Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1' x 1 1/2" pendants.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Paducah...the treasures!

Now it's time to show you all of the good stuff that came home with me from Paducah!  

Aunt Nancy made Nancy (so many Nancys in my life!) and I each one of these cute bags - they were kits that she bought from Merry's Stitchins the last time she was there.  They were perfect to hold all of my Valdani that we took on the trip.  Thanks Aunt Nancy!!

 We found these lights at Merry's before we left for Paducah, but we also saw them in several booths at the show.  They are really bright, and run on batteries or you can plug them into your computer, etc.
 You can move it around in all directions - super handy and they will be really nice to travel with - compact and very helpful in a hotel!

Nancy and I decided that each time she comes to visit me in Iowa we will buy a cute little sheep.  This all started on her first visit when we found the cutest little sheep (similar to the one below) at The Woolen Needle in Williamsburg, IA.  The one below came from the Meetinghouse Hill Designs booth.  Are you familiar with them?  Wow - they do really fantastic work - lots of 3D stuff - very cool.  Make sure you check out their website

Nancy and I both bought this kit from them - you can see a better picture on their website.  And while you are there, be sure to check out the eagle pattern - it is truly amazing. 
We had a nice visit with Emily from The Little Red Hen.  Have you heard of them?  I'm lucky that their shop is only about 1 1/2 hours from my house (so I had to go all the way to Paducah to buy this kit!), and it is awesome!  They have tons of original patterns, loads of beautiful wool, and soon they will have their very first fabric line - I can't wait!  Be sure to check out their website too - take the tour of the shop - it's really nice.  They were also featured in Quilt Sampler and have a cute project available from that.  Fun!  So is the kit I bought from them.  I keep thinking I will make a fun bee project and thought this was really cute.
 Another shop that I love is Yellow Creek Quilt Designs.  Vicki and Jill have been good customers of mine over the years - I met Vicki at the very first show that I ever vended (is that a word?) at.  We had a nice visit with them, and I felt the need to bring this little treasure home with me!  They have designed a couple of fabric lines and I got to play with the first one and make a bunch of pendants out of it to surprise Jill with - fun!

I think I mentioned before that Betsy Chutchian had sent me some scraps of her beautiful line Lizzie's Legacies that is just getting to quilt shops now.  I was happy to find some of it at Hancocks.  The yellows and pinks are just perfect.  Love them!  They yellow is nice and soft - not washed out like it looks here.

Here are some of the pretty wools that I bought.  This little bundle also came from The Red Hen.  I have a ton of wool, but most of it is dark and kind of blah.  I WILL make the Primitive Gardens quilt (remember it from my post about the quilts in Paducah?) some day and will need some pretty and colorful wool  - at least that is my excuse for buying these!  I'm hoping some of the girls on Instagram will make this quilt with me.  I want to wait a few months, because I'm back to working on my Sunflower Gatherings quilt and would really like to finish it first.

And then I had a very weak moment and bought this!!!
I really don't know what I was thinking, because the last thing that I need is another time consuming project (I need to get back to designing some quilts of my own!!).  And another funny?  We bought these (yes, Nancy got one too) from The Woolen Needle - another shop that is about 1 1/2 hours from me, but I go to Paducah to buy from.  Guess this shows that I have some good shops in my neck of the woods!

So that is all for now - looks like I should be busy for the next 200 years!  Can you tell that we had a great time on our trip to Paducah!?

Have a great week!


  1. Oh, yes! Shop for me anytime (but don't buy me kits--I have too many projects already, as do you, for that matter).
    I just went to the Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City and now I wish I had purchased one of those lights.
    I think the bee project is my fav, though I might change up the colors a bit--I don't know if I could put that much pink in a project that wasn't just a CW brown/pink combo. *LOL*
    Looks like tons of fun, and sounds like you should learn to shop local!! : )

  2. Looks like some great buys on your trip. I to LOVE the Woolen Needle and hope to get back there some day very soon. Would love to get to the other store as well the pictures look fantastic of that store. If you ever do a sew along for Lisa's quilt sign me up....I even have the kit ready to go from Primitive Gatherings so no excuse for this girl.

  3. I love my bag from your Aunt Nancy!!! We had such a great time and bought some treasures!! I'm stitching away on my Summer BOM so I will be ready for the Garden Quilt:)

  4. It seems your are the master of shopping. You made it really productive. I like textures and patterns of wool and such constructive lights.

  5. Lucky You! Looks like great shopping and a fun time. I'm excited just enjoying your pictures. thanks for sharing.