Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Working a booth

It's well over a week now since I got back from trading at the Festival of Quilts and I'm still tired!  

I knew the whole affair would knock the stuffing out of me but good grief I was/am  soooooooo tired. Working 18 hour days for 3 weeks solid prior to going, loading and unloading 15-20  trolley loads of stuff and working 12 hour days at the show have took a toll on me. 

Getting the booth organised ! 
See my trusty trolley .. that so saved my back ...a bit!

Don't get me wrong, I loved every moment of it but goodness knows my body was sooooo not prepared. Overworked, over 50 and over-weight are not conducive to a being a booth holder .. lol!  

The Parson Gray target quilt kit was VERY popular and sold out by the end of day 2. Good news though .. I have new kits coming! 

Kona Cottons sold well too - in their pretty rolls and by the metre too.

The wonky log cabin quilt was made in a class I took with 
Quilt Dad at the Fat Quarterly retreat in June

and Pat Bravos delicious Art Gallery Fabrics

 It was such a fun time though and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed doing it. 

I got home late Sunday/ early Monday morning and just collapsed in a heap but a quick change of hats from shop owner to mum meant I was on the treadmill doing mummy things straight away. Dad had held the fort very well - he always does - but he was back to work and I was at the helm again. But since I hadn't seen them for quite a while we went on a day trip to London. Meeting my sister and nieces too we all had a fab day out getting completely scared out of our minds when we visited the London Dungeons experience. What a laugh. Open air entertainment followed at Covent garden then dinner at the wonderful Drury Lane Sarastro's restaurant

What an antidote to what could only be described as a FULL-ON month.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Festival of Quilts 16th -19th August

If I've been a bit quiet recently its because I have been UBER busy cutting, packing, wrapping and stuffing. 

For the last 3 weeks its been non stop preparation to take QuiltMeHappy to the the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham 16th -19th August. 

We will be on stand N22 so do come and visit.

Getting ready has been very tiring.  I completely underestimatated how much time it would take to get ready plus a few late orders for quilting delayed my progress but today the car is loaded and tomorrow I will be on my way. Woo hoo! 

I'm happy!

I have all sorts of new and lovely things to show you too. 

A Parson Gray ZigZag quilt

This took 16 FQ and some groovy green linen for backing.

The Original Parson Gray Target Quilt : Made up! 

This s a dead easy quilt to make ONCE you have the templates drawn out! 
I hate enlarging patterns so I have made up a kit with FULL size pattern pieces.
So all you have to do is open the bag, cut and sew! 


I adore this quilt! Its sooooooo easy to make too. The blocks are actually on a panel and available with cream or black sashing but its wonky sashing.  If you can live with wonky thats great all you need do it add a border and quilt. But if you are like me and wonky drives you crazy then cut the blcoks out and resew - straight!

Fabric kit available with 
Kona Snow sashing
Uranicity Border and
Alexander Henry Cite backing

or hows about this lovely Kokka fabric grocery bag.
Little Red Riding Hood!

Made from half a meter of fabric and some natural upholsery strapping.

or a lovely simple baby receiving blanket


this lovely Amelia Dress pattern and kit by BRAND NEW DESIGNER


The Amelia Dress Sewing Pattern is a great versatile garment. 
The shirring on the bodice allows the garment to grow with the child, it can be worn as a sundress or layered over a long-sleeved top and when your little girl grows it can become a tunic top teamed with leggings.  The pattern is sized for 6-12 months to 4-5 Years.

Emma - the designer/sewer behind new brand MummyLovesLily uses amazing Pat Bravo fabrics and we will have a the dress pattern and fabric available as a kit. She has very kindly dropped off 6 dresses for me to take to Festival too -  and these will be available for sale ... just in case you dont want to sew a dress yourself.  The pattern for this dress is AMAZING though. She adds so much detail to them.

If you are a new quilter then a Quilt in the bag maybe

or for a little girl this lovely Sweet Shoppe Quilt

Happy Quilting 

Come see us at N22!