Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This little quilter is going to market!

Just 24 hours from now I'll be in Houston in the midst of the madhouse that becomes the International Quilt Market every fall. Boxes and crates everywhere. What's inside those boxes and crates? New fabrics, new patterns, new books and new ideas from the world's top textile companies and designers. Fall Market is where shop owners go to see what's new in Quiltland. How exciting is that?

Fall market is followed by Quilt Festival -- some of the same textile companies and designers, but Festival is open to the public. If you are lucky enough to attend, you'll have the latest news on what we'll be seeing next spring.

My latest book, Prize Quilts: The Omaha World-Herald Quilt Contests, will be introduced along with 10 other books in the Kansas City Star Quilts booth, #2046. Look for Prized Quilts in your local quilt shop now, or go the to see all the latest books from Kansas City Star Quilts.

Friday, October 4, 2013

A treasure in the mailbox

You know the saying, "buy it when you see it because it may not be there later"? I recently was browsing Missouri Valley (Iowa) Antique Mall and found a feed sack with a toy pig on the back. At first I thought it was just a flour sack, interesting because it said "Blair's" and my parents once lived in Blair, Nebraska, and the fact that the company was in Atchison, KS, near where I live. But I picked it up and turned it over and found a pig toy on the back. Yep -- a pig. Okay, that it made it more interesting, but I'm not really into pigs and I'm trying to wean myself from feed sacks. So I put it back and left the mall without the bag.

When I got home, I emailed a friend about the bag. She said she wished she had known about it. Apparently this type of bag is fairly rare. So I looked for these bags on the Internet. Nothing. No toy pig bag. No toy bags at all. What's with that? I know they made feed sacks with several different toys on the back. Dolls. Animals. Maybe this was rarer than I realized.

Of course that made me want the bag even more. So... I took a chance and called the mall. This lovely lady answered the phone and I told her about the bag. Would you believe she took the phone and walked down the aisle and found the very same bag?! Could I charge it on my credit card and would she mail it to me? Of course! SOLD!

Today I went to the mail box and there it was. This innocent little manilla envelop with a return address of Missouri Valley Antique Mall! And there it was. In absolutely perfect condition. I wonder how old this bag is. I searched the Internet and discovered that Blair Feeds is still in business. The company was started in 1867. Of course I emailed them to see if they could date my sack. Stay tuned for updates!