Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Antiquing in Minnesota


We just drove 7 1/2 hours to Oronoco, Minnesota this last weekend to go to Gold Rush Days. Hundreds of dealers from throughout the region fill over a thousand booths located throughout the community.  We did Oronoco on Friday and Rochester Gold Rush on Saturday.  The fairgrounds (52 acres) in Rochester, Minnesota was the same wonderful thing.  Oronoco was all outside but Rochester most of it was in all the fairground buildings. It was heaven to me!  My husband and I had so much fun.  We split up and used our phones to send photos back and forth that we thought the other one was interested in. Then we would meet up in the shade and trade stories.  You need really comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat (for Oronoco) and cash. A lot of them will take checks but very few took credit cards. We drove through Iowa and enjoyed the rolling hills of corn fields.

I took photos of things that made me smile. There were so many unusual things.  You see a little bit of everything!  Next week I will share photos of the treasures that I bought.

Very patriotic slippers

Remember these phones?

Barbie size metal kitchen. Price was $68.50.

Kid size stage coach

Lawn furniture made from signs


A plant stand made up of ax handles, a saw blade, a chain and a shovel blade.

Do you remember this? Its a Show and Tell Phono Viewer that was priced at $ 185.00.

I have never seen one of these and I saw three this last weekend.  This one was priced at $595.00.

I probably saw at least twenty five spool cabinets.  This one was the biggest one. 

This one was priced at $895.00.

This one was priced at $2258.00.

The food vendors do a great job too. One vendor has been making home-made ice cream sandwiches for about 30 years. They are so popular that customers will buy them in bulk and stockpile them in their freezers! I managed to eat two of these. I wanted to try the fried cheese curds but never got around to it.

You can stay away from antique stores all year and just hit these two shows and see everything at once.  I felt the prices were good too.  There is so much competition between booths that they price things reasonable.  The fun part is the haggling to get a better deal.

We are so excited that we have a brand new website. 

My daughter Ashley and I  have been working on it for awhile with my daughter doing 90% of the work. To celebrate this big occasion make a comment about the last antique or flea market find you bought for a chance to win a pattern of your choice.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Come Join Me In St. Charles, Missouri!


Join me next month in St. Charles, Missouri. Its going to be Fun!!!!!

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Friday September 19, 2014    9 am – 10 am    Class #405
Amy Bradley on Designing Quilts
Instructor: Amy Bradley, Amy Bradley Designs
Class fee: $20
Amy will show lots of quilts! She will talk and share a presentation about how she got started as a quilt designer. Amy will share stories from over ten years of growing a quilt pattern business.


Friday September 19, 2014    10:15 am – 11:15 am    Class #430
Amy Bradley Gets Ready for Market!
Instructor: Amy Bradley, Amy Bradley Designs
Class fee: $20
Amy will show lots of quilts! She will talk and share a presentation about the process of getting patterns ready for quilt market.


Friday September 19, 2014    11:30 am – 12 pm    Class #450 
Stage Demo:
Choosing Colors & Selecting Fabrics in Quilts
Instructor: Amy Bradley, Amy Bradley Designs
Free Stage Demo
Amy has a fine arts background and will speak about how she chooses colors for her quilts and makes her fabric selections.


Friday September 19, 2014    1 pm - 4 pm    Class #475 
Amy Bradley's Applique Workshop
Instructor: Amy Bradley, Amy Bradley Designs
Class fee: $40    Kit fee: $30 or $33 (Pre-order your kit online)
Supply list - see below.
Limit 25 students
Choose any fusible appliqué pattern and learn Amy Bradley's fusible appliqué tips! She will give an introduction about herself. She will hand out a tip sheet for buttonhole stitching and a practice block. Then she will give a short demonstration of a block and a demonstration of machine buttonhole-stitching. Amy will personally help each participant work on their fusible appliqué blocks.


Saturday September 20, 2014    9 am – 10 am    Class #505 
Amy Bradley on Designing Quilts
Instructor: Amy Bradley, Amy Bradley Designs
Class fee: $20
Amy will show lots of quilts! She will talk and share a presentation about how she got started as a quilt designer. Amy will share stories from over ten years of growing a quilt pattern business.


Saturday September 20, 2014    10:15 am – 11:15 am    Class #535
Amy Bradley Gets Ready for Market!       x
Instructor: Amy Bradley, Amy Bradley Designs
Class fee: $20
Amy will show lots of quilts! She will talk and share a presentation about the process of getting patterns ready for quilt market.


Saturday September 20, 2014    1 pm- 4 pm    Class #580
Amy Bradley's Applique Workshop
Instructor: Amy Bradley, Amy Bradley Designs
Class fee: $40    Kit fee: $30 or $33 (Pre-order your kit online)
Supply list - see below.
Limit 25 students
Choose any fusible appliqué pattern and learn Amy Bradley's fusible appliqué tips! She will give an introduction about herself. She will hand out a tip sheet for buttonhole stitching and a practice block. Then she will give a short demonstration of a block and a demonstration of machine buttonhole-stitching. Amy will personally help each participant work on their fusible appliqué blocks.


Come take one of my workshops.  I would love to meet you!!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nebraska Fun!


I just got back from Nebraska City, Nebraska.  I was invited to speak at the Heritage Needlework Guild.  I hope they invite me back....wonderful ladies!!!!  I don't think I have had so much help setting up and taking down. They no how to impress the speaker! 

Sheri on the left and Rosie who does 90% of my quilting.
My friend Rosie (quilter extraordinaire) made the 6 hour round trip with me. Her husbands cousin Sheri belongs to the guild.  I put them in charge of selling patterns and catching up with each other.  We had fun driving except for the near death experience of a *%#&! car passing five other cars coming right at us in our lane. Other then that shaky experience it went smoothly.  Thank goodness I was up on my defensive driving.

Quilted needle cases opened up
Sheri was working on these sweet quilted needle cases before guild.  She has made 89 of them!  She cut up an old quilt that needed a new purpose to make them.  I should of taken a photo of one of them folded like a book. She added embroidery, felt for the needles and a binding. This is my kind of recycling!


Jill brought her Quilt Diva to share with me and the group.


This is a close up of the background behind the Diva.  She quilted the names of her small quilt group in the background.  I have never seen that done on the diva. It makes it so much more personal.


They had to die for treats.  I guess it is always like this.  Last month they had a ice cream sundae bar!!!

I hope you are all staying inside cool and quilting!  Amy

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

More Photos From Quilt Market at Pittsburgh, PA

The winner of our new "Dog & Cat" Quilt Pattern is Jeanie!

I snapped some photos with my IPhone of some of the amazing featured quilts at Market.  The photos do not do these award winning quilts any justice.  They are perfectly square but my photography isn't!!! 




I wish you could have seen them all in person. They make a quilter very humble standing in front of these phenomenal quilts!!  Amy

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Back From Quilt Market

Yea! Another Quilt Market has come and gone. It is a LOT of preparation to get ready for.  I am so excited to go and even more excited when it is over.  We haven't been to the last two markets because my daughter and business partner Ashley had twins.  We flew to Pittsburgh, PA. which was a great place to introduce our new "Pirates" quilt because it is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

I walked over this bridge each day and right by the Pittsburgh Pirates Stadium.


It was fun to see customers that we haven't seen in a year.



Since we fly we ship in all our quilts and patterns.
Copyright Amy Bradley Designs 2014

Before I left I made up a wall hanging for market using my "Dogs & Cats" Pattern.  I used my Kansas State University mascot fabric.  I then reversed and printed out "KSU" and "GO CATS!" off my printer. You can use your own mascot fabric or make the blocks promoting a soccer team or a high school team.

You can also use your embroidery machines and embroider your own dog and cats names on their collars.

Make a comment about a dog, cat or pet in your life to win a chance to have your very own "Cat & Dog" pattern. We will announce the winner next Monday on Memorial Day.



This T-Shirt made me laugh out loud!  F.A.R.T.  Fabric Acquisition Road Trip
 The 13 month old twins and their Daddy got along fine while we were gone.  It was the first time Ashley was away overnight. She slept 10 hours the first night she was away!  Mother of twins don't get a lot of sleep!

Norah

Nate
I have more photos of quilt market but will post them the next time.  Have a great week!  Amy

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Guild Talks

When you pack a car with quilts, product, workshop supplies, sewing machine, laptop, projector, extra large light box, cart you have one full car.  I even pack a extra shirt in case I spill something on me before I get there.  It hasn't happened yet...but soon as I don't I'm sure I will be doing a talk wearing ketchup.

Last week I did two quilt guild talks.  We don't do any retail shows except market where we sell to our wholesale and distributor customers.  I always meet the most wonderful quilters.  I always come home so happy.  So if you are feeling sad go spend some time with a bunch of  zany fun loving quilters!


These are my fun ladies taking my workshop in Lancaster, Kansas.  I had to practically beg them for questions they were that good!  The Quirky Quilters Quilt Guild meets once a month and once a year they invite a speaker in for a trunk show and I was it.  I felt very honored!


I then went just a little bit south to Baldwin, Kansas.  The last time I spoke to them was 2004.  I now find myself being a repeat speaker to guilds. Yea!  I love getting to see quilters again.  This is a very active group.  They call off the roll to see who has show and tell.  When they do this everyone gets to see the person with the name and the show and tell.  It's a great way to learn names.

Sharon brought this quilt for her show-and-tell that was made up of "Crown Royal" bags for a customer.  I think I heard that the customer was a bartender because that's a lot of drinking!


Kelly emailed be some photos of her recent quilts using my patterns. She used mainly batiks.  I love how batiks cut and don't fray.  They are a dream to work with.  Kelly did a great job!!!

1 little, 2 little, 3 little quilters
Everyday is a Shopping Day
Have a great week!  Amy

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Antique Store Trip

I took my granddaughter Rowan to her piano lesson last week and I spent a quick 45minutes at a nearby antique store for some retail therapy.  It was 85% flea market 15% antique store but I still enjoyed it.  With getting ready for quilt market and calving, I will take any escape.  I took a bunch of photos of things that made me smile so maybe they will bring a smile to your face too.

Does anyone need storage for their pantie hose?  Does anyone have or wear pantie hose anymore???

Remember fur collared coats.  Mine was black when I was little.  I felt like a million!!!  We have had the weather for these coats.  It has dropped down in the 30's a few nights.  This is the month of April!

How about a fur stole?

Before Google.

What color did your trolls hair have...mine was yellow.
Remember watching Captain Kangaroo every morning with Mr Greenjeans.
My Grandma had one of these tile ashtrays and a coffee table covered in these little tiles.
Baby beds have changed.  This looks more like a animal cage.
The inside of the bed.  Yikes!

This is a fancier model but definitely not regulation.
I love the tray size on this one.  Does that mean less food on the floor?
Toy doll buggy
My one year old grand twins all clean and pretty before their birthday cake and party.
Norah enjoying cake!
Nate.  Nothing like carrots, peas and chocolate cake....yum!
Our Easter Pattern under sale items.
Enjoy your Easter and don't forget to eat a chocolate bunny!  Amy