Sunday, February 28, 2016

I did it now!!!

I went to the Sewing & Stitchery Expo at the Puyallup Fair Grounds, and that was a good thing and a bad thing.....

Good thing - it was a road trip with my best friend and we may have gotten lost a couple of times (I was navigating while tired!!!  I also lost my map I had so I was going by memory - bad thing), we did enjoy ourself.  Look for yourselves where it was in Washington state.  Go over the map and take a look.  We're from Canada but we dropped my husband off at Bellevue and my friend and I continued on.

There was quite a lot to see and we went to all three areas to look.  There were tons of vendors and tons of lessons you could take.  Some free and some you pay.  We didn't go to the lessons, although we went to the vendors and got lessons from them.  

We got there at 11:00 and left at 5:00 with a 1/2 hour break for a great meal at the Expo in the main building.  There were row upon row of things to see, sewing machines, rulers, fabric (boy was there fabric), how to stick fabric to other fabric, beads, buttons, etc.  So much to see, many of it new.
I had to buy some material (just fat quarters) to build up my stash for a coming landscape quilt which will be quite big.  So I bought materials for rocks, trees, grass, and more.  Take a look.  Unlucky 13 fat quarters, but a lot of wood looking material.  Can you guess why?  :)

Then this is the good and bad part.  I also bought a professional iron.  I needed one and this one so fits the bill to perfection.It's the Oliso Smart Iron.  Take a look at this perfect iron.  So excited!  Trying it today.

The good is the iron is fantastic (if it does everything it says - but I tried it there and it was great).  The bad part was it cost $140 but it's normally over $200 and you can't get the professional version which is what I got.  I got the discount for buying there and one woman, while I was looking at it told me she has two and is considering a third...  So it's great but that was a lot of money.

Here's the 2nd good or bad and I blame my friend Dee for this!!!  Darn you Dee for putting this in my head!!  I bought the Westalee Sewing Rulers (a new foot and rulers to quilt).  It's hard to explain so look here:

I tried it, it's fantastic, and easy to use.  Met the woman in the video above.  Extremely helpful.  I could not remember what type of shank I had, high or low.  But using her Iphone we saw my machine (high shank) so Got the starter set.  Will take a bit of practise but the one that is so great is the paisley ruler and the clams, this has expanded my quilting right up there.  Can't wait to try it today.  Will show pictures.  There is a Craftsy program on it but I want to try the videos on YouTube first.  See below for lessons on it.  Unfortunately, the volume is not that great, but the visual is good.

This cost $150 american and this was a sale from the Expo.  It could of cost me more and they threw in the the paisley ruler which was the one I wanted.  So happy, but it was an expensive trip.  So we'll see how I quilt it.  I am making a new tag called "Westalee Ruler" so both myself and my readers can follow and see any quilt that I use the rules to quilt.

That's it.  It was a busy day of spending, but a happy day, and now I'm off to try some of my things.  Take care.

1 comment:

  1. So jealous that you have your rulers already and I am still waiting.......hope you had fun... I hear your other friend got a set of rulers too.... Maybe one of you could share.... Lol...


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