This past Tuesday and Wednesday 27 members of my quilt club went on a fabric shopping trip by bus throughout northern Michigan. We visited 10 shops. We spent the night at the Little River Casino in Manistee. Jan who arranged the trip got us rooms for $75, which included $18 per person in the evening and another $18 in the morning to be used in the casino. I was able to win about $38 on the penny machine, so my half of the room was really free. I roomed with Linda, she won closer to $50. The sad part is neither of us really knew what we were doing on the slot machines.
Jan had made arrangements with all the quilt shops, so they were expecting us. Most of the shops had special discounts, tutorials, goodie bags and munchies. Jan did a great job in planning the trip. It was a quilter's dream trip.
I purchased some quilting tools, fabric and quite a few patterns. I bought the following pattern in Traverse City. It isn't based on a sweatshirt, instead it has a muslin lining which is made first to test the size. The shop had a sample on display and it looked sharp. Hopefully someday I will complete one.
I found this pattern in either Charlevoix or Petoskey. I think the fabric I found in Williamsburg might look good in the wall hanging.
I bought this pattern and fabric for the border in Williamsburg. I think this shop had the biggest selection of quilting fabric I've ever seen.
I've finally finished a project using the jewelry tools I got from Ang last fall. I'm working on another project but it's more complicated. I found the big beads on Etsy. I think the earrings will look good with the jacket I posted on April 21.