On Saturday I was meeting my friend Val, and after I'd had a look at her longarm quilting machine in action (her husband was busy operating the machine) we drove over to Felixstowe as we both NEEDED to have a browse at some fabrics. After a very VERY long chat over coffee, we headed off to Fabric8 and we were really spoilt for choice. I have been asked to teach a bag-making class for a quilting group in Essex next month, and so was looking for fabrics to make a couple of samples with. Firstly I spotted some red and white spotty fabric that would be ideal for a splash of colour for a bag lining - so that HAD to come home with me. Then I saw some Union Jack fabric - (this will look great teamed with some denim for a tote bag) - and finally I found a vintage chocolate bar print - perfect! Whilst the fabric was being cut, I spied a nice firm weave fabric (looks like linen but is really stiff) that would go perfectly with some brown batics from my stash (may also get to make a new runner with this fabric!) so that was the end of my shopping spree - or so I thought.....
..... I had really wanted something a bit more unusual to add to my stash, and Val had seen this fabulous fabric in the shop window - it is a wonderful screen printed extra wide canvas with a very patriotic design of union jacks, heraldry symbols and stars - with a very large pattern repeat. As it WAS rather expensive, we decided to economize and have half a piece each, which really will be more than enough to make some great shopping bags. We headed back to Val's after the shopping spree to have another cuppa! (and to admire the quilt that had been on the machine - her husband had finished it while we'd been shopping and it looked great!) - we'd been so busy nattering I really don't know where the day went! Right - off to start sewing samples! As Mr F is at the races today, I've got the whole day to myself to make as much creative mess as I like!
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