Well, a visit to Festival of Quilts wouldn't be complete without a little shopping would it? Before I get to my confessions I should just mention a workshop I did with Janice Gunner. This was a 3 hour workshop and it centred on the embellisher machine (needle felting machine). I have owned an embellisher for two or three years but lately it has been languishing and lonely so I thought this workshop might get me going again.
Janice provided us all with a pack containing pre-felt which was gorgeously soft and a pleasure to work with and a selection of fibres and she demonstrated various ways of combining the fabrics to differing effects. The results above aren't wonderfully beautiful but they did remind me that this is a fun machine to work with and gave me lots of ideas to play with. I just need to get my embellisher out now!
My shopping form the Show is more utilitarian than exciting although I did allow myself a special treat.
As you can see I had to buy some pre-felt in the hope that that would get me working (not so far). The palette of paints is a wonderfully portable pack of Koh-I-Noor paints that I keep reading about.
The colours are beautifully vibrant and they will be easy to pop in my case to use on holiday.
My special treat was this beautiful book by Jan Messent which is sumptuously illustrated and that I know will bring all kinds of inspiration.
In addition to the shopping I won a couple of pennants on the Pennants for Patchworkers stand which was a fundraiser for the Quilters Guild.
Last but not least, she doesn't know it yet because she's on her way home from the States, but I've decided to join with Kate North's Stay at Home Round Robin. Each month Kate is issuing instructions for a section of a quilt so that, instead of the quilt moving on from person to person it stays in one place and we add to our own quilt each month. It has an element of mystery quilt to it.
This is my effort for July and August. July on the left is a 6 and a half inch (6" when finished) square which I chose to do in my version of crazy-ish log cabin and august is on the right, a 4" x 6" rectangle. It all started from the small square of practice applique with the flower. I'm looking forward to September's task :)
Today has been a lovely day for me, I spent a few hours in the company of my beautiful (step)daughter who I haven't seen for ages. She is as lovely as ever and the time passed all too quickly.
Yesterday I went to see my friend who is still in hospital but who is still moving in the right direction. Bless her, she's very frustrated by all this inactivity but hopefully she will soon have a change of scenery and either be home or in interim care. For a 99 year old I can only marvel at her fortitude!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend (a holiday weekend in the UK). I think the sun is going to shine!