Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cha Ching . . .

Enough about Coastal Lily being recognized at the AQS Show in Paducah, here's what you really want to know, what did Thelma buy!!

My first stop when I hit town is Hancock's of Paducah.  Hancock's is a fabric store, not a quilt shop.  To me a quilt shop has a mix of old and new fabric, fabric bundles created by the staff, and some personality.  Hancock's does carry patterns and notions but they are really all about the fabric.  The latest fabric by every designer by every company, or at least it seems they carry every company and every designer.  They only carry the latest fabric, if there is still fabric on the shelf for one collection, and the designer has a new collection out, the old fabric goes on sale to get it out the door.

I love shopping in quilt shops, but I also love Hancock's of Paducah.  This is the one opportunity the whole year where I get to see all the fabric that's currently available for sale, up close and personal.  It is wonderful to see all the collections and each fabric within each collection.

So here is everything I bought as Hancock's.



First, some Kaffe Fassett binding and backing fabric for my flowering snowball top.


Next, I needed 12 solid fabrics for a class this summer, and Hancock's has every solid by every manufacturer, I just picked out some colors that appealed to me,  I don't know the names or makers.



Regent Street, I had seen this fabric online but passed, but I loved the looks of it in person, it reminds me of Liberty of London fabric, but not at Liberty of London prices.



The Primitive Gatherings Muslin fabric was a nice surprise.  The colors are rich, the fabric soft and beautiful with a very nice texture.  I bought two of these charm packs and intend to just sew the squares together for a throw for my husband.  In the past I've struggled putting together quilts that appealed to us both but I think we'll both love this quilt.


This was my favorite find, Sanibel by Gina Martin for Moda.  I had not seen this fabric online anywhere, it was totally new to me.  I think it was released in December.  Several of the bigger online shops didn't even carry it or immediately sold out of it.   I love the colors, it screams summer and I'm ready for some summer.   I plan to put this fat quarter bundle to good use very soon.

So that's all I bought at Hancock's.  Here are the other items I bought at the show.


Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, in conjunction with Creative Girds, has created  6" x 6" and  3" x 7" rulers.  Lisa talks all about the benefits of the rulers here.  Their biggest selling point is the easy to read 1/8"  markings, but what I like best about the rulers, there are no solid lines.  I think all rulers should have dashes, getting the fabric to line up just right with that solid line is hard for me.  I'm hoping Creative Grids updates all their rulers with dashes instead of solid lines.

I also bought that Rhombus template, I've never played around with diamonds and I liked how this set of three will give me three times the playing fun.

So that's how I spent my money in Paducah!

Oh and I lied about that Coastal Lily AQS Show thing, here's a video shot by AQS of me talking about Coastal Lily.  Warning, this is me on no caffeine, I just wake up this way.  I hope you've had your coffee, you'll need to be awake to keep up with my high speed chatter and constant twitching.   I asked my daughter if I always talk this fast and she said she guessed so,  that I sounded just like I always do.  Yikes!  Anyway, I think this video is a real hoot, I hope you do too.




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19 comments:

  1. Thelma, you are so cute! I loved getting to know you through this video.

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  2. You are so cute! Thank you for sharing this video with us. I know it was a great experience. So glad you won.

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  3. Never get tired of seeing "Coastal Lilies" and your video was really nice....I would have been so nervous not sure I would be able to talk. The quilt is just so beautiful and a great inspiration for all of us. Looks like you found great sales and got a great selection of "stuff".
    Congrats again Thelma !!!

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  4. You are such a doll. I have followed your blog for a LONG time and am always inspired by your work. Your work on Coastal Lily is gorgeous. I have never commented before but I had to send Congratulations your way and let you know that your video was adorable. It is neat to put not only a face to your work, but also your personality. Following your blog has helped me in many ways with my own quilting. Thank you so much for sharing your time.

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  5. Thank you for putting the video on your blog. I loved hearing you talk about the quilt. Have a great day.

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  6. Your video makes me miss seeing you in person! What a nice interview, and you were so gracious to express your appreciation to the show and Judi and all the things that make it such a wonderful experience.

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  7. I've read your blog for years & it's nice to put a voice & face with your posts now. You did a great job on the video. Congratulations!!!

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  8. Thanks you for adding the video! It was wonderful to hear about your quilt and finally put a face/voice to one of my all time favorite bloggers. I also liked seeing the quilting up close in the video; it's just breathtaking!! Over-the-moon happy for your well deserved win!! Can't wait to see your new purchases turn into more spectacular quilts!

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  9. OK - I don't think you talked that fast - maybe because I'm from the South? Anyway, beautiful quilt and congratulations!

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  10. Really enjoyed the video Thelma :-D You are SO cute !
    So happy for you ! You So deserve this !

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  11. Thelma, you are adorable! It was nice to see Coastal Lily up close. You did amazing piecing and Judi's quilting is fabulous!

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  12. I am also going to say that you're absolutely adorable! Your excitement about your beautiful winner is contagious!

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  13. I so enjoyed the video, I can't even imagine what winning that would feel like. Congrats again. And it looks like you had fun shopping. Can't wait to see some upcoming quilts.

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  14. Beautiful quilt. Loved the video. Congratulations!!!

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  15. Thelma, I liked the video and you were natural and bubbly! I didn't think you talked too fast....I talk fast, sounds normal to me and if I am nervous, I talk even faster! Thank you for letting us see the face behind your blog. The quilt is wonderful. Congratulations!!!

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  16. Awesome and delightful! I can feel your positive energy jumping right through the computer screen!

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  17. I think your interview went great! You weren't twitchy at all! I'm way more animated when I talk, plus my mouth gets crooked and my arms go crazy. You were a pro :)

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  18. I don't think you talk fast at all but I guess im going to have to get my coastal lily quilted soon its not nearly as beautiful as yours is but I like it and used stash fabric for it all it was so nice to meet you in person and such a surprise that you were right behind me, there are soooo many women their its unbelievable cant wait to see your next work

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  19. Gosh you were perfect it this video .....as is your quilt. I'd have been all ah da hm silence you did a great job in the vid and you and your quilter did great quilt work together

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