It is impossible for me to go to the Festival of Quilts and not buy Liberty fabric. I am a major fan and can boast a significant stash of Liberty fabrics. I treated myself to some lovely bits and pieces but was then really pleased that two of my friends bought me Liberty fabrics as well. Margaret bought me a Liberty Lucky Bag which was great because there were some amazing little gems in there, many of which I do not already own. I am working (on and off) on two Liberty quilts and the Lucky Bag fabrics are perfect for the hexagons I am making in one of these quilts. Amy bought me a great print which I don't even know the name of but which has really zingy greens, pinks and oranges in it and will be a real feature fabric in a future project. Aren't I lucky to have friends with great taste?
I love fabric and I love cats, so these cat prints Tiger Stripe by Cotton and Steel were always going to be purchased by me. I love "critter" fabrics in any case, but these are so beautifully stylised that I already count them amongst my favourite animal fabrics. The smiling food below has to be my most random purchase. I bought it on its own and have nothing even remotely similar to it in my stash but I just felt I wanted it. I think I want to turn it into some oven mitts at some point, but who knows when or what its other fabric friends will be? At this point, who cares? I love it, that's enough to justify having it!
This little bundle was put together randomly when I got home. Many of these were bought to join a low volume quilt I have on the go. My friend, Lorraine, bought me the shamrock fabric in pink and orange here (which is actually tricky to see in this bundle) but when I added it to other purchases it created a little set which is possibly the start of a funky quilt. I love the shamrocks being in unconventional colours like pink and orange and I always love these bright colours together. I've already joined them to some red lobsters I purchased and love the craziness already.
Lorraine pointed me in the direction of a stall called The Shuttle, which sold really good fabrics at fantastic prices. I now discover it is near to my home town (and so also my family!) so I suspect I will be visiting it again in the not so distant future. Here are some good stash builders I bought from there:
I see so many quilts with the pearl bracelet pattern, but I think it is just so dependable. I like the bike path fabrics for the same reason. Later in the week you will see these fabrics in a quilt I have already pieced.
These aren't my only purchases, I also bought much of the Far Far Away range by Heather Ross, but I won't bother showing you these fabrics as they are already cut and pieced and no longer in my stash.
When I use the phrase "a good time was had by all" to describe our day at the NEC it is no exaggeration. If anything, it is probably an understatement. Today's sewing day was not just about making; we all shared our stories of the day and showed off our purchases. A couple of us remarked how rubbish Friday felt because it was such a comedown from such a day of visual treats and creative inspiration. I know I certainly felt that. But, we're all agreed that next year it's going to be a two day affair with an overnight stay so we can be there early doors and see even more. I'm already counting down the days.