20 March, 2014

SewExpo Dreaming

Many attendees have been coming to this show for 30 years. Yay! SewExpo!
They have outfits.
They come  together. Whole entire generations take classes.

The 4-H style shows, The Vogue style shows....

As promised, here's what I purchased at SewExpo this year.

My favorite Batik Booth - Indonesian Batiks - had them in knits!
T-shirt possibilities.

 My new favorite Go-to cleaner for vintage linens.
This did a fabulous job on my Airplane quilt.

I found it on sale in a booth.

 This booth was visited twice.

Not only for the Sashiko threads and indigo fabric but the darling Kawaii Japanese prints.
Look at those buttons!

'Round the world in cute Kawaii fashion. See the statue of liberty? The Eiffel tower?
Had to get both colorways.

Laundry/Sewing Small motif

 Snow White and Little Miss Riding Hood. Extremely easy to put in my Pendleton Tote.

This booth is where I ran into my neighbor. She bought this Marilyn fabric to make something for our neighbor who is obsessed with Marilyn Monroe. I bought some to make a Messenger -style bag for Miss Obsessive as well.

Random pieces of fabric.
 My sashiko indigo is on the far left. Cool blue spots {{on sale!!}} and some wordy sewing fab fabrics.

 My friend, Pencil Girl,  was home with bronchitis so I smart-phoned her with photos as I purchased - so she could feel like she was right next to me.
The above fabrics - one is a Liberty of London Tana lawn fabric, the others are knock-offs by Michael Miller, called "London Calling".
My Japanese friend, Crafty Tokyo Mama, has been sewing with these fabrics lately, so I bought some for her and me to play with.

 I actually did not purchase these fabrics at  SewExpo. I bought them at Fiber & Stitches in St. Helens when I saw this Bucket bag made out of them. Anybody wonder why? Got to have me more airplane fabrics!

This is called the Saffron Bucket Bag.
 See the film squares where you can fussy cut a cool airplane?
The booth at SewExpo also utilized the airplane fabrics. I just love the red stripe.

I don't need another bucket-type tote bag, but utilizing the film squares to highlight airplane images is very inspiring!

The Pendleton Wool Booth. One of my favorites.
No huge clearance sales like last year. But still - 35% off fabric cuts - Good price.
The lumberjack wool was special priced at $13/yd - could not resist. I can't even wear wool - skin itchies.
By the time I got there on Friday afternoon - they had given out all the 'prizes' for sewing something with Pendleton. They still had some business card holders - which I got last year - so I sent this one off to Pencil Girl. They were impressed with my Pendleton Tote bag. And the side zipper!

These labels were in the Pendleton booth. Got distracted by lumberjack wool.
These are much better than the old style: "Made with love by Mom" labels.
Should've got some.

 One booth had a notions scramble where you could fill a gallon ziploc for a buck!
All these bra measuring tapes. Not to be confused with regular measuring tapes.
I filled my bag mostly with the measuring tapes, tiny snaps, and embroidery needles.

 Saw some rivets which I picked up. I live at least 30 minutes from a good fabric store and I don't think they stock these. My choices are pretty much online so when I saw these, I bought them.
Decorate pants/shorts/bags/etc.

This booth came from Montana - Quilt Gallery.
I sat next to them at breakfast for two mornings at the hotel.

I like the detailing on this messenger bag.
It almost looks like you could get a laptop in there. Which is big. Too big.

This was a quilt in grays and reds that I was inspired by.
{Repeat after me; " I don't quilt"}

At the hotel. Is this inspiring or what?

These are the sites for the American Sewing Guild Chapters. Apparently, Oregon is a hotbed of members.

This is a reminder for Pencil Girl and I to play with our Resin, purchased last year. ummm. . . 

I'm guilty of not buying this pattern. It's just a zipped pouch with vinyl replacing one of the fabrics. Small rectangles of fabric. Probably not enough direction on sewing vinyl.
I like the idea of being able to see what's inside.

I really enjoyed Tula Pink on Saturday's Quilter's Night Out.
She designs fabric for FreeStyle Fabrics. Her class the next morning was on what  it takes to be a designer.


She uses the computer but starts with a sketch pad. Another designer, Kaffe Fassett, sends in oil paintings of his color designs.
Tula Pink is a brand name which is important as basically, you are an independent contractor and your fabric lines need to be promoted by YOU.

She sews her quilts but sends them out to be long-arm quilted  by a very gifted long-armer.
I just love the humor in this triangle quilt which faintly resembles a space shift. The quilting provides the blast burners and a ladder up to the ship on the left.


  1. Those headshots make me homesick for blonde, curly hair. No blonde or curly here...
    You found some great kawaii prints. Will have to be on the lookout for these from now on.

  2. Wow, what a great post! You bought a lot of neat fabric. I too want to make a bag with clear vinyl. I don't quilt either but the rocket ship quilt is pretty cool!


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