Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My Birthday and My Etsy Store

Today is my birthday and I'm still refusing to go
 "over the the hill"
Yep, the view from up here is pretty great.  
 I can see all the stash I bought while attending the 
Cincinnati International Quilt Festival.  

AND as a birthday present to me...I finally
opened my Kwilty Pleasures ETSY STORE

Here's a little birthday gift to you from me
A stash building formula that will
get you in trouble but keep you smiling, every time. 

Take 2 Kathy G's, 1 International Quilt Show, 5 quilt shops 
then subtract lots of money!  What do you end up with? 
1, 3-day shopping spree and 2 EXHAUSTED! BROKE 
but HAPPY quilters!

Thanks to my BFF (BEST FABRIC FINDER) and wonderful friend, Kathy Guenther for inviting me to stay at her home in Cincinnati during IQF!  Since I just retired, there was NOTHING (like that four letter word) standing the way of a great time! 

First stop, on my way to Cincy, was at Fabric Shack in Waynesville, OH at their annual "tent sale".   I met Kathy there and ran into other friends I quilt with!   
If there is ever a fabric is in heaven it would look like this and prices couldn't be much better.

$18.00 Layer Cakes and Jelly Rolls

$1.00 Fat Quarters

$4.00 Charm packs

Kathy gave me the "COMMA" F8s (center) as a retirement gift and I found these 25% off  FQs at Cincy's  "Sewn Studio" to go with them! I have already cut and sewn 42 cross blocks.

 Sewn Studio also had a great sale on yardage so these new fabrics came home with me to make bags. 
The bicycles are from Mary Lake Thompson for Robert Kaufman
and the TVs are from Riley Blake's Geekly collection.
I married a TV guy (and we both had this type of TV) so this fabric had to become MINE!  
I see totes coming my way soon!

A trip to Indianapolis and Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter shop 
filled a bag with a great selection of the Julia Rothman "TYPE" fabrics.  I took typing class in high school 
Could type 80 WMP, wore glasses and 
I was a "secretary" for many years of my career.  

The French Seam was another fun fabric shop in Indianapolis.
One of my favorites fabrics, Lotta Jansdotter, flew off the half-price shelf and into my shopping bag.

I here are some fun $6.00/yard fabrics offered by one of the vendors at the Cincinnati  IQF show.

The cute frogs are from "Baby Talk" by David Walker and paired with Feather Stripe from Newcastle Fabrics by Cathy Heck looks so cute with the frogs.  Can you say baby quilt?  

Aren't these just "peachy"  The bikes from the "Weekends" Collection and the geometric from Andover.  

Hollly Holderman's Ric Rac Tonal by Lakehouse and Power Pop by Janean Morrison for Free Spirit also caught my eye.  

3 City Scenes fabrics by Jane Dixon for Andover fabrics is a FUN collection with unique designs of people, buildings and stores.  Great color combinations makes this a fun addition to ANY stash.
Again my BFF's eagle eye found this tucked away on a bottom shelf.  Of course we both had to have it!  

Thank goodness I have a quilting retreat the 3rd weekend of May.  Time to sew and STAY OUT of the shops!   

What is your favorite birthday gift, ever?


  1. Wow!! What bargains and wonderful finds. You did more than great!

  2. Happy Birthday and congratulations on opening your store! Looks like you found LOTS of fun deals on your trip. Enjoy your day!

  3. Happy Birthday Kathy!! Congrats on your Grand Opening too! Good Luck :)

  4. Hope you have a fantastic birthday, Kathy! And awesome finds! :D

  5. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear Kathy. Happy Birthday to YOUUUUUUUUUUU! Hope you have a super day.

    Congratulations on your Etsy store.

    Looks like you had a very successful shopping trip. Lots of great bargains. I'm wiping the drool off my face. ;)

  6. Happy Birthday to you! And congrats on the opening of your store.
    WOW! What bargains you found! I am so jealous of all that pretty fabric. Wish we had a fabric shop like that around here. It would feel just like Christmas.

  7. Happy birthday! Thanks for sharing your great fabric finds!

  8. I hope you had a great birthday. Your stash is amazing. WTG girl!!!


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