I did my patriotic duty this past Saturday during the whole Black Friday shopping mania and supported locally owned business by going to my LQS, Bigsby's Sewing Center in Elm Grove, WI, and then out to lunch at a locally owned restaurant.
I stocked up on a few necessary items: Fabric! Thread! And the gorgeous sateen jacquard print by Lecien above, had to get the last of the bolt. I had quilted on this the night before and it quilts so wonderfully and I love the colors, so this was not a huge decision to find it on sale and waiting to come home with me.
DH said "but what do you need it for?" Oh my.
I also got some of the Kaufmann Radiance, the shimmery fabrics that are a cotton and silk blend and also quilt up so beautifully. The gold fabric is some silk dupioni by Moda that I couldn't resist, so beautiful. I'm working on a small project on dusty rose sateen and needed more of the YLI gold silk thread I'm using for that, and some of the YLI taupe Sparkle for the motifs, seen peeking out on my prototype, below.
This combo of thread and fabric is new for me, a departure from my more sedate ways, but it gives a very rich, vintage look to this little quilt, a Delectable Mountains pieced design. I am considering it an experiment, and am loving working on the smaller scale, although I have to say, larger designs and quilting are easiser, this is quite demanding. But fun, of course.
And you might wonder how Oliver fared over the turkey weekend. He loved the holiday, the lights on, the house cozy and all the cooking prep, the Packers game and all the yelling, more food prep, more veggies, delicious odors from delicious food.
We did get him to lick a bit of turkey gravy from a small cat-sized plate with a pink design on it that went with his pink nose nicely, but mostly he loved the veggies.
For dessert he tackled the bananas while we were snoozing in the other room.......
I hope you support your local quilt shop and other locally owned businesses all the time. The owners work so hard to find treasures and basics for us so we can be creative and have the tools and supplies available for our quilting. They also find what's new and fabulous, keep our machines purring, and give advice and information. I always learn something when visiting a quilt shop.
Hope your Thanksgiving weekend was wonderful, and now you can have a bit of time for quilting.
Keep quilting - your work gets better every day!