Sunday, November 7, 2010

Quilt Festival Part 2: In which I get my American Jane fix

From a few aisles away, I saw this booth:

And immediately I saw what I knew to be the American Jane Merry-Go-Round quilt.  Complete love.  Poor Amie gets dragged through the next few booths as I am on high alert.  This was THE ONLY booth with tons of American Jane...other places had maybe a panel or 1 print.  NOTHING like the Quiltin Gals of Azle, Texas!
And here is me nicely handing over all my money to the man.  You just can't find stacks like this...discontinued, people!!!  The lady is so sweet.  I told her she is my new best friend (um, move over Amie) and I'd hug her if I could (I am not a hugger).  Ya know what?  She hugged me!  She owns a house called The Quilt House in Azle where you and 7 of your best friends can have a quilt retreat for $30/night.  Y'all, that is cheaper than the Motel 6!  She has a workroom, kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms.  You can even shop her quilt shop 24/7 while you are in the house!!!  She specializes in 30's repros and she had almost all things American Jane there...Peas& Carrots, Building Blocks, Wee Play, Recess.  She told me to come up to Azle where she has yardage of EVERYTHING. 
So then we saw this quilt and I pointed out to Amie that this is an American Jane quilt.  I then started pointing out every fabric I recognized.  "look...that bonnet is from Happy Campers....that grass is from Basic Building Blocks...etc...nerding out...etc".  The lady came up and introduced herself as Kaye Moore ( and said she noticed I liked Sandy Klop Fabrics.  I am sure Amie had to really hold in the laughter at one of the understatements of the year.  I start gushing about American Jane and told her how much I just bought from the Quiltin' Gals and she told me that American Jane is very hard to find and it is popular...sells out very quickly.  Whew.  I am always so worried I can't find it b/c it is unpopular and maybe she will quit making fabric.  She started talking about Sandy, Stan, and their boys.  I said "Do you KNOW Sandy?"
Yes y'all..she KNOWS SANDY.  She has great things to say about Sandy including how generous Sandy was to loan her the Ticket for Two quilt you see behind me.  My mind comes to a halt: Sandy MADE THIS QUILT!?  Yes...she did. Kaye told me I could touch it and do whatever I wanted!  I regined in my weirdness slighly and just took photos in front of it.  Many, many, many photos.  Thank you Amie!

Close up of the quilt.

I really wanted to make this but I don't think I can pull it off.  I will have the most fantastic American Jane scrap stash pretty soon...once I use up my most fantastic American Jane stash.  I could really do this quilt justice fabric wise.  Skillwise, it's a different story. 

Oh, and Kaye told me Sandy would love to hear from her stalker biggest fan, so she gave me Sandy Klop's person email.  I AM gonna send her an email of appreciation for how much joy her fabric gives me...once I figure out how to come off NOT sounding like a creeper. 

PS, Kaye did not give me Sandy's email in exchange for an endorsement, but if you do want to make this Ticket for Two quilt Kaye had hands down the best deal.  The pattern alone is $75 but she had a kit of the large background fabrics for under $100.  That is a great deal b/c this quilt was big.  Such a great deal I am considering sending my husband to festival to see my quilt (b/c he wanted to) and purchase that kit for me for my birthday.


  1. Mary. You are such a sweetheart for sharing your special "encounter" with us! :o) I would have totally lost it, and been super excited! :o) I too am not a hugger, but I believe I would have popped out of my comfort bubble and give a hug! :o) That quilt kit is simply adorable! I hope that you will receive it for your birthday, knowing how much joy it brings to you! :o)
    Lucky lucky girl to attend such a fun quilt show!! :o)
    And we are fortunate that you are sharing it with us.
    Sincerely - Trish

  2. Oh I wish I could have been there - I love American Jane. I would have spent you dollar for dollar for older AJ - soooo hard to get your hands on. And that quilt is wonderful. Sandy never ceases to amaze me with her creativity. Sounds like you had a great time - thanks for sharing it with those who couldn't be there.

  3. I'm so very glad you had such a wonderful American Jane adventure at the quilt show. I love her fabrics (although I've never come across more than a few) and her quilt patterns (just received the book she published in 2008). They remind me so much of people's home from the 1950's!
    I'm so happy for you that you had this experience!


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