This weekend was the spring Creativ Festival in Toronto, held at the Mississauga Convention Centre. And of course, I went with a specific purpose — shop, shop, shop! I am almost ashamed to say I didn’t look at very many of the finished quilts, but I had a fabulous time perusing the different shops and picking up bargains.
To manage my shopping somewhat, I went with a specific list–fabrics in coral and green (both colours which I find difficult to buy online), a seam ripper, and some wool for another hat.
I find the lighting in these venues difficult–with a minimum of natural light, I must thank the random ladies who helped me decide if something was coral or pink, and who joined the discussion on whether fat quarters or half yards were better for stashing. One problem with fat quarters is the lack of printed selvedges, so some research will be in order on some of these. Although, I have to laugh at myself, once I started unrolling the fat quarters I started to see some trends as to my favourite designers.
The sources of these at the show were A Stitch in Time, Sew Sisters, Fabric Spot, and Len’s Mill Store.
Hapi Garden Heart Bloom in Pine (Amy Butler)
Stitch Square in Mint (Michael Miller)
Midwest Modern (Amy Butler)
UnknownDan Bennett Cosmos Allusions (Rowan)
Designer Essential Flora (Freespirit)
Power Pop (Jenean Morrison)
I never would have picked up the Hapi Garden online, but in person it is a lovely colour, like a comfortable leather armchair.
Corals from Creativ Festival, from top left:
Desert Blooms by Jane Dixon (Andover)
UnknownCaroline in Red, Taza (Dena Fishbein)
Avignon by Emily Taylor (Riley Blake)
Organic Soul by Amy Butler
Grace in Coral by Valori Wells (Freespirit)
Freespirit Designer Essential Flora
I must say, the corals and greens is a great combination, and as I sit here with them piled on my lap I am contemplating quilt designs.
But then of course there were a few others which I had to adopt and give a good home.
From top left:
Valori Wells Cocoon
UnknownTrailing Orchid in Blue Velvet, Organic Soul (Amy Butler)
Stitch Circle in Navy
Stitch Floral (Michael Miller)
Swallow Skies in Gypsy (Tula Pink)
3 x Sundials, Field Study (Anna Maria Horner)
Behind, Canvas from Bark and Branch
I have added individual photos of my unknowns, so leave me a comment if you can help (click on the photo to see larger in Flickr). Edited to add fabric names above, thanks Terri and Jen! Found the last one on etsy!
But alas, no seam ripper (mine is starting to get a bit dull, and I have lost the safety cap) or hat yarn came home with me.
I met up with Sherri from Thread Riding Hood, and one of the many topics we touched on was how difficult it is to judge scale online. And that gorgeous canvas from Bark and Branch from Fabric Spot is a good example of this. When I saw this print on the screen, I thought the leaves were about 4 inches high, but they are actually about 2 inches or so, and the texture of the canvas is so soft. Now, I will need to make a tote bag or two for summer use.
You will have to come back next week to see what else followed me home that was not on the original list.
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