Quilt Show Weekend

Mom and I went to the Georgia Quilt Show at Gwinnett Center Saturday. It was great: quilt inspiration and shopping under one big roof with clean bathrooms! What more could a quilter want?

Aside from wanting a Taco Bell inside Gwinnett Center, I can’t think of anything. This is not a strike against Gwinnett Center; by my estimation, any building can be improved by an addition of a Taco Bell. Luckily for us, Discover Mills Mall was close by with a handy Taco Bell. (Though, no clean bathrooms in that mall… It used to be a wonderful mall, but it has really deteriorated since I lived in that neighborhood. Shame.)

But you didn’t come here for my (admittedly verbose) Theory of Building Improvement via Taco Bell and Clean Bathrooms. You came for the pretty quilt pictures. I have ‘em. Here you go.

At the Georgia Quilt Show

Not a rug, a quilt! I loved the design of this one. Clever.

At the Quilt Show 2

I loved the traditional quilt blocks in the bright colors. Gorgeous! That black band across the bottom of the quilt is the rope used to keep people away from the quilt, not a part of the quilt itself.

At the Quilt Show 3

And now, for something completely different. This one is just lovely. I love how the designer alternated appliqued blocks with embroidered blocks and echo quilted around them all.

At the Quilt Show 4

This is a whole cloth quilt in a very striking purple/blue. The quilting on this is amazing.

At the Quilt Show 5

This is a detail of the whole cloth quilt above. I hope I can quilt like that someday!

At the Quilt Show 6

This is a detail of a green and yellow quilt. I love the wavy quilting around the square Celtic knot. Does anyone know what that’s called? I can’t find a reference for it.

I spent most of my time (and money) at the Primitive Gatherings booth. I wanted everything. I settled for buying some bundles of miscellaneous wool and a wall hanging kit, From the Bittersweet Vine. It has a pumpkin, sunflowers, a crow, and embroidery. Of course I love it; with that combination of themes, I could not not love it.

When I returned home and looked at everything, I realized that my worst fears had been realized: I didn’t buy enough wool. I blame inexperience. It was my first quilt show and I just didn’t know any better. Next time I’ll seriously stock up when I can be there to touch it.

It is so hard to find wool in this area. (Maybe it’s because we’re in the South?) The local quilt shops just don’t carry it. At least I can order it online now that I’ve experienced the wonderful quality of Primitive Gatherings’ wool.

Anyway. I’m going to make the wall hanging next Spring. I just don’t have time to do it right now. In between fighting off the Worm Horde, finishing the already large project list, making presents, avoiding the news, cleaning, cooking, working, and gaming, I just don’t have time for another project.

The Easy Friday List, August 3

The (Mostly) Beauty Edition.

Friday should be easy. Maybe something on this list can make your life a little easier.

Makeup Brush Folder: I have a confession. I love makeup brushes.

Seriously. That’s the confession. What were you expecting? And do I really want to know? If you tell me, remember that this site is rated G. Yes?

As confessions go, I guess it’s not as salacious or as interesting or even as unusual asĀ  it could be. Still. It’s not something that I readily admit.

I don’t know why. I guess that says more about me than my confession.

Anyway. Goodbye Therapist. Hello Topic: I own lots of makeup brushes. And with organization being a particular, well, issue of mine I feel extremely particular about, you know that I have to have some serious makeup brush organization methodology happening in the bathroom.

My Makeup Brush Folder by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

The outside.

There’s a reveal…

My Makeup Brush Folder by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

Wait for it…

My Makeup Brush Folder by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

And… the Beauty Shot!

I made it. The exterior black and white fabric is a light weight cotton (washable!) upholstery fabric I picked up somewhere. The interior is black cotton and scarlet red batik cotton. There is 100% cotton batting in between the layers of fabric. I’m stressing the cotton part here because it’s all completely hand-washable. I am a goofy klutz and makeup stains fabric if you can’t give it a good scrub; wash-ability is important.

There are three levels of pockets. There are so many little dividers that I don’t have enough brushes to fill them all. This is good. I’m fairly certain that the thing wouldn’t close if it were full. Still, there’s plenty of room to move things around, organizing, until I’m happy.

The InStyler Case: I made this case for the trip that didn’t happen due to the most untimely death of my old computer. I dearly love my InStyler and I wanted to make sure it was safe and protected. The case that came with it just didn’t seem sufficient for the job. Enter the fabric hoard!

I dithered about what part of my fabric stash I should use and finally settled on the three lovely fat quarters from Moda’s Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket. I love the collection and I’d been saving it for something special. So into the washer it went!

Out of the dryer it came… with runny red spots all over it. Argh. The red bled. I’ve never had this problem with a Moda fabric before and was a bit steamed. (Read “steamed” as “madder than I’ve been a good long while”. My Etchings Argyle Nine Patch is made of a good bit of red Moda fabric… and I didn’t pre-wash it. I’m afraid of what’s going to happen after I wash it the first time.)

I decided that I’d bravely use it anyway. So I did. It was garbage. Unfortunately, I couldn’t blame the red splotchy fabric for it.

I didn’t use a pattern; I complicated everything unnecessarily; and I was making it up as I went. It showed. I started over using a simple, drawstring bag idea with a pocket on the outside for the cord. Here’s the result.

My InStyler Case by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

I love this fabric. I wish it didn’t make me worry.

My InStyler Case by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

At least you can’t see the spots in the picture.

I’m really happy with the results, red spots and all. Now, let’s all pray that the quilt top I just finished using Moda red fabric doesn’t bleed, too. I’m lighting a candle.

InStyler: The older I get, the more apparent it becomes that I am cursed blessed with my maternal grandmother’s hair. She was lovely, but her hair was problematic: thin and wiry.

The InStyler saves me from hair nightmares. It smooths out all the kinks and waves.

The InStyler

Love this so much…

Mugs: Not just for coffee! Mugs are wonderful little cups of organization that can fit practically anywhere.

My Les Mis Mug organizes a corner of my desk at fig+fence HQ.

My Les Mis Mug organizes a corner of my desk at fig+fence HQ.

Also, it helps me keep track of all the pens that somehow mysteriously wander off when I’m not around. Must be more house elf action: pens and pin cushions. Ahem. They must love homophones.

College Writing References: I never threw my grammar textbooks/reference books away when I graduated from college. I have the Harbrace College Handbook (11th Edition) and A Writer’s Reference (2nd Edition) by Diana Hacker. I love them both, and I usually reach for the red Harbrace first out of habit (it’s on top) when I get grammatically stuck. Alas, it failed me. Only the Hacker book explained: two words that sound the same but have different spellings are called homophones (like pin and pen).

My tendency to write like Bulwer-Lytton is not the fault of either book.