Quilt Show in Castle Rock Colorado by Firehouse Quilts

I spent all of yesterday at the quilt show in Castle Rock Colorado which was hosted by the Firehouse Quilts organization:

http://www.firehousequilts.org/about-2
If you are ever looking for a great charitable organization to send your quilt tops or quilts to they are certainly worthy.
I did two quilting classes and the first one of the day was the first quilting class I have ever taken, so it was the first time I had ever packed up all my sewing stuff and sewn away from my home! Here is how it all looked once packed:
 I didn't even forget anything important! And this is how it looked once i was all set up and ready for class:

 In my first class we started a flying geese table runner, these are my batik jelly roll strips:
 And this is how it was starting to look:
 That project has been added to my UFO pile to hopefully complete this week!

Then in the second class we started an Itty Bitty Lone Star mini quilt:

 We were using the easy pellon cheat for this project and it was great, but I only got a quarter of the star done (so did the other participants) so it is another UFO!

But then I had time to admire the quilts on display in the exhibition hall, here are some of my favourites:











 After that I perused the stalls, my favorite of which was the stall in which Firehouse Quilts was selling some of it's old library stock:


I got all these books and magazines as well as a couple of Jennifer Chiaverini novels all for $76, I won't run out of reading material to inspire me for quite some time!

The ladies from Firehouse Quilts who were taking the Lone Star Class with me told me about this quilt store:
 It is a wonderful shop that resells people's leftover quilting fabrics!! OMG it is basically a fabric exchange. I bought 4 crazy 8 packs (eight fat 1/8s for $6.50) and a $5 scrap bag:




I also got 2 more Jennifer Chiaverini novels to add to my collection, but my favorite purchase was a batik scrap bag for $3.50:
 My dogs went crazy when I tipped it out on the floor to assess what I had in the bag!

 They really thought I'd let them keep it all I think! But once i sorted through it I was so excited, all the fabrics are wonderful and it is such a varied selection it is perfect for making a batik crazy quilt block! I can't wait to start on this block and see how it turns out, then I may have to go back and get more of these bags!

Then on the way home we stopped at a thrift store I know has bags of scrap fabric so I could get some to restock my stash that I have made quite a dent in lately. I bought four bags for $11 and got all this:
There are some absolutely gorgeous fabrics amongst it that will inspire new quilting ideas, that is one of my favorite types of inspiration; get one piece of scrap fabric I like and design a quilt to suit that one piece! 
It was a big day!




Comments

  1. OH! I just love the colors of your runner. I had wanted to go to that show, but the Black Forest Fire put us into evacuation mode and threw everything haywire for a few weeks. So thanks for sharing some pictures. :) I'm really looking forward to visiting the Capitol display!

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  2. So sorry you missed it under those circumstances Lyn! The show was great! I am looking forward to the capitol show as well, it is my first time seeing it, so I am excited :-)

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