There is a small second hand store we wandered around in. All the proceeds of the shop goes to the community volunteer fire department. They earned enough to purchase a big tanker truck last year. We, of course, found a few things we couldn't live without. Gil found a music book that is geared for the piano and the guitar, which are two of his favorites. I found an old wine rack that I hope to use in my studio as a storage unit for my one yard cuts of fabric. I also found some old crocheted doilies that were very, very reasonable. Cheap is probably the better term. One was only 25 cents. I have been collecting them for a while. When I have enough, I will sew them all onto different blocks of fabric and put them into a quilt. It will be a good thing. We also found a set of Sundae glasses for only $1.25 for the four glass set. Pretty good. Only problem is, we never buy ice cream any more. I guess I will have to try putting pudding or Jello in them instead.
We did go to the quilt show first, though. Priorities, you know. Again Brownsville is quite small. The quilt show is held in their community center, which is a two story building. The top floor, which is the main floor as you come in out of the parking lot, is where most of the quilts were and the vendors. The room is small and quite crowded. I took one picture from up on the stage, so you can see the size. The other floor is downstairs. There they had some very spicy chili, according to Gil. While I went to a demonstration, he went to check out the chili. There are also more quilts downstairs.
There were only two quilt store vendors. One was the Angel Quilters shop from Lincoln CA. The other one is a shop that is always at that quilt show and I have forgotten their names. They have great panels and good pricing. Angel Quilters has become one of my favorite quilt shops. It is out in the country and carries oodles and oodles of bolts of fabric. I love them because they buy the whole line of fabric or at least enough that you can do a complete quilt without having to look for other fabrics to coordinate with them. I spent quite a bit of time talking with the owner.
Well on to the quilts. As you know, I cannot go to a quilt show and not take pictures. Here is a representation of the quilts on display there. Oh they also had a doll show going on, so there are few pictures of them, too.
The above picture was the first that we saw of the quilts and dolls. Cute display.
Needle-turn applique. It had some 7,000 pieces as reported on the information tag. I was amazed that it had that many pieces, but I was more amazed that someone actually took the time to count them all. Beautiful quilt.
The above quilt is from the featured quilter. I loved the colors she used in this quilt.
The above dress was magnificently done. It has beading all over the dress. Just beautiful.
I hope you enjoy seeing the quilts from the shows as much as I love going to the shows and taking the pictures. Going to shows always makes me come home and want to do something creative. Since seeing that show, I have finished a Halloween quilt that was supposed to be a gift for my son and his girl friend and finished my little chick quilt. I just finished binding that quilt this morning. As soon as someone comes home to hold it up so I can get a picture of it, I will post it here for all to see. When I finish here, I am going to make some Christmas pillows. See. I should go to a quilt show every weekend and then I would get more done each week.
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