Thursday, July 23, 2015

A 'Very Big Shew' . . .

Everyone in Syracuse is all abuzz about AQS Quilt Week coming to town next week. Vendor set-up starts on Monday and the show opens on Wednesday, the 29th. If you're going to be in Syracuse, I highly recommend that you stop by the OnCenter in downtown Syracuse to check out the festivities! Quilts, vendors, classes, the whole sch-bang.

With lots still in the pre-show preparation stage, I thought I'd share some brief happenings here on the 'highway.'

Since I'll be vending at the show, the bins are filling up with all kinds of goodies to take to the OnCenter, the show venue. My booth is 1009. How perfect is that?

What? You don't see the connection? Lately, I've been all about the 9-patch, just take a '9' and throw '100' in front of it. Easy to remember! I like it!

Demos, specially-priced bundles, AND the newest ScrapTherapy pattern, Picasso's Puzzle are the star players at the Hummingbird Highway booth!

Picasso's Puzzle, a hard-not-to-touch fabric cube, features the Middle Scrap Grid interfacing. The patterns are on a truck somewhere between the printer in Minnesota and Syracuse right now as you read this note! I'm told they'll be here in the nick of time for the show! Picasso's Puzzle is SO MUCH FUN to make--in fact my Picasso's Puzzle class at the AQS Show still has openings. Grab an opening and try it for yourself!--(all the prep for the class is done, just show up--of course, you have to enroll first)

If you can't make it to the show, I'll have more details on the pattern packs next time. Ask for the them at your favorite quilt shop, or visit my online cart . . . soon!

I've been busy preparing a couple of new kit samples of the Up One Side table runner. Ridge Rock and Bright Christmas fabric lines from Hoffman California Fabrics are featured in two new kits available for the first time at the booth. And the best part: the fabrics for the quilt top are pre-cut and ready to sew! (Somebody (i.e. me) had better get a binding on that Christmas one!)

One of the show specials has nothing to do with the show itself! You've heard of the Row by Row Experience? Well, the shop where the whole thing started is right here in Syracuse. I've been working with Janet Lutz, my friend and Calico Gals owner, to put together a really special 'something' for you. For starters, you have to go to the store to pick up their water-themed row pattern, called Drip, Drip, Drop--pattern by yours truly! Bring a friend (or not) and get a great little deal and special present from Janet and me! Here's a hint . . .

And . . . as long as you are in Syracuse, whether you are visiting from far away or from right in town, I want to encourage you to take advantage of a local treasure. The Onondaga Historical Museum has a special exhibit of 20 unbelievable vintage quilts dating to the mid-1800s. Click on the link and scroll down to Patterns in History: Vintage Quilts of Onondaga County for the particulars. I was honored to be involved in helping to select the quilts for the exhibit from their amazing collection. Here's a sample of an exquisite completed crazy quilt that will be included in the exhibit. Aren't these two finely-dressed critters adorable!

While you are at the museum, take a chance to win this vintage-inspired hexagon quilt. It was hand-pieced and hand-quilted here on the Hummingbird Highway by me and donated to the Onondaga Historical Association as a fundraiser. It could be yours if you win the drawing! But to coin a phrase, you gotta be in it to win it!

If you're headed this way, enjoy the Syracuse area . . . more from me online in a couple weeks.

Happy Stitching!

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