Saturday, March 5, 2011

I met someone!

I did. I finally met a fellow blogger in real life. I've Skyped with one before, actually, so does that mean I've already met one but now I've met one in the flesh, as opposed to, in real life?  Hmm...

Anywho, I met Barb from Bejeweled Quilts by Barb. Yesterday, after giving her various levels of threats that I'd show up on her doorstep unannounced, she finally relented and agreed to meet me at JoAnn Fabrics and lunch after. I took the day off work just so I wouldn't feel stressed and I could have plenty of time.  Then I was late, then I got lost (uh, yes, she's the one who's new to town but I'm the one who got lost... shut it). She was gracious and forgave me.  I knew I liked her.

I plotted, too. I have the quilt along coming up, and I wanted to be able to translate necessary fabric requirements into easy FQ measurements. I figured I'd use Barb as a sounding board for colors and helping me pick out the FQs.  That worked out for about 5 minutes when she then decided I wasn't worth the effort (I'm terribly unable to make a decision when confronted with fabric) and went over to horde the 50% off fabric bolts.  Seriously, I didn't even get to purchase off one of those, girl is evil...

Okay, okay, I misrepresent, I did show them to her and then she went off and deserted me. Sort of... she did return and feign interest.

ALRIGHT, she helped me and didn't desert me at all. geez... what do you think this blog is about, honesty or sarcasm?

I also was able to snag these fabrics on sale. Great for baby quilt backing or, since I got hom and my dogs have tried to steal it about 5 times, great for stuffed dog toys! The polka dots are going to be made into an erase board for my kitchen. Thank you, Shay, for the idea. I promise, though, I thought you had stripes, not dots on yours when I bought the dots. It wasn't until I came to link up, I noticed you had dots. Don't care, still doing it.
I had a wonderful time and hopefully, she did too. She's talking a good game on her blog about it so I choose to believe she did.  :-)  She even gave me a giftee, people.  Look how adorable this towel and hot pad are. I love them, and they will be in full display/use once I land in our next home. My kitchen is to be very colorful so they fit right in.
I love these little turtles and the fabric. Oh beautiful blues and aquas, perfect for the turtles. I am regretting not purchasing more of that Samoan fabric when I had the chance so now I'm just going to hop on over to her sister's store, Inchworm Fabrics, and see if any is left.

Lastly, before I forget, my goodies from the quilt show. All things considered, I did really well with "not spending". LOL

A book I learned about because the author was doing signings. I bought 2 and had both signed, one for me, and one for one of you (to be given away later).
Fabric for a couple kitchen wall-hangings for each of my brothers' kitchens.

A new cutter to create my own chenille. This will bring my baby quilts to a whole other design level, Lord help us all!
And finally, dyes for my Go Cutter solely for my mother because she's been wanting a Sue and Sam quilt for quite some time.
I will leave you with one last thought.  This product, the Paintsticks and stencils, are what I found, by far, to be the most intriguing and enticing at the show.  The possibilities... but I decided to let myself ponder it for a while. I'm not sure I want to go here yet. If you have some time, take a look. Let me know what you think.
Have a wonderful Saturday and I will see you later. I plan to have a finish or two to show, finally!

Cheers! Beck


Regina said...

I could just see you two shopping together. Looks like you had some good finds and yay to new friends and to presents! Glad you were finally able to get together.

Love the kitchen fabric you found! That book looks really good too.

Barb said...

Oh my gosh, I sooooo love the fabric you purchased....I need to come over...HA!!! I had an awesome time. We are family now, what is yours is mine...right? Right??? Just joking but if you come over I will share some Samoan fabric with you...some....what is mine is mine!!

Shay said...

What a huge information packed post! Im not sure where to start!

Firstly isnt it lovely when you actually meet another blogger. It's a bit like going ona date though ...or it was for me. I made sure I looked all shiny and pretty so the girls wouldnt clue in to the fact I am actually a complete dag.

Knock yourself out with the dry erase board sweets - I stole the original idea from somewhere else and I love that we're both rockin'the dots.

Excellent quilt show goodies! Cant wait to see your finishes....

John'aLee said...

Oh it sounds like you two had so much fun!
When I first met a fellow blogger it was kind of surreal. I realized a whole new world was opening up to me!
Loved your post by the way. you always make me laugh!

Myra said...

What a great shop!!! Lots of goodies there Becky!!! 8-)
How are those PhDs coming along? You've been awfully quiet on the group blog...