I found Country Inn, a Blackbird Designs book by Barb Adams and Alma Allen. Thelma blogged about her recent foray into hand applique. She is using a pattern from Country Inn for her project. I won't be starting that project, at least not yet, but I'd like to try applique and this book is full of eye candy.
I bought Blooming Possiblities because the projects in it are so darn cute! The vendor, Cranberry Quiltworks, had samples from the book on display and I bet the book was sold out by the end of the show.
I bought this bundle of fat quarters from the same vendor. The fabrics cross several lines but go together so well. And I already have some larger pieces of a couple of those prints so they will be ready when the right pattern comes along.
Cranberry Quiltworks also had this twill tape, made like measuring tape. Not sure what I'll do with it yet, but it was only $0.79 per yard. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have it on their website. Maybe by email...
And I found what I was especially looking for: wool, in small pieces.
Ever since I saw this project in Sew Scrappy magazine, I've been wanting to make it. I've never worked with wool before but am game to give it a try. I think this will be a good portable project for the summer. I still need to find the black background. Please let me know if you are aware of any sources.
By the way, The Practical Bag was perfect for carrying all this loot around the show as I made my purchases.