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Wendy and I had a fun Friday. We visited the International Quilt Festival here in Chicago then had some Cheesecake Factory…sans the cheesecake since I’m dieting…more on that subject later..

I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. Since the IQF returned to Chicago the show is smaller and I was really hoping that they’d have changed the venue. Where the convention center is located in Rosemont is a bleep to navigate through and it’s too large for the show now. $10 to get in, $13 to park, higher sales tax, and all the tolls left this chicky rethinking purchases inside the building:(

I had a lot more pics I wanted to show but my iPad seemed to have a ghostly visitor that day. Perhaps from quilters past? I had about 96 photos where this ‘light’ got progressively smaller till it was pitch black.

SewMod chicago international quilt show

Spooky. I promptly deleted my ghost and here’s what’s left y’all. Enjoy. Sorry I don’t have more for you.

SewMod international quilt show Chicago

SewMod international quilt show Chicago

SewMod international quilt show Chicago

SewMod international quilt show Chicago

We always have the Curby Shoe patterns in stock in the shop but I’ve never made them. The thought of quilting my own fabric for this project made me whine…a lot, but this summer I visited my favorite quilt store in OKC, Oklahoma QuiltWorks, and they had this cute board display made up on how easy it was to make Curby Baby Shoes. I got Paige to do my quilted fabric and Wendy and I decided to give it a go. Besides, it would make a cute display for Madison. And guess what OKC was right. So cute and so easy!
So I made our own little display board and a couple of sets of shoes as samples.

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The cowboy boot turned out super cute.
Paige quilted several yards of fabric to make kits for only $8.75. Just in case we had customers who also cringe at the thought of that part of the process:)

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We cut tons of eye candy..aka Oval Elements from Art Gallery Fabrics. Everybody’s favorite. Who doesn’t want a rainbow of dots?
We ran a special of Create Any Bundle Of 11 or more and the fat quarters are as low as $2.19 a piece. Can’t beat that!

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And check out our show pet, Henrietta Turtle. A pattern from Heather Bailey. My mom made this little sweetheart sample and she’s even got a unique SewMod twist..a hand crocheted flower! We kitted her up for only $13.50.

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Madeline is always a hit. So she joined us again this year. Perfect for your sewing room or in my case…something pretty to look at while I get ready in the morning. She adorns my bathroom wall. $16.00 for the scrappy kit and pattern.

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Several of our customers today commented on how reasonable our kits and overall pricing was. It’s nice to be able to provide that and pass some savings on to them. I even stood outside yesterday and passed out our extra vendor passes to four lucky ladies. Good deeds to start your day off right. It felt good!

We’re looking forward to another great day today. We hope you’ll join us. If not, check back for more pics!

Our first day was a success! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello. It was nice to see some familiar faces from last year and make some new friends too.

I posted a video from the booth yesterday. If you get a chance, check it out.

Here’s some great pics from today…
Our favorite design, Cannon Beach, makes another debut this year but has a more modern tone. As we like to call it…Tradi-Mod (traditional/modern). A very traditional Dresden using the 9 degree ruler for a large eye-catching center paired with modern fabrics by Windham & Lotta Jansdotter called Glimma. We used an Art Gallery grey dot as the background.

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Don’t let the Dresden fool you into thinking this is a difficult pattern. It’s my second go at this one and I’m always amazed at how easy it is to make and get such a striking finished quilt out of. I really love how this one turned out!

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Sassy Strollers is always a hit at the shows. I wish I’d had more time to remake it and kit it up too. Maybe next time…

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Lots of little items too that can be made up for Secret Santa or gifts for teachers and co-workers. Little Wallets and needlecases.

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It’s not a fun trip without a little something special thrown in…
This was parked outside on our way out for the day..lol.

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Now off to relax with a little Mexican food and a couple of margaritas!

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More from the booth tomorrow!

We went from this…

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To this is in 5 hours…

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Come see us at the Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo September 5-7th. We’re so excited about all our new quilts and quilty things. We can’t wait to see you!

Lorrie & Paige

We’re gearing up for the big show y’all. Madison Quilt Expo is only a few weeks away and were busier than heck getting things ready to make this years’ show a bigger success than last year. Many peeps have stepped up to help us make our goal. There is a mass frenzy of kitting and cutting. There’s so much fabric flying I thought we’d lose Daisy in the chaos..lol.

Our biggest seller is Art Gallery’s Oval Elements. The perfect filler & we have every color cut into fat quarters and bundled just waiting to find a new home. It’s a bundle of eye candy!….Take me please….

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Adorable right? These owls whip up in no time and we have about 30 kits made. Halloween or for a child’s room. Contact me if you’d like first dibs on one. They come with a free pattern and are only $7.25!

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And this baby bundle called Glimma will soon grow up to be a Cannon Beach quilt.

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I have lots more to show you but if you know me by now, you realize I’m a little OCD when it comes to showing y’all the quilts unless they are completely finished. So I’m working on a few bindings over the next coupla days and hopefully be back soon to tease you with more quilty love!

Join us for this weekend! We are excited to be vending locally in McHenry. We hope to see you there!

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Sew Many Stars
Quilt Show

Friday, September 28 10-7
Saturday, September 29 10-5

Church of Holy Apostles
5211 W. Bull Valley Road
McHenry, Illinois 60050

You didn’t think I went there just to sell my fabric goodies did you? Of course I had to make my way through all of the great booths this year. There were several modern ones this time to keep me occupied! I blew my budget!

Kaffe fabric from a shop called Some Art Fabric. They carried a lot of the Kaffe ribbon too!

More Kaffe from a shop called Material Girl Fabrics. And my ribbon is the same print!

More fabrics from Material Girl Fabrics that I couldn’t pass up:)

Cute VW campers & some groovy guitars.

Check out this adorable pattern from Atkinson Designs. Make your own fabric glitter houses for Christmas! I also picked up my favorite presser foot, a clear open-toed foot. Mine is missing and I’m pretty sure that my son has sucked it up in the vacuum. I guess if you ask a teen to clean, you’d better have the floor picked up first! I also got these Swatch Buddies. A reusable fabric swatch fan kit for when you’re out looking for fabrics for that special quilt and you don’t want to carry around all those fat quarters!

A wool kit from Primitive Gatherings, from their book Summer Gatherings. Look out mom. This one is headed your way;)

I don’t want to forget to show this adorable new line that just arrived from Blend fabrics called Animal Parade! Sooo freakin’ adorable! It’s available in the Etsy shop along with coordinating prints.

Get it while it lasts. It seems to already be a popular line!

Till next time peeps! Enjoy your cooled down weekend coming up!

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We had a great first day at the quilt show and we’re looking forward to another exciting day!

We took a stroll through the booths before it opened and I took pics of some of the quilts. Lots of cute things to add to your to-do projects.

Sweet embroidery pillows…

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Wool bundles…

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Adorable bicycle quilt!

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Christmas, of course:)

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More wool projects.

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A gingerbread house with cute yo-yos.

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A couple of booths we found with interesting quilts displayed.

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Back with more tomorrow. I’m going to try to break away and get some shots of the quilts in the show!

We are vending this weekend in Madison, WI at the Alliant Energy Center for the Quilt Expo. If you’re in the area, stop by! We’d love to meet our customers!

Wanna join us even though you don’t live in the Midwest? I’ve got the next best thing for you…
No need to pack. I’ve done that for us.

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Throw your bags in the car. Let’s go!

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Bye daisy! I’ll miss you!

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First stop. Starbucks of course. I can’t think without a coffee!

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We’re here! Let’s unload and set up.

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Whew! That was a lot of work!

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Let’s go eat now. I’m starving.

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We deserve a glass of wine too!

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Back to the hotel and time to kick my feet up and relax. Tomorrows going to be one busy day!

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Be sure to stop by our booth, #916, if you’re out and about!
Check back tomorrow for more updates.

This weekend Paige and I visited the Batavia Quilt and Textile Show.

Here’s a pretty New York Beauty with lots of quilting design.

I love this interpretation of the American flag…so pretty with the florals and Ohio stars.

A wool appliqued garden

A cactus sunset

And this one totally cracked me up and made me want to revisit one of my favorite shows… the X-Files.  I want to believe:)

And look who we ran into, Patti and Wendy from Quilter’s Destination!

Always a favorite booth of mine because they carry all of my favorite Crabapple Hill patterns and they do such an awesome job with their displays and samples. It makes you wanna buy everything:)

I didn’t buy everything, but you know me, how could I pass up Christmas fabric! They had Anna Griffin’s Isabelle Christmas Collection. I’ve been stalking that on Etsy for a while now and seeing it in person sent me over the edge. It has a beautiful vintage look to it and comes in 2 color ways. Of course, I bought both.

The only one missing is the border fabrics, which are available in her store.

Isn’t this pretty? Now I just need to figure out what I want to make and take a trip to visit them before it’s gone! I can’t imagine a fabric line this pretty hanging around too long..I’d better hurry:)

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