Over the summer I ended up going to one of those ceramics painting place that I always thought were just for kids...
...I was wrong. After painting the first mug at the beginning of August I took my sister to another pottery painting place at the end of the month and painted the blue mug. Barring my inability to paint a steady straight line round the rim or base I really enjoyed painting these and may find an excuse to go again in the near future!
Despite my laid back approach to gardening and fairly long periods without watering my veggie plants are doing their utmost to produce something edible (they've also produced a ridiculous amount of leaves and are slowly taking over my yard!).
So the Festival of Quilts wasn't just about the amazing quilts, there were also loads of vendors stands some of which I couldn't resist...
The little item with the hearts on is a needle case I won in a lucky dip. This was especially lucky as for the past 15 years I've been using a little scrap of felt to hold my needles. The needle case is going to seem like luxury after that!
Warning picture heavy... My sister and I visited the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham today and were amazed by the stunning quilts on display. Here's a small selection which caught my eye...
Fire and Ice - Claudia Pfeil
Skull Optics - Paula Rafferty
Mum's a Star - Michele Clarke and Margaret Routledge
Fish at Sea - Pam Stanier and Quilter's Trading Post
The Brightness - Kazue Iwahashi ... Hand quilted!
Autumn Gold - Heather Bentley ... a close up of one of the log cabin blocks
Paris - Anna-Karin Andermo
David - Gillian Theokritoff
Harlequin Star - Jess Williams
And finally, a full size, actually working, quilted Grandfather Clock by Kate Crossley