Was able to attend the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison on Saturday.
Nice Show - did not take any workshops, but saw all the quilt exhibits and shopped the vendors, of course. The Alliant Energy Center is an easily accessible facility and the show is large & well run. I always come away from shows of any size so inspired.
First on my list was a visit the Cherrywood Fabrics booth for an addition to my hand dye stash. It's so hard not to just want one of everything but the checkbook would have died on the spot, so after reviewing what I current own, I settled on a yard of onyx (nice black!) and the 'Blue Lagoon' colorway.
I'm thinking this group would just glow when paired with the Onyx. That's going to be down the road as there are several projects in various stages of planning and graphing at the moment. Not to mention the blasted Summer Stripes blocks that are giving me fits. The last layout on the design wall is okay but not large enough and has a few 'holes' in the color wash effect. I think I have a solution for this but I won't get to work on it until the weekend at the earliest.
And then I found a new temptation.
Yes - it's SILK. Silk Dupioni to be exact.
I am dipping my toe in the 'using silk to make a quilt' water. It will be a relatively small wall hanging - thinking like 18" square range. And to make it eligible for Pieceful Gatherings (LQS) quilt show next year, I am planning on having it long-armed there. I've talked to Vonnie (one of their experienced Gammill Girls) and though she hasn't quilted silk before, she is excited at the prospect. I bought her a FQ to experiment on. This will be quite the joint adventure.
The fabric run is the silk dupioni jewel tones colorway of fat eighths from Country Keepsakes (Rome, PA) and I added the fuchsia, new teal & violet FQ, as well as black. Now I just need to think about quilt design to show the silk off to its best.
Work on the kitchen and hallway floor is planned for today & tomorrow so probably won't get to the sewing machine but I have some pattern drafting to do. And there is a Road Trip planned for later this week - stay tuned!!