Wednesday 24 August 2011

Show & Tell (grab a coffee... it's long)


Ok.... that statement exempts me from all responsibility if your computer happens to blow a gasket from excessive downloading.... do you think?

Here we go then.....

first off a fat quarter bundle of Lizzie by Anna Griffin.   I saw it on Simply Solids stand and was smitten.  It's so bright and cheerful.   I've talked about making some quilts for Project Linus for a while now and I reckon this fabric would be perfect to start with.

I didn't actually buy the Tilda book at the show.  I'd pre-ordered it on Amazon weeks ago and it just happened to be waiting for me when I got home.  It's gorgeous!    Actually it's still at a great price on Amazon so if you haven't bought your copy yet......<wink>

How about this for a show deal.....

Sign up for a years subscription to Patchwork & Quilting mag and get a free Pom Pom de Paris jelly roll!  Well... I 'd have been a fool to pass on that one wouldn't I.   Chris got in on this one too so we can compare Pom Pom quilts somewhere (way) down the line.

If you like owls.....

you can't help but fall for this cushion pattern I found at Daisy Chain Designs.   The lovely little bundle of fat quarters came from there too.   Sunflower Fabrics is where I found the Blueberry bundle of fat eighths.  You can always find really pretty bundles on their stand.

How long have I wanted this book...... ages!

I'm sure when I've ogled looked at it in the past it was only available in French.  Not any more.  This copy has instructions in both French and English.  Eureka!  A Japanese quilt book I can actually read.  Click here to go to Quilt Mania then click on the book cover to see some inside pages.  If you're a cat lover there's a crazy pussy wall hanging in there that's a real laugh.

The fat eighth bundles came from Patchwork Cabin.  I'm hoping I can use them in Guute's Antique Quilt if I can ever figure out the Dutch instructions.  I bought the pattern from Quilt it and Dotty a while back.  I will have to put my thinking cap on and get to grips with it soon.

As an aside.....   I was married to a man of Dutch decent once and I did make every effort to learn the language.  I can order a cheese sandwich and a coffee so I'll never starve in the Netherlands.  I did wander into a bakers shop in Aalsmeer once and tried to buy some sliced bread.  The shop assistants fell about laughing.   I was totally bewildered until my husbands aunt told me I'd asked for a circumscised loaf!!    Figure that one out.

Back to the show... and it wouldn't be a show without Kaffe!

There isn't anything I can say about this book that hasn't been said a million times on a million blogs.... so I'll just say it's gorgeous!    His fabrics are gorgeous too.   I've promised myself I'm going to be brave and select a pattern to try.  Might have to put on some sunglasses and take an extra tranquilizer first though.

Now a bit of something Irish.....

Check out The Fennel Shed who produce Irish Quilt and Craft Magazine.  I picked up these back issues at the show.   How great to find a perfect handbag sized magazine.   It's got enough lovely quilt patterns and yummy recipes to make it well worth the subscription price of £4 per issue.

What about those gorgeous strip rolls!   Found them on the Antique Angel stand.  I can't resist Japanese florals so I ended up throwing caution to the wind and buying two.    They are an investment in my future sanity.   Mac is still determined that the world as we know it will end in 2012 so I'm making sure I have plenty of fabric on hand to make quilts to keep us warm when central heating is a thing of the past.

Mac thought he'd foiled my cunning plan when he said there'd be no electricity either so no power for my sewing machine.  Ha!!   I can sew by hand.  With my feet.  And I'm sure I could do it with my teeth if I had too.  Armageddon...... bring it on!  

I did do my bit to save the planet by buying these.....

two gorgeous bundles of Worn and Washed fabrics.   Do you want to know what went through my mind when I first saw these.... you do.... thank goodness coz I'm going to tell you anyway. 

I could see myself plain as day sitting in an Adirondack chair on the deck of a perfect blue and white Cape Cod cottage.    I sat gazing dreamily out over the ocean snuggled in a cozy well worn quilt.  The cool sea breeze tried but couldn't  force me indoors as the sun began to set.  Life was perfect... just like in the movies.

Hummmm.... do you think that's a lot to ask of a bundle of recycled fabric.    Oh well... I can dream.

Time for another book......

I reckon buying this book was a smart move.   I'd been smitten by the kit for this sampler on Jane's stand and was procrastinating over if I'd ever get time to make it when I spotted the book.   Lo and behold I discovered the pattern for the sampler was featured in the book.   There were lots of other projects in there I liked too so putting the kit back and buying the book was a no brainer.   I'm still wondering if I'll ever have time to stitch any of the samplers but I live in hope.

Of course.... there has to be a bag pattern

this one is designed by Siposne Cseh Margit of  Foltvilag from Hungary.  The pattern is in English... thank goodness.   My language skills don't stretch to Hungarian I have enough trouble with my mother tongue.
If you'd seen the lovely samples and kits too you'd know why I bought the pattern.   It comes with a cd of step by step instructions too.   Nice touch

OK... you can breathe a sigh of relief now.... the last item is coming up.

Here it is.....

a pretty little kit for a notebook cover that caught my eye while I was waiting to pay for my purchases at the Antique Angel stand.

That's it..... I've ran out of things to show you.    It's way past my bedtime now so I'm going to love you and leave you.   I've been short on beauty sleep recently and it definately shows!

Take care..... till next time

Josie X


rosie said...

Miss Josie, I so wish I had been there with you!! I missed our quilt shows this year, probably a good thing for my pocket!!
You have beautiful taste in fabrics..There are many hours of fun ahead of you with all your goodies...

Linda Coleman said...

lovely purchases, just wen to look at the book on quiltmania and now I am so jealous.

Kitty said...

i'm so envious, wish i could have gone with you! What a fabulous selection of purchases - can't wait for my next visit to see them in the flesh. They all look great,looking forward to seeing what you make with them.

Wendy said...

What gorgeous buys, you will have such fun planning and starting your new projects. Looking forward to seeing what you make.

Kathy said...

Oh Boy - you are going to have so much fun with all those bits and pieces! I love the look of 'Tilda's Studio' - I've seen a review somewhere for that and it might need to go on my wish list!

Joanna @ ShapeMoth said...

I just bought me (received today) a copy of 'Simple shapes, spectacular quilts' and indeed it's just blowing my mind off! Full of wonderful photos and gorgeous quilts. I'm quite ignorant about quilt books and haven't heard about it until accidentaly I saw it on Amazon. And now I have it on my book shelf :)

Raewyn said...

O what fun - I approve of all your buys :-) I've been ogling "My quilting Life" too--- am very tempted to do a bit of on-line ordering. I'm pleased you will have plenty to keep you busy when you are busy living the simple life with no power - after stoking up the fire to bake the bread and handwashing all your linen, you will be able to sit and relax with some hand sewing - ahh bliss!!