my way home. Right now I'm saying I'll do the show every other year, but that might change.

  4. Those dolls that remind you of pez dispensers are called Kokeshi dolls. They are a wooden stylized type doll.

    Love your fabrics.

    ttfn :) Yuki in Silver Spring, Md

  5. Thank you Yuki. I really like them, I'm going to have to look for more fabric with Kokeshi dolls on it.


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