Quilt! Knit! Stitch! was a chance to do a new show and to have a little family vacation! The drive up to Portland, Oregon, was fun and not too long. We stopped many places along the way to see parts of the country we hadn’t seen before. I think our daughter enjoyed it, too.
I had taken many projects to work on in the “Chic-amobile,” but really only worked on the Chic-a Quilt. It was fun to sew the hexagons together. The tinted reading glasses worked really well — except when I wanted to look out the window!
We arrived a couple days before the show, so we were able to relax and spend some enjoyable time with my aunt and uncle, who live nearby. We also took advantage of the two days to set up just how we wanted: The first morning, we put up the structure of the booth, and the second morning we put out the product. This worked well, because it gave us the afternoons to relax. The Oregon Convention Center is a nice facility, and all the people who work there seem very friendly and helpful.
The show ran from Thursday through Saturday. Amazingly, our booth was close to the entrance. This was a first for us! We are usually in the back. We had a lot of traffic, and it was fun to show our products to people who hadn’t seen them before. My aunt was a huge help in the booth, and it was so nice to have her around and spend “working” time with her. My daughter has mastered the cash register, so she was the check-out person! My husband is a great sport, and he has his favorite items he likes to demonstrate. It was a great family affair!
The show itself was heavy on the quilting, with a handful of the knitting/yarn booths. That wasn’t really a surprise, though — it was sort of what I was expecting. I think there was a plenty to see and take in. The quilts and projects that were on display were amazing and beautiful. There were fashion shows, classes and demonstrations going on each day. There was a lot of fabric, tools, sewing machines, yarn and accessories to look at.
Everything was so creative, colorful and inspiring. For a first-time show, I think it was a success. There are things to work on and improve upon for next year, but isn’t that almost always the case?
By the time we were ready to leave and head home, we were pretty tired. We had spent a week with my aunt and uncle and their dog, Henry, and done a three-day show! We had originally planned to drive home in three days and see Crater Lake. That changed once we hit the road. Our minds were ready to be home, so we did the drive in two days. We just wanted to get home, sleep in our own beds and see the cats — all of which we did !
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I had a chance to walk the Chicago Quilt Festival a couple weeks ago. I met up with my friend Susan, owner of Red Gate Stitchery, and we walked the show together. It was a lot of fun — and very eye-opening into the world of quilting. I have been sewing since I was a little kid, but I have never done a quilt.
The quilts that were on display were amazing. I can’t even imagine how many hours of work were represented in the quilts that I saw. I took pictures of some of my favorites:
The show was fun and very colorful. I think could see Chic-a’s products fitting into the quilt world sometime in the near future!
While I was there, I knew I wanted to look into English Paper Piecing. My knitting friend, Christina, had showed me this technique a while back — and I wanted to explore it.
I found a booth, The Quilted Forest, that was explaining how this process works and they were selling all the pieces! Well, that was great and I got everything so I could get started in the hotel room that night.
The Quilted Forest’s owner Shelley Robson had suggested using the glue stick instead of sewing around the folded edges. That did prove to be easier, but when I started to sew the hexagons together, I ran into trouble. The next day, I went back to Shelley’s booth, and she got me all back on track. She told me to sew them together from the back — good idea!
I think this is going to be fun to learn, but I plan to use bigger than 1″ hexagons. Bigger will cover more space more quickly! I guess it just keeps in line with how I don’t like to knit small things and I don’t like sewing small things…
Anyway, I have decided I am going to start a project using this method. This should be quite an interesting journey, so stay tuned for an update soon!
So crazy about these clever little iPhone and camera cases!
Hand-stitched by artist Hine Mizushima, these cases reflect retro styles—rotary phones, old-school cameras—but will hold your new technology.
“Thinking of the color combinations for the felt, thread, and buttons is a very important and enjoyable part of my creations,” Hine says. “I make the cases by myself, with needles and thread, from start to finish, and I’m a slow crafter, so it takes long time to make them.”
Hine, who was born and raised in Japan but now lives in Vancouver, is a crafter, designer, illustrator, needle felter, and stop-motion artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She has also created several official music videos for the band They Might Be Giants.
“I really love materials like felt, wool, yarn, and patterned fabrics and papers,” Hine says. “When I’m not making new items for my shop, I’m usually working on felt sculptures for exhibitions, or illustrations, or stop-motion videos. I hope my work can make people smile.”
As an artist who works through various mediums and has traveled the world, Hine is a great example of a crafter who has many outlets and tries new things. Her advice to crafters?
“Try to make things that you love, and make things that nobody else has ever made! Take beautiful photographs of your work, with sunlight and love!”
Chic-a was founded in 2007 by Joanna Reyes. Born out of an idea to create something practical, yet fun and colorful for knitting and crochet projects, Joanna designed and crafted the Quick Draw Project Bag. Responding to immediate popularity, Joanna continued to develop products to meet the growing demand, and out of this, Chic-a was born.
After 10 wonderful years in business and meeting countless amazing people who have helped make this venture possible, the Chic-a offices are closing their doors. Our products will no longer be manufactured, but you can still find some in retail stores. Click here to find one near you.
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