This is the post you really wanted from my day out yesterday, I know
But before I show you all my loot, yes, I have changed by blog a little. I know some people have trouble reading white on black so finally took the time to do some CSS editing to reverse the colours. It’ll take a bit for me to get used to, I think, but hopefully it will be easier reading.
Ok, now on to the goodies. I took a very conservative £50 cash in my wallet and told myself that was all I would be spending. Especially as I’d had that large layout for a dishwasher this month, and am still waiting for a phone call telling me my hiking boots are ready. Well, to misquote: the road to lots of quilting fun is paved with good intentions. Very soon after walking through the door of the festival I threw out any ideas of being good. We can all pretend we’re surprised by that
Despite this, I was fairly restrained. There were lots of beautiful fabrics and I only caved a little. I told myself I don’t need to buy batiks when I’ll be in Bali later this year, and I didn’t need to buy lots of yummy fabric just because they gave me ideas, because I currently have several ideas waiting in line.
But I did decide that these two bundles would make a couple of lovely two-colour cushions for my sofa. So I got 1/2m of each. Maybe I should’ve gotten a metre each… I almost did.
I have cousins having babies and have been thinking of making some cot/play quilts (prob hand pieced then machine quilted to speed things up). When I saw this gecko fabric I started getting ideas that it would be perfect for such a quilt. Then they showed me the frogs. I thought the fireworks fabric would be nice to go with them. I’ll probably add in some bright colours and black (all solids) to go with these. Now to decide, a gecko quilt and a frog quilt or both quilts to have both? Luckily I bought a metre of each so I have room to play.
And one stall there had bolts of Kona cotton, so I picked up my alien fabric. Here we have glacier, jade green, candy green and ice frappe. Now I just need to call Annie to get 20m of black and I can get started.
I also picked up some 100% cotton for piecing. I forgot to go back and get some green after getting the fabric, but the blue and wine will work for many of my other projects and the black will be needed for space invaders. Which is why I picked up a couple of 200m reels too. Of course, later I found omeone stocking 800m reels (or 600, can’t remember). Might have to get one of those eventually. I also picked up another reel of black hand quilting thread. I’m going to need a bit for moonglow.
And speaking of quilting moonglow, I almost bought some wool batting. I’ve decided that I’d like to try wool first, I’ve heard it’s lovely to hand quilt. Plus it’s warm. But the place selling it sells online for the same price as they were selling at the show and I was already laden down by this time. But I did buy some great quilting tools from them (before I saw the batting).
I bought an A2 cutting board since mine got buckled in the move from Australia and is a pain to use. And I also picked up some non-slip rulers. I’ve been wanting to get some ever since I saw them on Katy’s blog. I know you can get non-slip stuff to stick on your rulers, but I remember what I was like covering school books, so I’d rather get them already non-slip.
I’ve seen homemade ironing boards for quilting popping up on a few blogs and have been meaning to make one myself. Then I found this one ready made at the show. Along with little irons prefect for using with it in the lounge.
And look what it has on its backside. Very handy for a quilting day on the sofa.
And to round out my tool shopping, I picked up a nice big roll of freezer paper, some template plastic, a special white ceramic lead pencil and spare leads for marking sewing lines and two different types of needles to try for applique.
So, ok, while I was restrained in the fabric buying, I really wasn’t on the tools side. But I did say at the outset that I’d thrown my good intentions out the window upon entering the show
Of course, I went to the show first. Which meant hauling all this around the air museum for the next couple of hours. Not to mention the 2 mile walk back to the bus stop. But I’m still glad I was bad