Monday, April 23, 2018

Paducah Stash Enhancement

It was a very good trip. The show quilts were outstanding this year, and the antique quilts at the Rotary were as well. I especially enjoyed the docent tour by the curator of the exhibit. Vacation with the girls was so much fun - we yakked non-stop, ate treats, and shopped till we dropped. Show & tell every night was a highlight; you could see everyone's personality in their purchases. We're already planning for next year.

I shopped with some specific needs and purposes in mind, plus kept an open mind to a few surprises. 30-3/8 yards of fabric came home with me, and the cost averaged out to $6.996 per yard. Lots of bargains at $5 and $6 a yard, and a few FQs at full price or yardage in the $10-11 range.

So how did I do on my list? Quite well. I found everything I was looking for. Bronze solid for the centers of my Dresdens, and a ruler for snowballing the corners of the blocks.

The sports themed FQs will find their way into some older-boy donation quilts along with soccer balls and basketballs already in my stash.

I was particularly looking for pickle greens and bright turquoise shades.

I needed a binding fabric to coordinate with a coral print, and a peachy-orange Grunge. A few other corals and friends joined the party. 

The color of the day at Eleanor Burns is 50 cents less per yard, so in addition to those pickle greens, I stocked up on blues and pinks. My stash was lacking in true blues, especially light shades, but not anymore. 

I couldn't resist this cute sheep print from the remnant table at Hancock's. There's another baby on the way in the family; maybe it'll be a girl. If not, these sheep will make a cute donation quilt. 

How could I pass up these great neutrals? My friend Cherie found the grey for me, a remnant of wide backing. She knows me well! She's such an enabler - she found the corner trimmer ruler, too. Thanks, Cherie!

We visited a new shop this year across from the Bubble, and I found an intriguing masculine geometric print. A few coordinates from one last pass through Hancock's before heading home, and I have the beginnings of a nice masculine palette. Gotta love the bolt-ends table! Hmmm, that grey Cherie found works well here, too. 

And finally, a few miscellaneous pieces. A few years ago I picked up a funky geometric print similar to the one below, and it surprised me how versatile it was and how many projects I used it in. The Marcia Derse print on the right will play nicely with a couple of other Marcia Derse prints already in my stash. 

So I'd say my annual Paducah splurge was very successful this year. 

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I have a goal this year of piecing and/or quilting one donation quilt a month. Stocking up on suitable, first quality fabrics at bargain prices enables me to do this. My stash report will take a hit, but I'll use most of it eventually. 

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  1. Sorry I couldn't make it this year. I didn't think my ankle would hold up under the strain, not to mention the whole moving thing ... We'll find another opportunity to get together, even if we have to create one. My DH really enjoyed meeting yours!

  2. It sounds like a great trip! It will be fun to see these fabrics get used. :)

  3. You did have a great road trip - loving those pickle greens! And yes, Cherie is an awesome enabler and friend.

  4. Lots of pretty eye candy! I'm glad you enjoyed the show and have some fun souvenirs for future quilts :)

  5. What gorgeous fabrics!! I love the greens and turqs!

  6. You had a great brings back memories of my visits to Paducah. I so love the Rotary show. Great shopping trip - looks like you found all that you needed, and some things that you wanted. Thanks for linking with Design Wall Monday, I appreciate you. Judy

  7. You made some great fabric finds. Beefing up the stash is important, looks like you patched a few holes in your stash.

  8. Love your new stash additions, especially those aqua/teal ones. You brought home about the same amount as me! I didn't get to the Rotary show, ran out of time and energy. But I did go to the $5 yd building across from the Dome, did a bit of damage in there! My first time at the show, it was fun doing it with a friend.