Festival of Quilts, part 1: What I bought

On Sunday I went to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham for the first time with my mother-in-law-to-be. It was incredibly cool. Beautiful quilts as far as the eye can see, plus loads of shopping. And I got to meet Katy and Tacha from Fat Quarterly, who were so nice. I don’t know about everyone else, but I always get a bit nervous meeting bloggers I follow – they are like celebrities!

I’m planning to do two posts on the event. This is the first one in which I’ll just show you some pictures of the fun things I bought!

First, is this lovely bundle by Worn and Washed Fabrics. Kim reclaims worn fabrics, cuts them into ready-to-sew strips and co-ordinates them by colourway. The resulting quilts are beautiful and shabby-chic. I picked this one (thank you very much Sarah!)

Next, are two spools of Aurifil thread. Everyone seems to be talking about this thread so I had to try it. Pink is probably the colour I sew with most and I also grabbed a white, which I use all the time too. I’m no thread expert but I can’t wait to try it.

After watching a demo, I needed to buy this Heat Press Batting Together. It smoothly and easily connects your bits and pieces of batting so it can be used again in larger projects. We’re told it’s the top selling notion in the US.

Finally I got this adorable micro iron. I put the pin cushion in the picture for size reference. I think it’s going to be brilliant for pressing all those little star pieces I’m working on.

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