This year will be my second year working at Festival of Quilts. It seems like yesterday that I turned up at Pinhole Quilting’s stand, well shall I say floor space because on the Tuesday lunchtime that was all it was!, as the new girl and not really knowing what to expect. I had bought my Handi Quilter machine 2 years before and I loved it, but would that be enough to get by four days of demonstrating at Europe’s largest quilt show? I needn’t have worried because I loved every minute of it. I got to meet other owners, talked longarm quilting with prospective buyers, saw friends both old and new who dropped by the stand and, last but not least, got to play around on all the lovely machines – what’s not to love?!
This year I feel more prepared going into it and I have the added bonus of having just been made a Handi Quilter Educator – one of two in the UK! I have learnt so much in my 3 years of owning the machine that it is going to be a joy being able to impart some of the knowledge onto others. I have taught some sessions recently and it is just wonderful to interact with other quilters and see them come on in leaps and bounds. As well as demonstrating this year, I, along with a few others, will be teaching teaching 45 minute One-on-One sessions on the stand. If you are interested there are still a few spaces left, click here to see. The cost of the session can be redeemed as a voucher to spend on the stand – where there are lots of lovely accessories and also a full colour range of Glide thread, which works brilliantly in longarm machines and domestic machines alike.
Fellow blogger Lynda Jackson will also be on Stand C39 – so be sure to pop by and say hi to us.
Other bloggers on stands include: Abbie Searle, who will be on Kaleidoscope’s stand; Helen Kent, who will be on the Stand E32 for British Patchwork & Quilting along with the UKQU Fire & Ice Sew a Rows; and Fiona Garth who will be trading as Quilt Sandwich on Stand D13.
Bloggers also feature on The Quilter’s Guild stands. In fact, first up I need to mention Sheena Roberts who is the Festival of Quilts Officer for the Quilters Guild – needless to say you may see her but she might not see you as she will be rather busy for the week! Then there is Carolyn Gibbs who will be on the British Quilt Study Group stand and Arlene McLeish who will be on the Miniature Group stand.
The creative textile studio is a great place to visit, several times over the course of the day or festival if you can, and blogger Sam Cross Jones will be in there all four days.
There will also be bloggers teaching: Carolyn Gibbs still has a few few spaces left so if you have yet to book your workshops take a look here and Gill Towell is also there teaching – two of her classes are sold out but there’s limited space on her childrens class.
Needless to say lots of us will also have quilts in various categories and exhibitions so keep an eye for these names Marijke van Welzen, Corrine Curtis, Lynda Jackson and of course me Abigail Sheridan de Graaff, mine are in Modern and Group!