So… the Adelaide Quilt and Craft Show was on again last week. I took Friday off and attended with my mum for the day. As I have been focussing a lot on working on miniatures and making doll clothes, I did think that I would not be as caught up in the fair, but I was still excited and really looking forward to the day. (and of course the shopping!)
I have a pic of the line up that I want to put here, but I forgot it… Most of the booths and displays did not allow photos or if they did, did not allow it to be published on blogs. I think it’s silly – but that is my personal opinion. So there are no Craft Show Eye Candy photos.
I had a list of things I was going to look for:
- an embossing stylus (it’s really useful for making miniature flowers and I am sure lots of other things)
- some flannel fatquarters (still secret at the moment)
- issue 7 and issue 8 of Vignette for the Vignette in Stitches Mystery Quilt
- A kimono patchwork pattern (for my Asian influenced roombox)
- A temari ball pattern (I think they are awesome!)
- Anything scrapbooking wise that can be used in the dollhouses and roomboxes
- 32 Thread count or higher linen for doll house scale needlework
- Any cheap mini paper punches
- Anything else that would catch my eye
We attended 3 workshops but missed out on one that we would also have liked to see due to a time clash. The one we missed out on was by Monica Poole, the designer behind moonshine designs. It was about her methods of doing quilt as you go. I have a pattern by Monica, which I started working on one day in August last year, and then promptly stashed it away without touching it since.
I was so excited by all the quilts on show in both the quilting store stands and in the amazingly gorgeous exhibition that I was inspired to get going again on the Sleepy Sheep Quilt. The idea behind the quilt as you go here is that you use double sided fusible interfacing , make your sandwich via Monica’s directions and then a tiny bit of quilting later you are good to go.
Because this was really the first actual item I would free motion quilt on other than the practise pieces in the class that I did, I did initially find it quite daunting. I took out another practise piece (after finishing two striped panels of the quilt – I had already completed one striped panel and a free motion quilted panel of sheep) and played around with my free motion foot. Everything seemed ok, still scary, but ok and I went ahead and dove into the sheep panel. 8 Sheep bodies down and 3 sheep heads in to the quilting I managed to get a serious thread tangle around the motor of my machine getting a “safety device has been activated” message and could not sew any longer. Because the tangle is in the deep dark reaches of the body of the machine, that I did not want to open up and play with, my recourse is a service. I am due for a service (I bought my machine in September last year) so I don’t mind but I did mind losing momentum on finishing this very cute and long awaited quilt project.
I will get my machine back in a couple of weeks (eek!). I do have an older machine I could play with in the interim but I am not sure I would be comfortable with doing the free motion quilting on that one, even though it is the machine I did my class on.
Arya did a great job of inspecting my work and testing the quilting out for comfort.