Ok so this is what you've all been waiting for - the pictures showing you what I actually bought from the Festival of Quilts!! Well I was very good this year, and didn't buy that much, as I still hadn't used all the fabric that I bought last year, so decided I'd only buy the things I really really needed! So first of all there were a couple of books - (I really NEEDED these books hehe!!). I just love the Art to Heart books by Nancy Halvorsen and her latest edition, "Christmas Favourites" is brilliant. I've now got ALL of Nancy's books and most of her patterns too. Did I say I really really needed this one?? And then I was thrilled to get a copy of Kim Schaeffer's book "Calendar Quilts" as I've been looking for it for ages, and just HAD to buy it! This came in a beautiful wallet with full size patterns and instruction booklet.....
.....then I was on a search for bag making paraphernalia and especially leather bag handles, and I found some lovely ones from the Button Company - I really love the red spotted handles! On another stall I spotted some silver hands engraved with "hand made" which I thought would be nice to sew onto special gifts for friends (I had bought some brass hands earlier in the year from the Stitch and Craft Show) and I also found some small sew-in fasteners too, as sometimes magnetic fasteners can be a bit too "fierce".....
.....there were so many gorgeous fabrics on display, and it was so difficult to choose which ones I wanted to make bags and runners and quilts - in the end I just bought a couple of Blueberry Bali Pops for my daughter Alice, who wants to make a quilt for her bed. She wants to decorate her room in creams and blues so I thought she'd like these batiks! Then I saw an incredible bargain - I always use 505 spray when I'm spray-basting my small quilts and bags and runners, so was nearly giddy when I saw a"special show offer" - 5x 500ml cans at the special show price of £40 - this really was too good to miss, and will last me a very long time!! Well that was all the shopping I did this year, and yes I did get stopped several times by ladies who were admiring my AnnAKa shopping bag! I couldn't always understand what they were saying (as ladies come from all over the world to the Festival of Quilts and not all of them spoke English!!) but I think by their smiles and nods of approval they liked it nearly as much as I do!!
Blogs I follow
These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.