I waffled until the last minute on whether I was going to the New Jersey Quilt Festival in Somerset, yesterday. All that mental energy while I debated with myself over the last few days - should I go, shouldn't I go? Gas is so expensive. I'm going to MQX next month, I shouldn't go to this one. I don't need anything. It's a long drive, etc. etc. I wound up going, and thanks to my new GPS, I made it without incident (well, there was one incident, but I think it was my fault, not the GPS. Like I keep telling my husband, I need a driver!)
I was at the show before the doors opened and was finished by 2pm. I did the vendors, looked at the quilts and sat in on two demonstrations. The first was for the AccuQuilt Go cutter and the second was on new notions. They were fun!
Like I said, I didn't need anything, but I managed to come home with stuff anyway.
Actually, I've been thinking about this for awhile and it was shown at the Notions demo, which of course, made me absolutely have to have it (those demos are great marketing tools!) This is the Olfa rotating 12" mat. The other night I was doing some cutting and kept having to move all around the cutting table and contorting my body. I was wishing I had this.
Collins Quilter's Threader. They don't last forever though, so I always pick up a package when I go to a quilt show. I have seen the price on these go up and up over the years. I remember they were around $2.00 a package when I started buying them at quilt shows. Yesterday, I paid over $3 - geesh! (Oh my, I see I can get them from Hancocks of Paducah for $1.49 a package - guess I got ripped off!!) I'll let that one go. I also had heard about a machine needle threader (because the ones on machines never work right (at least on my machines!). I finally found it. It's by Bohin. I also heard that their desk needle threader was pretty good, so I picked that up too. I tried them. They are awesome!
These cute little microfiber discs are for cleaning up threads, dust, etc. They were $1.00 each and in such pretty colors. I picked one up for me and one for my quilt-buddy-at-work, Lindsay.