Friday, September 13, 2013


What a great time we had at the Riley Blake Fabric Fest.  Almost 4 days of fun, fun, and more fun.  I have to share some of it with you. 

Monday evening the "Vendor Mall" opened for business at 7:00 PM.  It was set up to resemble a mini quilt mart.  Only, this one had tons of appetizers and drinks.  Very nice.

I had two classes on Tuesday.  In the morning Robin and I both took Melissa Mortenson's, of Polka DotChair,  Retro Travel Bag class. We could purchase kits and I selected the grey and yellow chevron. These are Melissa's samples.

In the afternoon, I took a Big-Stitch Quilting class taught by Andrea Goddard of Quiltique, a local quilt store in town.

Wednesday morning I took Summer in the Park, taught by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I'm sure many of you are familiar with Jenny's tutorials on YouTube.  Yes, she is just as wonderful in person.

Wednesday afternoon I relaxed by sitting back and listening to a lecture on Pre-Cuts by Kim Thurgood & Kris Christopherson of MyGirlfriend's Quilt Shoppe and Kimberbell Designs out of Logan, Utah.  Cute twins and a very fun lecture.

On Thursday morning I took another lecture on the merits of the Social Media while I worked on my Big-Stitch Quilting.  It was a panel held by Paige Hill of Riley Blake Designs, Becky Vandenberg of U Create, and Kari Sweeten, Jen Hadfield, of The Crafting Chicks. 

I loved all of it; and, I came home with three new UFOs.  But, it was all worth it.

This was their first Fabric Fest, attended by over 300 sewers.  I don't know when they will be holding their next one; but, I want to be in line early when it's announced.

However, I can now show you my first "Secret" project I had been working on.  A C-R-A-F-T friend needed some friendly hugs.  This collection of hearts was mailed to me.  I assembled them, added the border and quilted it.  And, I'm sure she is now wrapping herself with our hugs.

Have a great weekend and

Quilt happy,



Jenny said...

Your Riley Blake retreat sounds marvellous love the bag you made.
Pam's heart quilt is lovely somehow I missed the call for hearts for her.
See you soon

hetty said...

Wow! You certainly packed lots into your 4 days! That big stitch project looks interesting. I think I would like to try that. And the heart quilt is fabulous. You did a great job of putting it together and quilting it.

Bev C said...

Hello Marilyn

4 days of fun and lots of lovely projects, especially love that travel bag.
Have fun finishing your projects.

Happy days.

Barb said...

Sounds totally fabulous and your heart quilt is just awesome!!

Karen Mallory said...

Glad you had a fun week at the Riley Blake retreat! So what are a few more UFO's! LOL
Pams quilt turned out fantastic and you made our hearts look spectacular!! Thanks for doing that for Pam.
hugs karen

Needled Mom said...

That sounds like such fun. I LOVE the heart quilt!!!

Judy said...

Oh Marilyn Again I am so jealous but if they have it there next year a friend and I are going to come..she has a friend that lives in Vegas who also attended Riley Blake fun ....she will stay with her while my dear husband and I will stay at the hotel so we can come and go as we please without much problem....the hugs quilt come out stunning also I love what you did with the borders....hugs

Beeshebags said...

Jealous jealous cool that you got to go along and meet all those 'idols' from the net that we all have....ok so you got more ufo's but that's what we all thrive on isn't it? lol

Thanks so much for putting all the hearty hugs together on our behalf for the wonderful Pam...muchly appreciated.