This past Monday, I attended the International Textile Show, not to be confused with the International Quilt Market, which was last weekend. The International Textile Show is in Los Angeles and features exhibitors that represent textiles, trims, accessories, and designs from all over the world. Three of my favorite manufacturers were there: Alexander Henry, Michael Miller, and Robert Kaufman. The Alexander Henry showroom had me at HELLO. I'm very excited about all of the up and coming prints from the Alexander Henry collection. I think I placed my biggest order yet with AH. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pics for you all. My mind was in a fabric frenzy and it wasn't until afterward that I thought about sharing my finds. Sorry:(
However, I do have to share with you a new toy I bought (that's what she said). As my mom and I turned a corner on the way out, my eyes suddenly had tunnel vision and
zeroed in on the Gold Star Tool booth. It was as if the entire booth was illuminated with a bright light and an angelic choir singing aaaah in the background. There, stood a man of fairly large stature, cutting fabric with an electric rotary cutter. The layers of fabric he could cut at one time was unfathomable for me to imagine had I not seen it first hand. David the rep, asked me if I wanted to give it a try. In a trance like state, I walked over and gave it a try. The electric cutter sliced through the fabric like butter. David was already packing one up and writing a receipt for me before I ever committed to buying it. Normally this would annoy me, but I was hooked like a newborn to it's Mama. He knew it and I knew it. Plus, he gave me a good deal ;).
There she is... Bessy.
Now, I can cut multiple apron pieces at one time, fat quarter bundles in just a couple of swoops, and I can swiftly cut the selvage off of my sewing projects to save for my selvage project. Very thrilling indeed! Yes, I will be careful as to not accidentally swoop off a finger.
Before I run off looking for more fabric to cut, I wanted to announce that I will be having a FREAKY Friday fabric giveaway on Halloween this Friday. So be sure to tune in!