Quilt Show, Shopping and Lavender of All Kinds

Last Saturday was a busy day and so very much fun! Being new to the area, I wanted to go to a quilt show up in Sequim which is about 1 1/4 hours from my house. Luckily I met a woman who lives nearby and also wanted to go so we took a road trip together. The quilt show was outdoors in a park which made the whole Covid thing feel less of an issue. It could be tough to manage an outdoor show in this area due to all of the rain we have but everyone got lucky and we just had cool cloudy weather.

I especially loved the ruffly feathers on this rooster.

I took lots of pictures for ideas and inspiration. The show wasn’t juried but there was a vote for each category so Susan and I went off and chose our favorites. The people seemed so friendly, probably because everyone was thrilled to be back at an in-person show! It has been a long time.

This VW quilt was so cute.

The best part of this quilt was the little pictures of people (and a cat!) driving the cars. I was really tickled by this. The license plates showed names, I suppose of the person driving the cars. It was so creative.

Two laser cut quilt kits.

My friend and I browsed the guild’s boutique area so we could be sure to show out support. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We both bought these two kits. The pieces for the Native Rays kit and the Hollow Hexi kit both are cut with an older Alison Glass line of fabric. I think the arrow quilt will be fun to do and hang in my sewing room. The hexi kit will be made a bit larger with borders and then (eventually) donated as a Mercyful quilt. I haven’t made anything like this before but I am up for something different. Plus they were a steal. I found the Hollow Hexi kit on-line for $120. Both were sold for one dollar each. I don’t know why they were priced so low?

Super pretty postcards!

When I saw this book of postcards, I was first drawn to the label because it is from the Shelburne Museum. This museum was very close to my son’s house when they lived in Vermont and I have been there a couple of times. I thumbed through the postcards and they are lovely so I am going to have fun mailing them out. Again, one dollar well spent! Finally, there was a rack of quilt tops that were for sale. I chose a pink one and planning to enlarge it with a couple of borders and then donate it. I actually also worked on this already and it is ready to be quilted! I’ll share photos later on.

A Stitch In Time

Across the way from the park was the local quilt shop, A Stitch in Time. I restrained myself from buying but did do some wandering through the shop, perusing their fabrics. It is a great shop with a big selection. Will I ever tire of just looking at fabric? No, no I won’t! Fabric shops exude potential, inspiration, and creativity. I am always itching to go home and sew when I am in a nice shop.

A lavender farm in Sequim.

I had no idea this area was well know for its lavender production. We happened to be there during their annual Lavender Festival. People drive from farm to farm enjoying the gorgeous fields of lavender. We stopped at this farm and walked a bit. It was exquisite. The fragrance was incredible with all of the different varieties in bloom.

Bees everywhere doing their work.

The house we just bought has quite a few lavender plants and I am enjoying cutting bunches of it for the house.

In sewing related projects, I have been continuing the effort to sew with what is on the fabric shelves. Check out the picture above – I have unpacked everything!! Each piece of fabric I have is now on a shelf. I am thrilled. It feels good to have it out and available. I have quite a number of unfinished projects to work on. They are all organized and I am enjoying working through them.

A sweet cloth book for my girls

Both grand daughters are old enough for regular books. But I have several of these panels left over and the story is such a sweet one. So I made up a copy for them and gave it to them last time they were over. I made up two more for gifting in the future. It would be a nice book to read with little ones during the Thanksgiving holiday season. (If you are interested in buying one, I have five panels left. Leave me a comment and we can work it out.)

Reading the new book together.

Today is the last day to link up your quilt top for the 2022 Positivity QAL. If you want to link up, click here. Prizes will be distributed over the weekend at some point. Otherwise, we will be back in a month with a parade of finished quilts to share!

18 thoughts on “Quilt Show, Shopping and Lavender of All Kinds

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you! It feels great to have that room unpacked. Still some organizing and decorating to be done but now I can see what I have.
      An in-person quilt show was a big treat. Lots of happy quilters wandering through quilts at the park!

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  1. Wendy

    Sounds like a fun show, with some great deals! I’d like to stroll through that quilt shop with you! Always fun to see photos of you with your girls!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Yes, that would be a blast – Some day Wendy…. I am getting spoiled with the girls. Last night I was texting with Andrew and mentioned I hadn’t seem them for over a week. Oof. It used to be months between visits! Hahaha.

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  2. Pamela Dempsey

    Love the vw quilt! Such a sweet idea. Sounds like a great quilt show and a fun day ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    1. Bernie Post author

      For sure – it was a great day. That VW quilt was so fun. The quilter was really creative with it. That is the thing with quilt shows – so much creativity to take in. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Dawn L Lunn

    Bear Says Thanks! Sweet panel! I would love one. Please let me know how much for panel and postage. I made a dozen panel books when the twins were born and they loved them, they now read them from memory of me reading them. They have a new little brother who is just starting to enjoy the books and one more would be fun!
    Thanks for your live quilt show, shop and farm tour. Yes, we are all looking forward to in person events! Blessings, Dawn

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  4. Quilt Mouse

    Love wandering new quilt shops. (Have missed that the past few years!) I can’t imagine organizing an outdoor quilt show adding weather to the mixture. I’m so happy for you seeing your grands more frequently. We see our grandsons once or twice a year. I’d love a book panel to make for our 2 year old grandson. Let me know the cost & postage.

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  5. Kathleen McCormick

    I took a workshop with David Owen Hastings who is from there and the lavender fields are exquisite. I am longing to get into a quilt store, not that I need much. What good fun you had at the quilt show….eye candy and coming home with some bargains! I can’t believe you got a kit for $1!

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  6. Mari

    What a fun time, Bernie! The quilt show looks like so much fun. Always better to see in person than in pictures. That picture of you and A at the end is just a treasure. Be sure to print and frame it!

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    1. Mari

      Forgot to say that your space looks great, too! Plus, I’m planting lavender in hopes it will keep some of the deer way from some spots. We’ll see if it works!

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  7. Judy

    The quilt show sounds like it was a fun day. My sisters and I went to the outdoor quilt show in Sisters, Oregon a few years ago. In Indiana it would not be safe to plan such an event in advance. It could be a dry July or we could have several inches of rain. I looked up Sisterโ€™s weather and the average rainfall for July was 0.1 inches. It was a beautiful day when we were there. We 3 sisters even took our picture with the Three Sisters mountain range in the background. We stopped for breakfast on the way and several of the patrons there were on their way to the Lavender Festivals. And , yes, I did feel like sewing when I arrived home after viewing all the beautiful quilts others had exhibited. I commented to my doctor that I had gone. He had heard of the Sisters Quilt Show. His wife had been going for several years. Enough rambling. I enjoy your blog.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I enjoyed your note Judy. Two of my friends and I are hoping to go to the show in Sisters next year. They are in CA and I am in WA so it would be a nice place to meet for a weekend. Last week I watched a clip on YouTube of this year’s show and the quilts looked so wonderful. Such a fun way to have an outdoor show. It is interesting that it draws people from all around. Thank you for reading my posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

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