I haven't been able to go for 3 years due to having the monsters on the weekends it is on, but yesterday all the contact days aligned and I was able to go! I was beyond excited!
All that fabric, supplies and quilts was just too much for me!
I only had a limited time in the show. A combination of the drive being quite long, the kids not being gone for long and meeting my sister for lunch (not seen each other for 2.5 years so loads to talk about!). So it was a bit of a mission affair - I knew what I wanted and needed.
I did manage to see some of the gorgeous quilt entries. They are simply stunning! I particularly love the bright coloured ones. The traditional ones were amazing too, the contemporary section drew me most!
Taking a list and a purse full of cash worked to a point... I might have exceeded it slightly! My sister mentioned being like a kid in a candy store....
Here are the fabrics I bought:
There is Katherine's Wheel by Nel Whatmore on the top row, Prince Charming by Tula Pink in Twilight and Candy from Cotton Patch. The bottom four are Velocity from Backstitch.
It was a highlight of the show to meet Alice from Backstitch. I love her website, she is super fast with delivery and she always pops a note in saying hello!
The Tula Pink fabrics are for my blocks for the quilting bee I have organised. I am going to match them with this amazing Fair Trade Grey:
I also managed to get some thread, quilting gloves and supplies for felting:
I did manage to get some Aurifil Thread, but I was really disappointed that although Aurifil were there you could only buy the big boxes of thread, not choose from the racks on display...
Finally I managed to get an autographed copy of one of my favourite designers autobiography:
Kaffe Fassett has been part of my quilting journey since it started 16 years ago. I have made a few of his designs. I was kinda star struck and unable to talk to him really.... sad I know - it made my sister laugh!
I have some pics of the quilts which I will share tomorrow...