So today I leapt onto my bicycle and headed off to the county fair grounds to go to the Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival. There’s 2 more days, Friday and Saturday from 10-5 p.m. so if you’re into that kind of thing (which I am) definitely go check out the vendors and workshops they have throughout the day!
Again, bicycle parking is super crappy at the fairgrounds, so you’ll have to lock it to the pole of a chainlink fence, a light post, or other firmly grounded object, but unlike cars – you don’t have to pay for parking!
As I made my around the booths, the biggest audience being appealed to are quilters. Quilting supplies like crazy! So if you are a quilter, this is an event you do not want to miss. Also, if you are in the market for a sewing machine, this is also your event. Most were selling the latest and greatest technological, wiz-bang computer driven machines, but there was one vendor who had quite a few little Singers for sale that were like 80-100 years old.
I totally love sewing, but lately I’ve gotten really into crochet. The big thing I’ve been making is an alter-cloth for one of the alter tables at my church here in Lincoln Park. Unfortunately there wasn’t much in the way of crochet. But there were some things that really got my attention:
There is this one booth that sells these devices for making tubes of fabric, it’s one of the coolest, most ingenious little things I’ve ever seen! Check out their website at: Fasturn, or definitely visit their booth where you can probably get a big discount. The other super cool thing I saw were these silicone lint removers. Usually you have to use a roller with sicky paper on it to clean up one’s clothes or fabrics, but this is a roller with silicone on it. It has a natural stickiness about it, and you just wash off the lint from the roller with warm water. Totally ingenious!
And they had some great workshops. I was only able to go to one, but I’m heading back for a second day tomorrow to attend a bunch of them. Most of them appear to be about various sewing projects.
And lastly, there was a booth by the American Needlepoint Guild and The Embroiders’ Guild of America, and one of the people at that booth lives in Lincoln Park too!!!! Anyway, it was awesome to get to know another neighbor and I found out that ze is a reader of this very blog!!!! :D Ze was super cool and I will definitely be stopping in soon to visit while out and about in the neighborhood. I love Lincoln Park!
So head on down and enjoy a day or a few at the 2010 Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival! For more info go to the Fairplex website, or to the Festival website, and be sure to print out and use the half-off coupon available through either site, too!
See you there!