I’m back from Idaho (that’s the view from my sister’s house, above), where I hung out with family for most of a week, envied Abby’s enormous quilting studio, ate some of the best fresh peaches I’ve ever had (yum!), and supported a local fabric store by purchasing this lovely Philip Jacobs foxglove print:
I’d guesstimated that “I’ll take what’s left on the bolt” would be 2-1/2 to 3 yards, but it was over 4, which is awesome because I can’t decide whether to quilt with it or wear it and with 4 yards to play with I can probably do both.
Then Abby and I drove through a lot of this (I’d heard eastern Washington state is dry, but had no idea it looked like this!):
with a brief detour to Palouse Falls State Park:
…before finding our way to the Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar in Pasco, WA, last weekend. Kind of like 2-1/2 days of live Quilt Show episodes; fun and informative and very inspiring. My list of “things I’d like to make/try someday” easily doubled, which is not good for the state of the WIPs/UFO pile. My expectations had been moderate (I knew it would be fun, but wasn’t sure how much I’d learn) and were abundantly exceeded. Highly recommended if there’s one happening near you some day.
I resisted the tables piled high with Ricky’s hand-dyed fabrics, but did succumb to this lovely 12-pack from Superior Threads:
That’s my idea of a perfect color set!
A highpoint of the trip happened in Seattle on my way home last Sunday. Miki and Willa — online quilting buddies whom I know from Improvi-Robin and the 15-Minutes Play group — picked me up at my hotel for lunch and fabric shopping. It was my first in-person blog-friends meet-up, and Miki and Willa couldn’t have been nicer, so I hope we’ll have the chance to do it again sometime.
Fabric-wise I was quite restrained, but did come home with this lovely Martha Negley peony print, with Ricky-Tims-inspired plans in mind:
Unfortunately, I have little to show for almost a week of being back home other than pile after pile of used Kleenex, as the usual post-travel cold descended by the time I’d gotten over jet-lag. My big plan for the weekend is to figure out which sewing projects to attempt completing by the end of the year.
I’d have taken/posted more pics if I had a better phone, but mine is so old and lame I’m embarrassed to use it in public. Got my eye on an iPhone, if I can make the switch without losing $120- of accumulated rollover minutes. That’s enough to buy at least 10 yards of fabric, so I’d hate to waste it!
Raise your hand if you habitually evaluate the expense or potential savings of non-quilty items as their yardage equivalent…