I must confess, it’s been a few years since I’ve been to a quilt show (I know, shocking!), but a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a couple of tickets to the British Quilt & Stitch Village at Uttoxeter Racecourse. So, that’s where I’ve been this weekend – gazing at beautiful quilts and embroidery, not to mention spending a small fortune on fabric and other cool stuff!
I didn’t intend to spend so much, really I didn’t, but with all that fabric, those buttons, that ribbon and all the other brilliant ‘stuff’ all under one roof, I was doomed from the start!
With exhibits and traders spread over several halls, the experience was a lot more leisurely than the likes of the Malvern and Birmingham quilt shows; none of that pushin’ n shovin’ malarkey! Just how I like it 🙂
I found some gorgeous new pastels to add to my stash. I think I should have enough to make a quilt from them all now, so I’m on the look out for just the right pattern.
I also stumbled across these cute wee charms that you can tie on to handmade gifts. Can’t wait to use those!
This is cute too. A little patchwork-styled sitcky note holder! How fab is that!
I am easily pleased, I know, but I did buy something else that was awfully sensible (for me anyway). I’ve always looked at those daylight lamps – you know, the ones with a magnifying glass to help you see your stitching better? When I’ve looked at them before, I could never quite justify the expense. But, lately, my eyes have been feeling a little strained and my eyesight isn’t quite what it used to be. So, I took the plunge and am now a bonafide LED, daylight, magnifying lamp user! I used it last night for the first time and I wish I had invested in one years ago – what a difference it makes! I would definitely recommend it!
So, my debit card had taken a battering and I was already headed towards the exit.
Honest I was.
Then I spotted this little lot.
What was I to do? I mean, really?
I may never set eyes on such loveliness again, I thought. So, needless to say, those beautiful linens are now keeping good company with the rest of my fabric stash. I just had to, right? Right.
With all these new additions to my stash, it really is time that I used up some of my existing stock, so to speak. I’ve been working on a little set of fabric storage boxes, which I’ll share with you in my next post. But until then, here’s a little peek at my progress so far.
Happy stitching everyone!