Yesterday I made the trip to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham with Susy and Sue. We had a wonderful day, met up with and bumped in to lovely ladies we know online and in real life, I met some bee mates and some fellow vintage sheet addicts too!
There were plenty of great stalls to visit, more than enough fabric to buy and many amazing quilts to view.
If you’re a regular reader you will know that I signed up to Fabriholics Anonymous at the end of last year, I was supposed to do an evaluation at the beginning of July but didn’t. But I can say that during that time I only bought backing and binding for the wedding quilt and 2 fat quarters of Mixed Bag to make a very specific gift for my daughters friend, so all in all I did very well.
So in theory I could have bought anything I wanted but cautious as ever I did not splurge and only bought this lot:
A metre each of the Pearl Bracelets from The Shuttle (I believe they have a shop in Shipley but nothing online as far as I can see), a metre of the Michael Miller Stripe Couture which I think will make excellent binding fabric for a rainbow quilt that might be in my future from Abakhan.
I do wonder what Abakhan’s sales strategy is, they had a great lot of fabrics on their stand but none of it appears in their online shop. I’d say they were missing a trick, there are plenty of quilters who do not have an Abakhan shop local to them but would be delighted to stock up on designers fabrics for £5.75 per metre!
The other piece is a fq of black and white stripe with a selvedge which reads: Graphix by Paintbrush Studio Design which I’ve not come across before but again I can imagine using this for binding.
So yes I was pretty restrained but I do think fasting has possibly changed my fabric buying habits! Show me yours, what have you bought?
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