Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Portland shopping spree!

Pictures of the stuff I bought to add to my stash.
New patterns I love!

I just returned home from a whirlwind trip to Portland yesterday. I have sort of a "job" that I have been "invited" to do. I'll try and explain, but pay attention, it is a little tricky! My wonderful Sister-in-law Melanie, (who is really the closest thing I have to a sister, since I was the only girl, and grew up with 5 brothers), has a sister, Kim. She has a manufacturing business in which she has to buy copious amounts of fabric on a regular basis. I'm not telling you what the business is, because it's shroud in secrecy. I asked her if I could blog about it, and she said "No!!!", so that's all I'm going to say. Anyhow, when she goes on fabric buying trips, she invites Melanie and I to go along and be her employees, because she thinks we have such incredibly good taste (LOL) that we can help her pick out coordinating fabrics. Kim's friend (and now our friend), also goes to buy for her own quilting business, "Quilts and then some." She is the funnest 72 year young person you will ever meet. We stay laughing with Ellen around!A new oil cloth bag, and lots of notions!
We went to Houston quilt market last fall, and had a wonderful time seeing the new fabric lines, and meeting designers. That trip was far less expensive, because you can't really buy fabric at the show.
This week was a little different, as we went to E.E. Schenk's "Trends" show. They are a distributor, and have bolts of fabric on clearance, and new stuff as well.
We drove 14 hours to get to Portland, which didn't seem as bad going, as it did coming home, when we were sandwiched in with about 100+ bolts of fabric!My small portion of the bolts of fabric we had to ride home with!
It is truly a sight to see us running around grabbing fabric bolts and matching it up with other bolts. We are really loud, and obnoxious, yelling across the warehouse, "Look what I found!" I could always locate Kim, because her phone would ring non stop!
Your arms get tired, and you get a little dirty, but it really is the funnest "job" I've ever had.

Saturday we had tickets to go and see the Broadway show Wicked. It really was as fabulous as I had heard. The story is cleaver, the music and sets are out of this world. It was the highlight of the trip, if you can believe it's better than buying fabric! I forgot my camera, so I couldn't even take a picture before it began, but if you have a chance to see it, DON"T MISS IT! It is fabulous, beyond!

Here is another thing I'm working on. We have a dear friend in our stitching group, that found out she has breast cancer. We are all stitching a part of this needlework set to give to her. We are all praying for a safe and quick recovery. I changed the colors to match a purse that Melanie made. I don't think she reads my blog, so I hope I won't spoil the surprise by showing this early!

Have a great day to all!


Rachel said...

Looks like you had a successful shopping trip! I can just imagine you guys running around a fabric warehouse - LOL

Siobhan said...

Wow, what a great job! ;) It sounds like a fabulous time. Great stash haul, too. Lovely stitching for your friend--I'll keep her in my prayers.

Dot said...

Sounds like my kind of fun! However, I enjoyed the other part (tending Zach and Cambry.) They are so polite and helpful. Time went fast.

Susan said...

Ooh - I love that needleworker set you are stitching for your friend with breast cancer.

It sounds like you had a nice trip!

PS - thanks for your comments on my blog!

Carin said...

Wow, you bring a lots of stash home with you. The needleworker set will be very lovely for your friend. Lots of prayers for your friend.

Thank you for comments on my blog.

PS I like your car!

Deb said...

Loraine - Thanks so much for making the comment about my quilts on my blog. You and I have a lot of the same tastes! I have to tell you that when I came across your blog and saw your start on the Home Sweet Home quilt, it took my breath away, because I bought the book and have wanted to start it. The only thing holding me back it that it was appliqued (not my forte'), but I'm going to have to give this a second thought. It would be a great project to work on during the summer while I'm in the car waiting for my kids! Hmmmmm. Anyway, I love all your projects (I'm working on Shores too). And your quilting haul! Nothing better than a bunch of fabric! And I can't wait to see progress pics.

Heather said...

Hey, I live in Portland :) I am glad you had such a fun trip, fabric shopping is always great.