Our first stop was at Images of Egypt (who can be contacted by email at email@example.com) and I bought these lovely batiks and a couple of bargain scrap-packs. One contains a selection of hand dyed cottons and the other is full of glitzy bits. I'm not sure what I shall do with them yet but am thinking that Christmas Prayer Flags might be fun things to create...
I am doing a workshop with Liz Hands at Country Roads Quilters in July and bought some fabric and threads for the project we'll be working on. The Finca Number 12 Perle and bobbin fill was from lovely Laura at Little L's, the linen from Sunflower Fabrics (who stock a wonderful range of Liberty fabrics) and the other FQs were from Pippins Patchwork and Crafts who are quite local to me so I think it would be good to invite them to trade at one of our quilt group meetings.
Lunch was a great disappointment, with poor quality food, appalling coffee and service at the speed of a snail. We agreed that next year a picnic might be in order, or a drive out to Unique Cottage Studios might be an even better plan. To console ourselves, more shopping was in order!
House of Embroidery threads from the Out of Africa stand, it took ages to select these, I really wanted the whole range of colours! Finally, more batiks, this time from Kaleidoscope. I was a little niggled here as, like several other traders, fabrics were only offered in half metres rather than the traditional FQ. The batiks were so gorgeous, however, that I wasn't about to cut my nose off to spite my face!
There seemed to be fewer quilts on display than when I visited this show last year, and I was less impressed with the range of styles, techniques and designs but I suppose the show organisers can only exhibit what we, the quilters, enter. I was taken, however, with the work of Pauline Barnes. I urge you to go to her website here: http://www.paulinebarnesquilts.co.uk and look at her stunning work. Some of the Mayan series were on display yesterday and they are worked in various threads and techniques on plain fabric. She writes:
"Thread is a major element in my work with thread and stitch alone often providing the colour on plain fabric. All my stitching is done by machine and I enjoy 'playing' to see how different fabrics, threads and stitches react."
We had a great time chatting to Marion Barnett. Marion writes a blog here: http://artmixter.blogspot.co.uk
and has a studio in Norfolk called the Little Green Shed where I hope to go for a day of playing with textiles and techniques.
Returning home (after a detour to Unique Cottage Studios for a chocolate brownie and excellent coffee) I found the postman had delivered a parcel. Sarah's Quilt is the book for June in the Quilters' Online Book Club and I ordered the sequel at the same time. A lovely ending to a good day out.