Today is Cyber Monday, one of my favorite days of the year, and I'm having a sale in my shop! Use the code CYBERMONDAY2011 to save 10% off everything in the shop. Happy shopping!

I finally finished the table runner I've been working on for over a month! The Thanksgiving side was done using the strippy runner tutorial by twiddletails. For a while I couldn't decide what color to quilt it with, but ended up going with a light green. Thank goodness I finally chose, because I finished it with just a few days to spare!

I used some Amy Butler dots for binding, and used this zig-zag binding tutorial from Stitched in Color. It was certainly faster than hand-stitching and seems to cover more mistakes than straight-stitching the binding on.

And for the other side... Halloween! This side is Cluck Cluck Sew's Summer Runner tutorial. I didn't get to use it in time for Halloween this year, but it will be waiting for me next year. I think it turned out really cute.

I'm entering my table runner in Rachel's Celebrate Color contest over at Stitched in Color. Head over to check out all of the amazing entries!

A good friend and I made a little road trip to the 2011 International Quilt Festival in Houston last weekend. We stayed with another good friend who joined us at the festival, and boy did we have a good time!

Look at all these vendors. This is less than half of the booths in just the shopping part of the festival! Lots of sewing machines (including long-arm quilting machines, of course), fabric, patterns, and vintage quilts.

I had a few favorite booths, but this one in particular was The Silver Needle's booth, which was the only one I saw with cross-stitch patterns. I seriously wanted  to buy everything in the booth. I had to practice some major restraint.

Here's a little of what I came home with. A bunch of fat quarters, some half-yard cuts, and a Weekender pattern. I've been wanting to make a Weekender bag for a while now, so it's exciting to finally have the pattern.

The other half of the festival was filled with quilt exhibits. Photography wasn't allowed everywhere, but here are a few of my favorites that were allowed to be photographed. It was hard to narrow it down to three!

Crested Barbet by Barbara McKie. I love the bright colors of the bird. This was so stunning in person.

Vortex in Variation by Nora Ronningen. I've been a fan of optical illusions since I was a kid, so this one caught my eye right away. Isn't it amazing? I love it.

Lastly, a pinwheel quilt that I forgot to note the artist on. The whole quilt is pinwheels!

This is a closeup of the detail. It's awesome how the colors and shapes make it look three-dimensional. And they're all pinwheels. Seriously. Love!

Thanks to Amanda for letting me use her pictures. The rest of her pictures can be found here and here. I think this is going to turn into a yearly tradition!