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
Well I've finally bit the bullet and made a serious start on the banner/quilt for my brother's wedding...which is taking place on 23 Aug this year!!!!! I've had the fabric since April and started drafting the letters in July. With a few hours effort I now have slightly more to show...
The drafted letters...
Transferred to bonda web type stuff...
Ironed onto the fabrics and cut out.
I'm feeling so much more enthusiastic and confident about this quilt now I've really started. Love how the letters look. Need a few more fat quarters but it's definitely looking promising.
Well after the two hour commute home last night I was just too tired to sew, FNSI or not. So I postponed my FNSI efforts until tonight (Saturday). To tell the truth no sewing happened on Saturday either. I decided that my most pressing project was the quilt/banner for my brother's wedding. So I spent the majority of my evening designing templates for the appliqué letters whilst watching Hunger Games.
I never realised how tricky designing these letters would be, although I think I've pretty much got the simple letters sorted. The letter G is flummoxing me a little, and I'm trying to avoid thinking about &!
I also squeezed in a few slow rows of knitting...
May actually get a sock finished this year!
So not a traditional FNSI but a very productive one in its way.