Following my office Christmas party last Thursday (far too busy pre-Christmas…) I took my first day off work this year to go to the Spring Stitch and Craft show at Olympia. This one was particularly interesting as the main feature was an exhibition of quilts made for each country participating in the 2012 Olympic Games: A Gift of Quilts. I was, without a doubt, the youngest person there by a good 20 years and, smelling slightly of prosecco, enjoyed an enlightening session creating a seascape from patchwork with a lovely lady named Sally. I want to say her last name was ‘Bercow’, but that wouldn’t be correct. Sorry Sally.
On the purchasing front I picked up a cool, industrial looking embroidery scissors that resembles a flick knife I bought Mr Welch a few years ago (aww, matching pocket weaponry…oh the romance!) and some great fabric packs from a supplier I hadn’t heard of before. Sunflowerfabrics.com has a sweet little range, with all the layer cakes and charm packs hand picked by the owner. It’s nice to have a bit of a change from the usual Moda beauties and, whereas some other print houses can be a bit hit and miss, the Sunflower collections all looked solid and very useable. I definitely spied a mix of Moda and Liberty in one of her mixes, which was refreshing. Apart from that I got a gorgeous Moda jellyroll that I hadn’t seen before – all soft greys and creams with a classic, almost musical vibe to some of the print.
Here are some pictures of some of the quilts. Hope you enjoy.