Festival of Quilts 1

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From Thursday last week until Sunday, I was at the Festival of Quilts at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, so this week I’m sharing some photos from the festival.

I had four quilts in the show. One was the quilt I made as an Instagram challenge, based on Tula Pink’s book ‘One Hundred City Blocks’. You can read about it here  and here. It was fun to see it hanging in the exhibition space. Here am I looking happy with my quilt!

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And a photo where you can actually see the quilt.

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And here are a couple of details:

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More Festival of Quilts news soon.

 

 

Sewing kit for travel

I am just back from a short visit to France to see family in Lyon and friends in St Etienne. I was (of course) quilting while I was away, so today’s post is about the small kit I took away with me.

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This clear, top-opening case is so useful. I can see exactly what I have got, it can rest on my lap on car or train journeys without taking up much space, and it holds in all the contents without spilling. It measures about eight and a half by six and a half inches and is three inches deep (although it squashes flat for packing). You can see it resting on a tiled windowsill against a green wooden shutter with a sunny garden beyond – perfect!

Inside the case are the following items:

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  • a great little sewing case by Cath Kidston (a gift from my nieces);

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*  a useful tape measure which was a great magazine give-away.  An un-picker is included, obviously, in a matching bright pink.

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  • a little needle-case in a spotty fabric, made  to match. When the needle-case is closed, it’s used as a temporary pin-cushion;

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  • a selection of needles from small quilting needle up to darning needle, for the times when I travel with knitting.

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  • my favourite ‘tailor’s thimble’ (with an open top) and  a pair of super-sharp small scissors;

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  • a box of pins, usually held closed with an elastic band.  No stray pins!

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  • a small quilters’ ruler (the make is Le Summit). This is a perfect size for travel and it’s very sturdy;

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* a white chalk marker (Chaco brand) and a Frixion pen which can be used to mark fabric and which disappears with heat;

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  • a small pack of clips, for holding quilt bindings while you hand-stitch them in place, but also helpful for keeping sets of pieces together when you are cutting out.

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  • and of course some threads. I love these colours!

During our visit, we were given a home-cooked meal that was so beautiful (as well as delicious) that I asked for permission to take photos, so here they are:

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Cold summer minestrone of asparagus, pasta and tomatoes.

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Salmon cooked with spinach and peppers.

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Bread selection.

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Tomatoes from the garden

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Summer fruits.

The colours are so pretty I want to reach out for my paints. Vive la France!