Posted by Liz on August 18th, 2012 (News)

Festival Of Quilts 2012

2012 was another great year at the Festival of Quilts. With nearly 1000 competition quilts and lots of shops the day was jam packed. I went to the Festival by MegaBus. The train seemed to be about £80 if I wanted to get there at opening time. Enter the MegaBus – a total of £13.50 and still only 2 hours each way. It would definatley be my travel reccommendation for anyone wanting to go next year. the bus left from Shudehill, and went to Birmingham International Airport. A quick shuttle tram took me to the train station and it was a five minute walk from there.

My favourite quilts were:

Kahr-Tog-Ruh-Fee by Kate Crossley

Kahr-Tog-Ruh-Fee by Kate Crossley

Colourful Kaleidoscope by Tracy Aplin

Colourful Kaleidoscope by Tracy Aplin

The Secret Garden by Fusion

The Secret Garden by Fusion

Graceful Dance by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga

Graceful Dance by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga

I’d saved some money up before I want this year and treated myself to some goodies. I needed some black thread and decided on some Mettler thread.

Mettler black quilting thread

I had also decided that it was time to get a rotary cutter and a quilters ruler. Straight, neat, perfectly sized shapes are hard to cut with scissors at the best of times, and because I’m an impatient person, my squares, rectangles and triangles end up a little bit wonky and mis-sized. Enter the rotary cutter and quilting ruler.

Rotary cutter

The rotary cutter is made by Olfa, which is quite a popular rotary cutter brand, and I can get my blades from Fred Aldous, or Patchfinders in Cheadle Hulme. I’m tried it (got the cuts to prove it!) and it works really well.

Quilting ruler

The quilting ruler is 6½ inches by 24 and will be perfectly sized for my 6 inch square blocks and sashing. It works on both light and dark fabrics, thanks to it’s yellowy colour.

The thing that I bought that wasn’t on my list was this beautiful purse clasp from one of the European sellers. They had so many sizes – all so beautiful, but I settled on this cute clasp for a purse.

Purse Clasp

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