Whew! It's been on long day, but a great day at the Asheville Quilt Show!
Just in case you're not a fan on facebook, yesterday I announced that Winter Wonderland was awarded an Honorable Mention at the show! It's been a great show and many wonderful comments from quilters about both Winter Wonderland and Release Your Light.
Here's a few shots from the show:
Josh shot these pictures early this morning as I was frantically entering new numbers for several new products into the register.
We've had a great day helping quilters learn more about free motion quilting and the basic tools required to make this a much easier technique to learn. More than anything else, I find myself repeating "Just try it! Practice! The longer you try it the better you will get!"
While the prints and greeting cards haven't been a huge hit so far, I'm still very happy I finally got around to creating them. It's been on my "to-do" list for far too long and it really feels good to finally figure out a system with the prints that works. The 8" x 10" prints and greeting card sets will be available in the Day Style Designs online quilt shop hopefully sometime next week.
Now let's check out some of the vendors I've been rubbing elbows with today:
This awesome, colorful, quilters paradise booth is actually right across from me and Josh! This is the booth from Batiks, Etc and Sew What Fabrics. Not only does Carol run a terrific online business, but she also puts on a great show.
All day this booth has been packed to the hilt with quilters shopping for batik fabrics. I grabbed two Island Batik print samples and a terrific men's shirt for Josh to wear. What better for a quilter's husband to wear than a batik button down shirt?! (Yes, there will be pics just as soon as I can get him to wear it, but here's my island batik print for now!)
Sharing a wall with me is another awesome business of shaker style boxes created by Suffolk Shaker Shop, LLC. I really loved looking at all the different types of woods showcased in these beautiful boxes and organizers. It took me back to my childhood as my grandfather would use many of the same types of wood in his turned bowls and cups.
I ended up taking home this small organizer perfect for holding all the new feet, accessories, and bobbins from my new Janome Horizon.
And finally last, but certainly not least is Uncommon Thread, truly a thread lover's paradise! They have a huge variety of Maxi-lock, Mettler, Sulky, and YLI threads.
I feel a lot more freedom to play with thread and experiment with my new machine. I know many of you have asked for an update on the Horizon and it's definitely coming as soon as I can try out all the bells and whistles and really break it all in.
So that's it for this update on the show! While I'm a bit tired and definitely in need of a relaxing bath, I'm also looking forward to meeting so many wonderful quilters tomorrow and sharing more tips and confidence to try free motion quilting.
Let's go quilt!