19th Annual Stars Over Abilene Regional Quilt Show
June 7-8, 2013
So my gal-pal, Robin Angus and I ran away to Abilene yesterday… Yup… we went to the Abilene Quilt Show completely UN-supervised!!! Upon entering the civic center, I immediately directed us to the Guild Booth, which is where the real bargains can always be found. We scored patterns for .25-.50 cents, magazines for .25 cents and hardback books for $1. We also purchased a couple vintage doilies for .50-$2 each and we each bought a medium roll of assorted fabric for $3. We spent the rest of the morning fondling fabric at the various vendor booths and found several bargain bins of fat quarters for $1.50 each!A Joyful Soul Fabrics (940) 228-6122 Joy Tapley P.O. Box 684 Schertz, TX 78154 http://www.ajoyfulsoulfabrics.com/ Front Porch Quilts (940) 454-2000 Pam Duke and Carol Dickson P. O. Box 136 111 East Hays Benjamin, TX 79505 firstname.lastname@example.org Young’s Oldies (325) 672-4128 Sharon + Jaryl Young 926 Victoria Abilene, TX 79603 email@example.com Material Girls Fabrics (325) 617-4430 Kristina Stephens PO Box 60581 San Angelo, TX 76906 www.materialgirlsfabrics.com
We shopped so hard that we finally had to take a break and head over to The Beehive Restaurant and Saloon for lunch! Robin and I shared a “topless” cheeseburger and grilled mixed vegetables, which was still too much food for the two of us! We brought home our dinner rolls, bun top and french-fries to share with the dogs, goats, mules and chickens! They were all very happy to have me home! After lunch we headed back to the civic center where we completed our shopping and toured the quilts on display. Needless to say, we were completely inspired! We made sure to mark our selections on the ballot forms which we turned in before leaving for the day. Four of my favorites are pictured above. Here is some additional information about each of them:
Pioneer Sampler – Large pieced quilt by quiltmaker: Jane Powers Machine Quilter quilted by Anita Johnson. This delightful 12 block Pioneer Sampler quilt is the creation of renowned quilt artist Eleanor Burns! Her book, Quilt in a Day; Pioneer Sampler (Quilt Block Party – Series Five) contains all 12 block patterns and can be found here: Quilt in a Day Pioneer Sampler
Rolling Star – Another large pieced quilt by quilt maker: Jane Powers Machine Quilter quilted by Anita Johnson. Here is a little information about the Rolling Star Block.
Fairfax County Fair – Quilt Kit pieced and quilted by Barbara Doidge. This stunningly designed quilt is a FTU (free to use) pattern that can be found here: Fairfax County Fair
Americana Stars – Pieced and quilted by Angela McCorkle of Quilts with a Heart Angela is offering this as a “Block of the Month”. Please see her website for details: Quilts With a Heart
At A Joyful Soul Fabrics I found a lovely fat quarter of fabric that is exactly the color I eventually want to paint my vintage Volkswagen Super Beetle! Here is a sample of the fabric that I found so inspiring, it’s called Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Historic Tile in Poppy. I’ll do a blog about my vintage VW soon! Robin and I did find a vendor with nice quilting/sewing pins, but not one of them mentioned Fabric Fondlers Anonymous! People at the quilt show often asked if WE quilted, bu we had to admit that for the most part we are simply HOARDERS who enjoy fondling fabric as frequently as we can!!!