I never skip the Pinwheels booth. It's brimming over with beautiful Japanese taupe fabrics. By the time I got there, fabric was going fast and serious Japanese fabric addicts were snapping up the good stuff as quickly as they could. I bought what I could get my hands on. I think it was a mistake not going there first thing in the morning.
The above fabrics are from an English company called Oakshott from their Lyon line and as far as I can tell, these fabrics are not carried by any other shop in the US besides Pinwheels. I wish I could pick them up at my local quilt shop, but alas...I get them each year at PIQF.
You probably need to see them in person to appreciate their true beauty. In case you missed a look at the quilt top I made with them some time back...check out this post.
Other Daiwabo taupes were also there for the blissful taupe-a-holics and I'm using a couple of them in my next house BOM.
Places I also enjoyed:
- YLI thread: They had some new metalic + silk threads. I have never seen these before so I got some to try. They also had their hand quilting thread in a 2 ply, instead of 3 ply...so thinner. We'll see if it holds up to my hand quilting strength requirements!
- Cindy's Antique Quilts: If you collect quilts, this booth is a do not miss booth. Her quilts are all in really nice shape and prices are basically market value. There was a yellow lone star quilt here that I almost bought but I didn't want to have to eat ramen noodles for 2 weeks over it.
- Reets Rags to Stitches: I like to play around with felted wool, especially hand dyed. She had some cool colors and I picked up a few pieces. I use these in the birthday crowns I make for my kids, and also in other kid projects. The fun colors really scream 'kids!' to me.
- Morgan Quality Products: I picked up hand quilting stencils here. They have some very nice ones. If you love to hand quilt, you will love their selection. Lots of Amish looking designs which are my favorites. I also ended up trying their soap stone quilt top marking pencil. I haven't tried it yet, but am thinking of doing a test run soon to see if it really comes out. I picked up a pack on their Bohin needles (from France!) to try some applique. I found them too flexible for my needs so I'm going back to my Jeana Kimball ones.
Lastly, there was a flier to advertise the upcoming East Bay Heritage Quilters guild show - Voices in Cloth, so I've marked that on my calendar: March 17-18, 2012. I hear it's worth seeing. I'm looking forward to checking out the special exhibit by the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland.