Wednesday, October 28, 2009
But, DON'T WORRY -- if you need a daily fix, I'll continue to post every day on the Rita's Sew Fun blog. And, yes, the "Imagine" video showing many of the quilts from the Houston Quilt Festival (including the John Lennon quilt) is posted over on the rita blog. You have to scroll down and click on "older posts" to see the quilt show video...
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thank you Jenny for the great interview in Houston! We're looking forward to seeing Simon in Puyallup...
And, thank you --blog visitors -- for coming here and playing my blogging game. I'll post something here about Expo vendors every Tuesday. (Yes, I do write on the ritassewfun blog every single day...)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Dear Pacific Fabric Customers,
HEY -- did the Pacific Fabrics newsletter bring you here? I hope you can open the video in the next post-- it was an interview I did with the Pacific Fabrics crew at Quilt Market last week.
Please visit the ritassewfun.blogspot.com -- where I write a new post every day. Today I posted my BEST SLIDE SHOW EVER....it is my tribute to the most creative people in the world -- sewers. In this case, quilters. I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT...and I hope you like it, too.
There will be a new post on this blog every Tuesday. So please keep coming back!!!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
So -- TUNE IN every Tuesday to see my "guest video blogger"...it will be somebody who is coming to the 2010 Sewing & Stitchery EXPO...
Last week, my first video was of Superior Threads -- and Jan & Bonne WANT TO BUY THAT STUFF, BOB!! (he's traveling, girls -- be patient).
Today, please help me welcome the crew from Pacific Fabrics...
Monday, October 19, 2009
Apparently, while I'm in Houston, Jan & Bonne are at a sewing event in California. They sent me this pic of YET ANOTHER TOTEBAG...these two just don't quit...is't it beautiful? It's called the "Jan here"...bag. It looked pretty cool plopped in the garden, don't you think?
And now I'm back in Iowa and the girls are probably back in Washington. It's a very small world we live in, isn't it??
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Okay. Enough whining. I just want to say that I ended up downloading RANDOM photos -- and then writing a bit of text to go with the pictures. My thinking was -- hey -- if I took the picture in the first place, I must have thought there was something interesting about it, eh??
I'm delighted to have some pictures of the outside of the George R. Brown convention center in Houston. This is a HUGE, HUGE PLACE...I'm standing on the street -- looking to the south....
Then, from the same position, this picture is looking to the north...
Hey -- this is a great shot of our Schmetz Booth at Quilt Market. After Rhonda got it all set up. An excellent corner location. Beautiful!!
One of my favorite things to do (besides taking pictures of the Hey Rita tote) is taking a picture of my FOOT on a thing that says where I am or what I'm doing. It was interesting in New York City...maybe it doesn't play as well here...lol...
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Although I had some trouble (and it may not be over yet!) -- I really do appreciate the fact that six of you took the time and energy to email me tips and advice!! Sewers are the BEST, y'know?? Thanks for sticking with me...and I hope this little video makes sense...
Friday, October 16, 2009
THANKS for sharing, Jan!! I had NO IDEA you were a lumberjack!! You and your jacket seem to be having a fine time. I'm quite sure you take the prize for "most interesting lumberjack jacket in the entire Pacific Northwest."
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Imagine my surprise when she said, "Look inside"...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Be sure to visit my Rita's Sew Fun blog (ritassewfun.blogspot.com)
I just put up a wonderful slide show with some of my favorite QUILTS from Quilt Festival in Houston. I write on the Rita's Sew Fun blog every single day -- and posts will go up on this show blog once a week (usually on Tuesdays).
THANKS for coming!!
On set-up day, I took about 50 pictures of booths that were being built. One of my "funny shots" was of this cardboard cutout of Mark Lipinski in the Northcott fabric booth. I made a mental note to look him up during Market, and hopefully get an interview with him...
Imagine my surprise and DISAPPOINTMENT when I heard Mark had resigned from his magazine!! Last night, I went on to the hotel computer to confirm that story -- and on his website he announced that he not only quit his magazine, but he was no longer associated with Quilt Out Loud or QNN TV. Hey -- that was all news to me -- so I'm pretty sure it's news to you, too!! BUT -- I'm pretty sure Mark has some bigger and better things in the works, so I'll keep you posted.
The next picture is a candid moment with the Pacific Fabrics crew...there they are, eating a gigantic baked potato with Amy Barackman. What were they talking about?? OF COURSE -- THE SEWING AND STITCHERY EXPO...I have an interview with Amy -- so you'll be hearing lots more about what she's bringing to Puyallup in future posts!!
P.S. Of course, they all coveted my bag...I had to keep a good eye on Amy to make sure she didn't hijack Hey Rita...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sure enough, on the very first day of the show -- here's Luveta Nickels in her booth with bells on her toes. (and recycled jeans everywhere else..)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The first one is of a big machine display area -- the Janome advance team was setting up this electrical octopus when I strolled by their booth. You will be amazed at the "after" shot...
This is what the typical booth areas look like on the pre-show day. Every aisle is full of huge wooden crates with merchandise...people could live inside these things...
Friday, October 9, 2009
SO -- I'm wondering how I can tell the Quilt Market story with NO pictures??
Today was Schoolhouse. This is an entire day of mini-classes for quilt shop owners. Some 15 minute sessions, others 30 minutes. Manufacturers, designers, pattern companies -- they all have some new product or fabric to pitch. The "Schoolhouse Listing" booklet is available at 8:00 in the morning -- and the line-up is about a mile long. Then, for the next two hours, all the attendees sit on steps, chairs, the floor -- all over the big George R. Brown convention center -- circling the sessions they want to attend.
There are no advance sign-ups (each room seats about 100) -- so some classes have standing room only with people spilling out into the halls.
For example -- Eleanor Burns had two rooms completely jam packed. I AM SO EXCITED to have her coming to Puyallup next year! Tomorrow, I hope to interview her for the next newsletter (due out in 2 weeks).
Linda McGehee did a schoolhouse session about her new zippers. And I think I got a FABULOUS PHOTO of Linda & me...(you'll just have to take my word for it, eh??)...
Mostly, I got a lot of great shots of the show floor going together. It really is amazing how much work is involved in building a big show like this. Many thousands of man/woman hours, that's for sure. When I get home, maybe I can put all the pictures into a slide show for you to see.
A LOT of your favorite vendors are down here in Houston this week. Believe me -- these are some of the hardest working women in America...and I am sooo glad they do what they do....my hat is off to them!!
And here I am, having a visit with Elvis...
As I was walking down a long corridor of the Memphis airport, a woman came up behind me and said, "Hey, Rita!" I turned to say hello -- and was pretty sure I'd never seen her before. She laughed and said, "well, that's what your bag says"...
More about Quilt Market tomorrow. I took a few pictures of the booths BEFORE they get all beautified...
It's just not possible to understand HOW MUCH WORK IT IS to set up a big show...
Thursday, October 8, 2009
From Millcreek Sewing -- the hostesses of the event -- the dynamic and creative duo of Judy and Kate. (they sat in these rockers for exactly 15 seconds...)
I, on the other hand, spent about 20 minutes in MY rocker...
This is a picture of Judy, Kate and me in my recycled JEANS right before our Saturday Night ya ya show...
Outside the auditorium -- just before sundown -- I heard "clop-clop-clop" -- and got there just in time to take this picture of the horse-drawn "Newlywed" buggy...
I'm tellin' ya -- Chautauqua is like stepping back in time...I seriously want to go back to that wonderful place...
Anybody looking for a caretaker??
HEY -- tomorrow, if all goes well, I'm gonna actually LINK YOU UP with some veeerrrry interesting video!! Keep your fingers crossed...
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
But, maybe you can see that it has some fabulous zebra stripes on the non-sequins side. Of course, there are t-shirt fringes as well...
Never mind...I'll take a picture next time I wear it. You've GOT to read the "message"...
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We begin at the wonderful Country Fare restaurant in Myerstown, Pennsylvania. Every woman in America knows that a "girls day out" must start with a RESTAURANT BREAKFAST!!
Yes -- that is scrapple you see on my plate. I could not resist taking a picture. Because the waitress actually said these words, "would you like that deep fried?" REALLY?? THAT'S AN OPTION?? I said, YES, PLEASE!!
Although I don't know what it might "morph" into -- I loved the large graphic of this pink flower on the black skirt. Isn't it beautiful? Even though it's a size 6 -- I could not resist!
Hummm...maybe it'll morph into part of my pink & red outfit for the Sunday Morning chairty event? You just NEVER know what you're going to find at a thrift store! And isn't that the fun of it??
Monday, October 5, 2009
Oh, yeah -- I seriously LOVE THESE OUTFITS...Be sure to check out the new slide show at the bottom of the blog page. This totebag has had a VERY BUSY MONTH!!
AND -- hey -- how about this wonderful jeans recycle project? The picture isn't great -- that's my fault -- but the skirt itself was wonderful!!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
(Note: Because I was traveling, I scheduled this post in advance -- and wouldn't you know I make a reference to David Letterman and THAT'S THE VERY DAY he admits to having multiple affairs with co-workers. Wow...that felt like quite a coincidence...)
I hope to take some pictures of vendors who will be coming to Sew Expo -- and maybe they'll give me some advance scoop about what they're bringing to the 2010 show!
Although I'll only be at Quilt Festival for one day -- if you'll be at the George R. Brown -- EMAIL ME and we'll get together for a cup of coffee!!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
My husband and I have been traveling all summer in our motor home. We've been home a couple of weeks and I am trying to catch up on all the news on the internet. I see where you had a jeans recycle challenge. I just thought I would send you what I did with some old jeans that I have saved over the years. I took the back leg of the jeans as they are less worned than the front leg. I just entered it in ASG's National Sewing Month contest. I thought you might like to see also. I love coming to the Sewing Expo every year. I used to live in the state of Washington so it was easy for me to come. I now live in Green Valley, AZ but I still come for a girl's 5-night vacation. Keep up the good work.
Rita says -- Hey, Sue -- THANKS SO MUCH for taking the time to write. And I LOVE your jacket. I promise you -- I will recognize it in Puyallup if you wear it. Maybe we should make one day a denim- recycle-challenge-day. Think about it, ladies...
Friday, October 2, 2009
When I decided the back pocket needed some decoration -- the problem is always the same. It's a lot of work to actually REMOVE the pocket. Or -- I could just decorate the pocket through all the thicknesses -- thus, losing it as a pocket. Hummm. THEN I decided to compromise. In this picture -- you can see I just cut down two sides of the pocket, leaving it attached at the bottom.
After I added a layer of zebra stripe fabric, I restitched the two side seams then cut a design out of the denim.
Also -- I confused some of you with my early photos. Originally, the jeans I was recycling had red and blue calico reverse applque.
But, obviously, at some point, I decided it HAD TO BE ZEBRA STRIPE. So, yes, I cut away all the red and blue and placed a big piece of zebra stripe knit behind the denim. I loved it so much, I cut out some extra designs...fringed the sides...well, you know the rest...
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I had to let you know how much I love your blog! It is now part of my day. I found it through reading about the WSU expo because that is on my list of “things to do someday.” As sewing and fabrics are the great love of my life, I enjoy hearing about the things you and your buddies are doing. It inspires me to be more creative and more productive. I relate to what you write about—home, family, cooking, as well as the sewing, and besides, it IS just fun.
THANKS SO MUCH, Mary, for taking the time to write! I am De-lighted to hear that I have a regular reader in Flagstaff, Arizona. And we certainly hope the show moves UP YOUR LIST of 'things to do someday". y'know -- in 2010, Mary Mulari and I will be doing our "Midwest Ya ya Sister" show on Friday night. MAYBE THIS IS THE YEAR YOU SHOULD COME TO THE SHOW! What can we do to get you there??
Remember -- we have free parking!!