After perusing some of the exhibits, I started checking out the vendor booths. The first order of business - find quilting thread for my Waterlily Pond quilt, appropriately named "Riverbank" I also found "Heiroglyphs" for my Trip to New England quilt, and "Statue" to use as my bobbin thread when I quilt them. Please don't mind the cat fur... :)
I was pleasantly surprised when I swung by the Moda Bake Shop booth, and they gave me a cute little needlebook.
Then I found that Marti Michell's daughter, Stacey, had a booth at the show. I've been wanting to try this (Shades SoftFuse) since I got an email about it - the model piece felt much softer than what you get with Steam a Seam 2 or Heat n Bond lite and I've heard very good things about it, so I'm looking forward to checking it out for myself.
After that, we had some lunch, browsed through a fabric shop downtown, then hopped a shuttle bus for Hancock's of Paducah. My plan was to find some brown border fabric for my One Block Wonder quilt. I found that plus a yard of cream print (stash builder), the charm squares for one baby quilt, a jelly roll for another, plus a neutral fabric that I plan to use as sashings and borders on the baby quilts (it's very soft).
Once the shuttle bus came back around, it was time for a couple more exhibits and vendors in a couple of abandoned retail buildings near the mall - they had to move several of the exhibits, vendors, and classes to other venues because of the possibility of flooding of the Convention Center. I didn't get to see as many things as I would have liked, simply because of all of the time spent waiting for shuttles or in transit, but I was glad I got these two locations in before the end of the day.
I could not pass up these embroidery scissors, they were just too pretty, and too funny - they were at The Quilting Squares' booth (they're from Franklin, TN, a mere 30 minute drive from me). I also picked up a few notions that I've had on my list.
On the drive back, everyone on the bus got at least one fat quarter from Marita (or bus trip organizer and new quilt shop owner!), and I picked this fun dots fabric.
We played lots of trivia games on the way up there and back, and at the very end of the trip I won this project organizer! The trivia question was, "What does the term frogging mean?" My hand shot up in the air so fast, and I got to say, "Rip it, rip it, rip it!" Too much experience with that one not to win... :/