Aurifil, Benartex, quilt shop, quilt shows, Superior Threads

Lancaster Purchases

The guys who were selling the Radiance fabric by Robert Kaufman purchase the PFD (prepared for dyeing) and dye their own colors.  Actually I think their mom does and they go out to vend.  When Cathy, Julie & I arrived on Thursday at Liberty (where vehicles get parked and the shuttle makes runs back & forth to the show) this was actually one of the last vendors I saw.  I can’t remember the shop right now and I’ll post when I do.

They carried several amazing lines including their own dyed.  I asked for purple and oranges however on Thursday they were already out of these colors!  I had to have this fabric…had to!…so I bought the pinks/burgundy.  Radiance is a cotton/silk blend, is shiny and has a lovely hand.

When we went back at the end of the day on Saturday I had to get more so I picked up the tan/creams…they look a little gray here because of the purple daiwabo on the ironing board where I took the photos.

Later on I stopped at That Thread Shop where these spools of Aurifil matched the Radiance fabrics so perfectly that I had to get them.  I like Aurifil as much as I like Superior threads, they glide through the machine well and are quite low lint.  I have in mind three tone on tone quilts that I’ll use the silk batting and perhaps – after watching Phillipa Naylor on The Quilt Show this morning – work in a little trapunto.  The goal is to have these little pieces and “Moon Over Manhattan” complete for the Village Squares Quilters Show in November.

On to the fabrics…the only fabric purchased with any kind of purpose in mind is the blue Moda Marble…that’s getting added to the back of Neens quilt because I ripped the back the wrong way.

The dark fabric and the orange fabric I bought in Oley at Gail Kessler’s Lady Fingers Sewing.  If you’ve never stopped in Gails shop it’s well worth the trip.  There is a great classroom space on the upper level, loads of quilts to see, friendly staff and awesome fabrics, threads and other notions.

The fossil fern I picked up at Sauders just off 222.  Oranges and browns…sigh…it’s a great fabric.

The green is a Moda solid, purchased at Pennington Quilt Works in Pennington, NJ.  Cathy, Giovanna and I stopped there on the way home Sunday afternoon and spent over an hour wandering around the store admiring all of the fabric lines and how much of each line they carry.  I just completed a quilt for Benartex using this fabric line…and some Minkee.  With the lighter color and the slightly denser weave I think this will become the background for “Moon Over Manhattan”.

With all of my chatter about how much I love thread would you believe this is all I bought???

Mostly Superior and some YLI Silk.  After quilting for Kate Perri with the silk I’m in love with silk thread.  I’m excited to see what Superior comes out with in a couple of months.

I’m looking forward to seeing what comes of the thread and fabric purchases over the next couple of months.

Happy Quilting!


7 thoughts on “Lancaster Purchases”

  1. I love using silk thread in hand piecing and often when in hand sewing bindings. Never used it in the DSM and doubt the longarm could handle it although perhaps I am wrong.

  2. Connie,
    I don’t know about the long arm…the domestic for sure. Diane Gaudynski quilts with silk all the time.


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