Isn't it amazing how much easier it is to get up early for a fun day than for a work day? I was out of the house by 8 am (EARLY FOR ME) yesterday to pick up Kim and Anne and head to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA. We met up with my Mom and her friend, Rita there as well. It was a day trip for all of us. One of the things I like about that show is that it really is doable in a day trip. The quilt exhibits were very good. The quality of the judged quilts seems to get better every year.
I don't have photos of the quilts because I was busy injecting fuel into the economy. There seemed to be less people at the show but the ones that were there did seem to be buying. We did our part!
Anne and I almost always start off at Handloom Batik. Last year I bought the red, black and gray fat quarters and have an idea percolating so I picked up 3 1 yard cuts to blend with them. We love this vendor. This lady works the booth by herself and always has some interesting new fabrics. She is very nice and attentive and love to chat with you when she has time.
This was sort of a frivolous purchase because I liked the lizards but many of them are symmetrical images so I can use this fabric in my kaleidoscope blocks!
I was primarily on a mission for symmetrical fabrics and I found the mother-lode at Batik Tambal. This booth had a lot of unique batik fabrics and it was difficult to limit myself to these. It was nice to discover that they have a full web site so I don't have to wait a year to buy more!
My totally random purchase was these two batik fabrics from Maine-ly Sewing. I love the bright colors and when we .were told that these were on sale for $5.50 a yard I had to have them - 4 yards each of them! Anne picked up two others.
EVERY year one of us just has to go back to Handloom Batik for one more thing and EVERY year we both buy something else. I picked up these two 1-yard cuts of handwoven fabrics. They are heavier than the normal cottons and I think the one on the right needs to be a handbag.
I don't know about Anne and Kim, but I was exhausted.....in a good way!