Summer Sewing Plans

I’ve a few sewing dates in my diary which I’m pretty excited about…

Festival of Quilts; 9th – 12th August at NEC

I’ve wanted to go to the Festival of Quilts for a couple of years but it’s always clashed with another date or I’ve not been able to get time off work. This year I’m going!! For the first time ever at a big show I’ve also booked a two day ticket and a couple of workshops!!! The show is held in Birmingham (where my daughter is at Uni) so I’m getting the early morning train down on the Thursday so I’ll be at the NEC for 10am when it opens. I can wander round the show in the morning, then in the afternoon I’ve booked two 1.5 hour workshops, both as it happens leaning more towards embroidery than quilting.

It’s tiring going round shows, so my theory is that by having three hours sat down I’ll then be rejuvenated to carry on wandering round! I’m staying in an Air B&B a couple of miles away for the night, so I can then return on the Friday for another wander round before Helen picks me up after lunch to drive home! I’ve even got a project to buy for as I’ve promised my niece a quilt!

If anyone fancies meeting up for coffee, let me know 🙂

Butterfly Brooch; 25th August at Fabbadashery in Halifax

This workshop is by Emma Frith, it’s to embroider a beautiful butterfly brooch. My plan is not to use it as a brooch, but to make another three and mount them like a tradition butterfly display. Lets see how the first one goes before I make too many plans!

Great Northern Quilt Show; 31st August to 2nd September at Great Yorkshire Show Ground

This is a much smaller show but there’s still plenty of stalls and an excellent exhibition of quilts. I’m not sure what day I’m going yet but I’ve promised my mum I’ll take her again, though this time I might take a wheelchair for her.

Raggedy Ruff BOM from September

I like to do Block of the Months to learn something, whether it’s basic piecing like the first couple of Pat Sloan ones I made, or lots of new techniques like with the Splendid Sampler quilts. Sometimes I choose a BOM to learn a specific technique (and because I love the design!) so I did the Down the Rabbit Hole to learn to do applique properly.

Over the last couple of months I’ve noticed an absolutely beautiful quilt on one of the facebook pages, it has British wildlife and flowers all around the quilt, it’s just gorgeous, when it was finished the maker mentioned that she would be offering it as a BOM, I was signed up within half an hour! She uses raw edge applique with machine embroidery, I’ve never done machine embroidery before, so that was a good reason to sign up. On her website (Raggedy Ruff Designs) she has some beautiful free designs, so I’m hoping to have chance to try one before I start the actual quilt. This free swallow pattern gives you an idea of what the quilt is like.

Sew Up North; September 29th in Leeds

This is a bloggers meetup, going round the fabric shops in Leeds, the organisers Becca and Sally have had to make it ticket only as the final venue is limited to 150, tickets are free but you do need to register. Whilst I’m local to Leeds so the shops are my usual haunts it’s great to meet up with everyone and chat sewing all day! Becca and Sally also work really hard to get lots of sponsors, so there’s a great raffle at the end and lots of money is raised for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. There’s always a swops table to, piled high with fabric and patterns!

There’s so much happening in the next three months, it’s pretty exciting 🙂

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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7 Responses to Summer Sewing Plans

  1. CurlsnSkirls says:

    So many wonderful things available over to you over there! Am eager to see & hear about your experience at Fabbadashery as Ali had a wonderful class there some time ago. Owner Chrissy W is a darling – please give her a hug from me & one to you, too!

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  2. Catherine says:

    It sounds like a wonderful summer of creating! I hope you enjoy the show. I’ve never done workshops at shows, so it will be good to hear your thoughts. Enjoy learning with Emma 😊 she’s a beautiful stitcher!

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    Wow, some pretty grand adventures coming your way! Enjoy!

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  4. Sounds like a fun couple of months! The butterfly concept sounds very cool!

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  5. Kate says:

    Oh, that butterfly is gorgeous! I can hardly wait to see how yours turns out, I love your idea of making a display!

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  6. tinaor says:

    Enjoy the Festival of Quilts. I agree it’s exhausting going to a show – but SOOO much fun!

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  7. rosejasm says:

    The butterfly looks awesome, I think I would do the same as you and mount them rather than a brooch – looking forward to seeing them

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