Now with the Australian Shadows quilt under my belt, I know exactly what to do with bold, busy prints - make them the showcase using shadows and simple shapes!
So I picked up a good collection of colors and textures. And another vendor decided to discount her fat quarters to $1.00 each on the last day and of course, I couldn't resist a deal like that!
And here's the real motherload:
These are packs of embellishments and hand painted faces from Karen Pharr Studios. I've been wanting to experiment with more embellishment on the surface of my quilts, especially adding unique fibers and beads. I'm planning to play with these new goodies on Hot Cast once she's been completely quilted, painted, and bound.
Karen's painted faces really caught my eye because I've had a continual idea to make a few small goddess dolls lately, but felt troubled by the face and head section. I kept visualizing stitching a face on with beads and now I can!
Best of all was Karen herself who is an awesome quilter, teacher, and business owner. As soon as I saw her booth, I knew I wanted to hang out for awhile, but didn't have much time.
I explained exactly what I was looking for - bright red, orange, and gold threads and embellishments - and Karen looked around while I was in class. I came back at lunch when I had more time to shop and Karen had a selection ready for me. I really loved her booth and all the samples she had and snapped this photo of her in the middle of it all:
So that's the main haul from the Myrtle Beach Quilt Party! Now I just need to get all this fabric into the wash for a good prewash and then hung up with the stash in the quilting room. I hope I have enough hangers!
Let's go quilt,