There are so many people who help make Baltimore on the Prairie successful. Some of those people are the sponsors who have donated gifts for door prizes. Some sponsors have even sent a gift for each attendee! We are very appreciative of the donations they send. For those of you who are attending in 2013, this will be a sneak preview of some of the door prizes and for everyone else, this is a sampling of what is donated. This is also a shout out to the businesses and individuals who so graciously support the conference.
After the door prizes, you will be introduced to Lyn Bourne-Weick whose shop "More Sew For You - a Quilt Shop" will be the vendor at Baltimore on the Prairie this year.
Who doesn't like gift certificates? Calico House (http://thecalicohouse.blogspot.com/) from Lincoln, NE donated 2 of them. Sunshine Stitches (http://www.sunshinestitches.com/ from Omaha, NE is providing a Moda jelly roll and 2 Moda patterns books with fabric samples along with a 20% discount coupon to all attendees. The commemortative tin purse, which would make a wonderful project caddy is a gift from Coats & Clark (http://www.coatsandclark.com/).
And there are more gift certificates from Quilted Kitty (http://www.quiltedkitty.com/) in Lincoln, NE and Sew Creative (http://www.sewcreative-ne.com/) in Omaha, NE. Sew Creative also donated the Bloc-Loc ruler The Cosmic Cow, also from Lincoln, (http://www.cosmiccowfabricsandquilting.com/) donated 2 sets of fat quarters. Those who are traveling on the bus trip to the International Quilt Study Center will also get to shop at the Cosmic Cow.
What is the next best thing to fabric? Why, chocolate, of course! Just 5 miles down the road from the conference is a wonderful candy shop called Baker's Chocolates (http://www.bakerscandies.com/) where not only do they sell chocolates and candy but also make them there. It has been known of people making several trips to Baker's during the week of the conference!
Blank Quilting (http://www.blankquilting.com/) donated 6 gift bags with fat quarters, template plastic and a pattern along with several yards of their fabric. Two "Quilter's Hangup's" which are premade quilt sleeves are from Teri Cowan (http://www.quiltershangup.com/)
It was like Christmas when opening the package sent by Melissa Mattz of Honeybee Fabrics. What a wonderful selection of gifts! First a beautiful ribbon embroidery book by Helen Gibb, patterns by Quilter's Paradise, a very interesting embroider book by Gailen Runge..........and more.
The gifts continue with a book of patterns from the Sara Rhodes Dillow collection, Flags of the American Revolution by Jan Patek, a collection of Pigma pens and several assorted patterns.
A quilter can't be without batting and we thank Fairfield for their gift of 3 different quilt batts. Quilter's Delight of Holdrege, NE also donated a gift certificate. There are no worries if the gift certificate winners aren't able to visit the shops as they all are very happy to mail order anything from their shops.
From time to time we receive gifts from anonymous donors. The above and below are complete wool applique kits.
The same donor also sent a wonder array of patterns, including one of Lori Smith's patterns.
YLI donated a gift certificate which can be sent in for 4 spools of their quilting thread or silk 100 thread. Other items will be arriving and of course, the teachers are very generous with their patterns.
Each year at Baltimore on the Prairie at least one vendor is on site for the attendees' shopping pleasure. The vendors are always very helpful in providing supplies that attendees may have forgotton or couldn't find at their local quilt shop along with lots of goodies from their shops. We are happy to invite Lyn Bourne-Weick of "More Sew For You - A Quilt Shop" from Omaha as the vendor for 2013.
The shop is now in a new location: 14440 F Street in Omaha, NE ( http://www.moresewforyou.com/). As the shop is now located in the western part of Omaha, it will be easier and quicker to shop there over the lunch break! The following photos were taken the day before the new location was officially open. Along with having the knack of choosing beautiful fabrics, Lyn and her staff are excellent decorators and now that they've had time to get acclimated to the new space, it is more charming than ever.
And that's just a sampling of what awaits at "More Sew For You"!
As this is being written, the conference is only 3 weeks away! Final preparations are being made and we are so much looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
Be on the lookout for the next blog which will be posted September 16. It will showcase the faculty and their projects for 2014. They'll knock your socks off! Also on the 16th, registration for 2014 begins that day and the website: www.baltimoreontheprairie.tresajones.com will be updated with the registration form and lots of conference information.