Well, I have no progress to report after my morning at Crafty Time Out. Several regulars didn't make it today (one is on a Mediterranean cruise celebrating a big anniversary, I hope she's having an amazing time) and the meeting turned into a relaxed coffee and chat session. I didn't even get my sewing out of my bag! I did gain a new recruit for Country Roads Quilters and think we'll get some sewing done when we begin our Fat Quarter Frenzy quilts next week. I do want to give you a couple of links in this post though.
Firstly, I want to alert you to a new online shop, Kiki's Craft Corner run by Keira, a friend of my quilting guru, Teresa. My first rush of delight at looking at Keira's site for the first time was that she sells Aurifil threads, mmmm, and then I clicked through to her "Out of Africa" hand quilting thread sets, be still my beating heart. Apart from wanting them all for myself I also think the sets of three threads, all hand dyed (and colourfast) would make lovely gifts for sewing friends and to add to swaps and Christmas goodybags. There is a lovely range of fabric, including some 3D fabrics which would be great for children's quilts and the website works really smoothly. Click over there and have a look please.
Secondly, I heard today that there are remaining places on the fantastic Japanese Textile Study Tour that I am joining next April. If you think you would like to join Nat, Bryan and a lovely group of people in Japan for dyeing, weaving and almost endless delights please have a look at the tour brochure. Nat is doing a fantastic job of organising the tour and Bryan is going out of his way to make the tour (which is based at his home) a wonderful success. There will be opportunities beyond our wildest textiley dreams and I am already very excited about the tour and planning to travel very, very light in anticipation of the goodies I'll be bringing home.