By now you've probably read post after post about Fall Quilt Market (including some here). But did you know that the weekend after Fall Quilt Market is International Quilt Festival here in Houston? The Market vendors move out Monday/Tuesday and the Festival vendors move in Tuesday/Wednesday. Doors open 5pm Wednesday for preview night.
For the last 10+ years I've cleared my calendar to spend Thursday at Festival. Classes, 20+ aisles of vendors selling everything quilt-related you could ever want, and displays of some of the world's most amazing quilts... its inspiring and overwhelming all at the same time. Remember that picture of Sample Spree I shared? That's about what all of Festival looks like... you walk the aisles shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of your quilting buddies.
This year I scored some really exciting things! The first booth we stopped at had charm packs of Sweet by Urban Chicks. And I found 3 fat quarters of Ladybugs from Flutterby and 1 fat quarter of Full Moon Forest in the clearance bin at another booth (she also had probably a dozen Nest charm packs).
My biggest purchase of the day was mini-bolts from Polar Notions. The first time I saw these, I thought no way would I ever buy them... that's valuable fabric budget money to spend on plastic boards. But as my stash of fabric has grown (especially the yardage I buy for making clothes for Megan) I really began to see the value in them.
I love that I can add all the fabric for a specific project to a board and slip in the pattern... now everything is ready for me when I'm ready to sew.
I spent some time Saturday wrapping fabric... hope I bought enough boards!
P.S. There's still time to enter my Market giveaway.