Ardingly’s spring quilt festival

I was lucky enough to get a morning away from home to visit the spring quilt festival in Ardingly with my friend Sarah. And it was perfect, after a few missed roads in the lovely English country side, we managed to get there just in time for the opening.

I was so excited as it was my first quilt show and I wasn’t disappointed!

It was a bit hectic with a lot of mature women elbowing you to get to the stands first, but I soon learnt to fend for myself! What women will turn into to get a piece of fabric!!

Some stands were absolutely lovely, with a wide range of pretty fabrics but my favorite ones were the Quilty Pleasures stand:

My friend Sarah browsing at the Quilty pleasures stand

and the Creative Quilting stand. I didn’t have enough time but I am definitively going to buy this pattern:

How cute and clever is that?? perfect way to clear your leftovers fabrics! (plus the lady, who I think is also French, was really lovely!!)

I went on to buy a few bits and pieces and some fabrics:

My bobbin case was broken so got a new fancy one, My thimble is rusted inside because of the sweat of hard work so bought this really soft one, plus it’s pink Yeah!

I needed a fabric marker and everyone keeps on talking about the greatness of that particular pen so I got it:

I got some batting:

I bought a jelly roll for my sister’s quilt, it is redwork renaissance by Chloe’s closet for moda

and another jelly roll:

I bought a fat quarter to go with that jelly roll, it will be the binding I think:

And lastly I bought a fat quarter that I know my eldest would absolutely love (I think it’s from Michael Miller):

It was then time for a cup of tea!

there was a quilt exhibition on the first floor. some of those quilts were absolutely amazing!! Some were less to my taste (very tacky and kitch) but I could really appreciate the work that has gone into them.

Here are a few of my favorite:

My friend sarah was in admiration in front of this kind of quilt, I have to say I’m not a fan but the work put into them was just amazing:

So a good recipe for a great morning: a lovely gossip in the car, great fabric to look at, lovely cuppa, a delightful quilt exhibition, a GOOd laugh (;)), no more money in the bank, and bob’s your uncle!

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