As I showed already here, the quilts were fabulous at Festival.
But, of course, the shopping was also fantastic and I did my bit to help the world economy! And I really mean world — look at these great fabrics I picked up at a vendor that came from Japan:
They are designed by Keiko Goke for Yuwa Fabric according to the selvedge. I remember a sign in the store explaining how this is her first line of fabric. There were some other great pieces from this line in a quilt they had hanging, but they had already run out of a lot of it. Thrilled to get these pieces though!
I had given myself a budget and did a pretty good job of staying in it, buying some fabric for specific projects and some just because I liked them. I happened to stack them into warm and cool piles, and just look how great all these fabrics play together!
SO loved how these fabrics all mix and match! I’m thinking I just might have to expand on this color grouping for a quilt. (Definitely need more than just these — they are mainly fat quarters since I went for variety rather than bigger pieces of fabric this time around.) I usually want to put my pinks with greens, but I think the yellows and blacks with the pinks is awesome!
And then most of the fabrics below were bought with a specific project in mind. More details when I actually get started! When checking through my stash recently for this project I noticed I barely had any of this bright blue, of which I need plenty for the quilt, so I worked on giving myself some variety!
Finally, I found a snowflake print that would be great for the sashing of a snowman quilt I plan on making, so a full 2 yards of it:
I so need to write myself a “finish *this year*” list so I can figure out what I want to do and what is actually realistic. For instance, I would love to have the snowman quilt ready for Christmas. However, I’ve been busy sewing clothes this past week instead – oops!
Other observations from Festival:
-They had a LOT fewer booths this year. Our program this year stated “over 950 vendors.” We checked out last year’s program — it said over 1100. Still, LOTS of shopping to do and hopefully the economy will pick up and they’ll fill up completely again.
-We stayed at the Hilton Americas next door/connecting to the Convention Center. Yes, my mom lives in Houston but it was fun getting to stay at a nice hotel, and great to just walk over and back whenever we wanted throughout the day with no stress. We came back to the hotel for a late lunch on Saturday to watch some college football while we dined — great! (yes, we’re both football junkies!) And we sewed in our room both before and after Festival hours.
-If we do stay at the hotel again, though, we’ll bring a lot more of our own snacks. The food was Expensive!
-I’ve never taken a class at Festival, but went and visited a friend at her class. (Hi cia! Thanks for giving us a peak!) They really seem to have a great set-up and definitely tempted to take a class next time around.
-And one I know doesn’t interest most, but ahhh, it was so nice to be in Houston and be able to listen to Houston sports talk radio while I drove around. Here in Austin it seems I can only listen to talk about the Dallas Cowboys (ugh) and the Texas Longhorns — loved hearing about my Houston Texans and University of Houston Cougars!