I had a big plan. If I did most my fabric shopping before the Tokyo show, I could do a cursory tour of the vendors' area and then spend most of my time viewing the quilts. On the face of it, it was brilliant. I had a list of things I was looking for...text fabric, anything in *that green* that is so prevalent in Japanese fabrics and not so available here, anything a bit funky or offbeat...and would spend over a week in Japan before the quilt show.
During that time, we hit Molly's local Yuzawaya (11 multi-level buildings of sewing and handcraft supplies, a mere walk from her place!), Okadaya in Shinjuku (twice!) and Swany, a charming cloth and pattern shop in Yokohama. As my list grew shorter, the little pile of fabric near my suitcase grew larger.
"I think I'm all set on the fabric front!" I said to Molly the night before the quilt show. "Uh-huh" she replied, flatly.
The first sign of trouble...a wall of new fabric designs being debuted at La Clochette, Suzuko Koseki's booth.
Next stop, Keiko Goke's booth, where she was debuting a new line of fabric designs, too. And they were going fast. In fact, she sold out in the first two days.
Good thing we got there early.
Acknowledging the error in my well-intentioned plan, I caved. In fact, it was all downhill from there. Molly would have gotten more of a laugh from it than she did if she wasn't gathering quite the pile of fabric cuts herself. The next morning she was up early, still in PJs, pre-washing them all to add to her growing quilting stash.
Now I'm washing my fabrics, anxious to get them into the stacks to use. I know you'd like to see what I bought, because quilters always want to know what's new out there. (Not to mention, because you've been emailing me about it!! lol) So here's what will be keeping be busy at the ironing board the next few days.
Then, after a busy year of fun and not-so-fun family distractions, I'm planning to lock myself in the sewing room for a few months!!
***To those of you who have been readers of Molly's longtime blog, you may have been surprised if you recently clicked over to read and found nothing there. So was she! Somewhere in her busy past month, adjusting to a new job and life in Tokyo, making her unexpected trip home for Christmas, hosting me, she let the re-registering of her domain name fall through the cracks. And her blog disappeared. She's decided for now to let it go, but was sorry for the abrupt end. She'd like to keep in touch with internet friends she's made and asked me to let you know that you can still find her on Flickr and Ravelry.