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Gadget Queen and Tester

Blogless Dawn and I went into the burbs yesterday to the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo.  We went last year and it was so-so.  We were picking out places to eat lunch on the way in thinking we’d be done in 2 hours.  Well…what a pleasant surprise.  This show had some great vendors and great quilts this year.  I don’t even remember looking at quilts last year.

Anywho… I enhanced the stash… with some fabric and tools.  I swear if I could just be a gadget and ruler tester…I think that would be my dream job.

I got 3 yards of the bird and butterfly fabric for the backs of the kit I bought.  As well as some nice purples and a green from Primitive Gatherings.  I forgot to take a picture of my turn table mat, but got one of the cute little ruler holder.

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Then I saw this tool on another blog, which I can’t find now, using it to cut bias binding much easier.  Had to have it.

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Then we hit the Bloc-Loc booth.  They were demoing this ruler.  I loved nearly ever quilt in this book, so I bought the set.  Then I got this pattern as well as they had a the sample made up and it was gorgeous.  I was going to get Jo Morton’s Bloc-Loc set, but when I said we sampled these at our LQS, he said to buy them from the LQS.  He took them from me and hung them back up on the rack (lol) … ok then.  He said he didn’t want to see LQS go out of business and us all be left with the big box stores.  So, I went by Quilters General Store with the catalog today and put my order in for a couple more sets that they recommended.   They were waiting on the next bus from the bus trip to come in, so I didn’t get to stay to long as I didn’t want to get in the way.

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Of course no trip is complete with out some thread.  Normally I love Superior’s So Fine, but I’m going to do a baby quilt and loved the slightly variegated pink with the King Tut, so I’m going to give that a try with Bottom Line in the bobbin.  Going to have to practice this a little.

Picked up a cute new pattern from Primitive Gatherings.  I was going to get the kit, but it’s slightly different from the quilt and wanted to pick my own colors.

Then you notice I got two books of Fine Feathers by Marianne Fons.  We met Marianne Fons of Fons and Porter fame at the Quilts of Valor booth.  She is such a lovely person.  For a small donation she was signing these books that are out of print.  They’ve been in her basement, so I would say they are all slightly irregular.  I got one for me and one for mom.

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Then we met the folks who make this Ideal Seam Guide.  I hooked it up and did a few tests… bang on.  It pulls off easy for repositioning.  It’s got something on that back that makes that attaches, but comes off clean with no sticky residue.  Up to 10,000 uses.

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See… I’m a gadget tester at heart.  It did seem to work better with a plain foot, over a cut in 1/4″ foot or foot with the 1/4″ guide.  The curved one is a multi-tool – for use with curves and use with straight edge.

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We did look at all the quilts.  This Koi Dragon one was my favorite.  Said there is over 125 hours of quilting and 52 different threads.

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A couple more of my favorites.

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You can see all my favorites here.

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