The Quilt Festival Part 2: The Stalls and Nifty Products IMG_2111 Full view

The Quilt Festival Part 2: The Stalls and Nifty Products

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At the Festival of Quilts, it is very hard to resist the stalls. They are a–ahem–colourful patchwork of temptation–from gorgeous vistas of colour, to scrumptious tidbits for embellishment.

There are stalls dedicated to clever contraptions for every specialist need. I started taking pictures of one product a bit tongue-in-cheek, but then spotted another equally specialist tool that I coveted, and was appropriately humbled.

In the end I decide I needed to chronicle some of these. There were a number I thought were clever, but perhaps odd, luxuries: the car carpet for preventing your sewing machine pedal from skidding, quilt roll clips, the rotary cutting machine!

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I was absolutely smitten with the circle ruler (left)–with degrees as well as metric and imperial measures… hint hint hint. Seems like it could be really useful in dressmaking and other sewing. Have you used one? Is it actually useful?

 

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But my crush paled in comparison to the love I had for this new-fangled, old-style wooden quilt frame (above right), with which I’d happily run away. So much potential–it could allow us to collaboratively hand-quilt one of our community creations! Or use the sewing machines we have as long-arm sewing machines! I see a grant application in our future on this one… unless you have £700 to sponsor us?

Unavoidably I suppose, there were a “few” finds I couldn’t resist:

 I had a lovely chat with Kaffe Fassett and another with his studio manager and fellow designer Brandon Mably. I've got strips from their collections for a project concept... and they were a total deal. I kinda accidently started a scrum over the display basket actually.
I had a lovely chat with Kaffe Fassett and another with his studio manager and fellow designer Brandon Mably. I’ve got strips from their collections for a project concept… and they were a total deal. I kinda accidently started a scrum over the display basket, actually.
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She might not know it, but my daughter had to have this hot air balloon fabric made into a skirt with the giant ric rac. And another skirt has to have one of “Il etait one fois” exquisite patches–especially since the main character has curly locks like hers.

 

 

 

 

 

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These purchases were all sensible and necessary. The gorgeous orange and flower one at the top is from fab designer Nel Whatmore (did I tell you I met her at the show?!?) and perfect for the stash of orange and yellow feedback-esque fabrics for my 1920s quilt plan. There are two Joel Dewberry fabrics that require turning into garments for myself. There is that lush woven silk that Debs would love and so need to be a bag for her post-op present–and those robots. Okay, the robots may have not been absolutely necessary, but well, they’re fab aren’t they?
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Fabric crayons! The whole realm of fabric painting and printing is very intriguing to me, but I expect I will love it too much and am simply not ready for that commitment, if you know what I mean? But fabric crayons? A doodle here, a sketch there? Colouring in a bit of this and that? Well, I should resist… Oh yeah, I have a six-and-a-half year old! I’ll get them for her. And verdict? Total hit. Look at her eagerly colouring in her t-shirt! (And oh, yeah, I have made a themed set of patches for my quilts in progress pile.)
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We’ve already used these map fabrics in Sew and Tell ESL–and they have inspired some forward plans.

Have you used any specialist/quirky products you now wouldn’t do without? What is your oddest tool? Why do you love it?

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