Well here is the blog post you've all been waiting for - the shopping! There were so many goodies to tempt me, and I'm sure I could've bought far more than I did, but I was very busy helping Lynette on her stall, so didn't get a chance to buy too much else! As you can see, Lynette had some scrumptious things on her stall, and I just couldn't resist this cute toadstool charm to adorn my scissors with. I've recently been using Cottage Garden Threads, and as they are usually only available from Australia, I thought I'd make the most of getting a few skeins while I had the chance. Lynette had some beautiful stitchery kits, and I thought some smaller projects would be ideal for me as Mr F keeps complaining about the growing mound of quilts that are taking over Foreman Towers...
...this stitchery kits contained all the fabrics AND threads that were needed, and Lynette had a selection of wooden frames to but them in too - well it would've been silly not to get them, as once they're stitched, these can bee instantly framed and ready to hang up on display! I bought some more of these super zippers (one with a key is for a particularly special project, but more about that in a few weeks!) and lastly this gorgeous bundle of fabrics complete with a wooden embroidery thread holder - it's a kit for a quilt designed by Lynette that is featured in "Simply Vintage" magazine, and I was lucky enough to bet this edition from Lynette - and as soon as I arrived home I contacted The Fat Quarters as they stock this, and I've now got a subscription set up with them so I don't miss out on this fantastic magazine...
...I visited The Fat Quarters for some weaveline (a thin cotton interfacing to fuse on the back of stitchery) and managed to also get some glue-pen refills, and couldn't resist these gorgeous red bag handles. I'd already got bag handles on my list, and as usual paid a visit to The Eternal Maker stand to get some more. These lime green ones are to go with some batiks that I'd bought a few weeks ago, and I adored these red/white spotty ones! Another favourite stall for shopping was Cross Patch, and they had some stunning stitchery kits, and this one "Circle of Love" by Rosalie Quinlan came home with me too...
...I always make a visit to Kaleidoscope Books and this year was no exception - the 2 most recent books by Nancy Halvorsen, Table Please Part 1 and Part 2 were quickly purchased, followed by a quick trip to Kaleidoscope Fabrics, and I bought a bundle of 10 fat quarters of gorgeous turquoise batiks and added a few half metres to co-ordinate with them ready to make a quilt for a very special person (shhh it's a secret!! so can't reveal too much about that project just yet!) and finally a trip to the FOQ wouldn't be complete without a bag kit - and this one was from the Monkey Buttons stand. The sample on display was made up in Lynette Anderson's beautiful fabrics, and this kit had just been put together while I was waiting to be served. It contains some beautiful blue fabrics, and a grey textured woven fabric that really is lovely. Now I just need a few days of sewing time so I can make a start on some of these lovely projects!
Blogs I follow
These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.