Vendor Shopping

Last week I had a stall at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza outside Philadelphia.  That has been my favorite show to shop for years, because I tend to see stuff there that I don’t find other places.  So, with Lucy Boston on my mind, here’s what I came home with:

img_1758.jpgFrom the French Connection, yardage of a sweet little print that will make an understated backing, and two hand-stamped Batiks from Handloom Batik.

img_1759.jpgAn Indian hand woven ikat, Philip Jacobs, more hand stamped batik, and more Philip Jacobs.  I so love these vibrant colors…img_1760.jpgBut I also love little traditional prints, especially shirting-types.  They just go so nicely with so many other things.  I bought the claret one from two different vendors on two different days, so the universe must be trying to tell me something about it…img_1761.jpgOh, French Connection, you slay me year after year with these sweet little prints…img_1763.jpgKathy Doughty on the left (I have a weakness for odd colors) another hand-loom that will be fun to fussy cut, a delicate Kaffe ikat, and the wheat, just because.  I also picked up (another) one of Kathy Doughty’s books, and I’ve loved looking through it.  She has a fabulous way with color!img_1764.jpgOh, these squirrels.  Who knows if I ever will use this, but I love squirrels and if you love squirrels, you have to buy this print.  img_1765.jpgThe French Connection again- they also have these gorgeous African fabrics.  The geometric designs just call to me and mallard blue is my color of the year, so it seems!img_1767More Tula.  If you’re familiar with Tula, you know that this print has big frog faces hidden in it.  Well I don’t want the froggies looking at me, but this part of the print is super sweet.  img_1769Ahhh, the vintage button lady.  Who also had some hankies.  Look at these!  I am so pleased to have them in my repertoire and I will have no qualms about cutting them up!  img_1770.jpgAnd, this little card of darning thread in the prettiest palate, from Brooklyn Haberdashery.  If I actually had stockings in all these colors to darn, I would be one fashionable lady, indeed!

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6 thoughts on “Vendor Shopping

  1. Wish I’d known you were there!! I made what felt like a whirlwind trip through the vendors, but I definitely would have stopped by to see you and your booth. Your purchases look like fun, too!!

  2. What a great haul you came home with some really sweet fabrics! Those hankies are just exquisite. Ikat woven fabrics I haven’t seen those anywhere but museum maybe I need to look harder? Would love to know more about how you use them…

    • Hi Frederick! Guess what? I’ll see Usha from Handloom Batiks (the vendor I got these from) again this weekend at the Lancaster MQG show! Would be happy to livestream her booth if you want to peruse 🙂 She and family hand stamp their batiks in a workroom in NY, then they trade with weavers in India for the ikats. She’s an incredible person ❤

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