A Day Out…

Yesterday was fun but exhausting! I think I left just before 545am and did not get back home until gone 11pm. The day seemed to go by so fast and still does not seem like 400 odd miles of driving!

Anyhow… look at this cute pouch Helen made and gave me yesterday- isn’t it adorable?

P1110391We managed to get to the Quilt Show in Bristol before it opened and had a walk around of the stalls before our classes. Helen did the Kantha class which looking at her work am jealous I didn’t but then that would have meant an extra day for me!

P1110385My first class was free motion quilting with the lovely Sarah of Edward and the Bear. I’ve done a tiny bit at home before but was never happy with my results it was nice to have the set time to play and see different techniques. I can definitely see these flowers and loops in a quilt sometime close in the future!

P1110389After seeing Alicia Merrett’s exhibition at the Festival of Quilts I jumped at the chance to take the map quilt class. It was a little bit different for me.. freehand cutting! So I am debating redoing my houses/settlements into something else… but once I’ve tackled a few things off my to do list… it be back to this. That purple strip in the middle is a road… not the real road yet.

P1110382I was pretty restrained with my purchases at the show literally just this… The panel piece is lots of smaller panels with woodland animals in a learn to count theme that I couldn’t resist.

P1110376And… I found my quilt! Can you tell I’m too short to take a proper photo?! There were some lovely quilts on show some have given me ideas…

Next up we headed back down to Exeter for the launch party of Fiona Pullen’s debut book Craft a Creative Business. After being stuck in traffic and downpours of rain we made it in time and found the Exeter Sewing Shop. It was a great evening loads turned out for the party and it was well deserved 🙂

P1110383I was very lucky in receiving a goody bag my favourite the polka dot embroidery scissors and Priory Square sample bits. Very good here too only got Fi’s book and a 3FQ bundle of Downton Abbey fabrics.

Phew… I might just go back to sleep now! Did anyone else make it?

I’m heading up to Cowslip tomorrow and back to work on Monday. But already looking forward to my next trip up to Exeter at the end of the month for the next South West Stitchers event. I best make a move on and sort out the secret santa gift.




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  1. Hi Hannah, You never told me you had a quilt in the show, you should have said I would have tracked it down. Looks fab. It was so nice to see you again at the book launch, thank you so much coming even though it meant such a long day for you. I look forward to seeing you at the sewing group in a couple of weeks.

  2. Jennifer Trew

     /  November 15, 2014

    Hi Hannah, your quilt looks brilliant hanging on the wall at the exhibition! Love the little pouch you were given. I have made lots of these in a small size to sell at Probus Christmas Fair at the end of the month. They look good with ric rac braid sewn near the edge for teeth and a couple of eyes and you have a ‘monster’ tissue pack holder. Hoping they sell well. I think I might make a larger one up like yours and see how that goes. You have had a busy weekend. Wish I was still young and fit, I would have joined you. Take care. Jenny


  3. Ooh do you have judges’ comments yet? I love Alicia Merrett’s work, her book is on my Christmas wish list. Also Fiona’s book is on my list to buy for a friend who I think quite desperately needs it as she’s trying hard and currently failing at setting up a business.


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