August 23, 2007

Birmingham Festival of Quilts AKA Where My Credit Card Was Cancelled for Overuse!!



The Girls at Birmingham Festival of Quilts, originally uploaded by Cathi O'Neill.

Well, not really. But it was stopped after a purchase from the Netherlands (really Petra Prins gorgeous stall at the Festival) and one from the UK within 20 minutes of each other, my credit card company thought something must be afoot!! But I wasn't to be held back from my purchases, I left the festival momentarily and got some CASH!!


We had a great day, a very long day (Aisling chose that night to wake up at 3, 3:30, 4 and 4:30am, at which time it was time to go to the airport for my 6:30am flight!) but a wonderful day of shopping and looking at some really wonderful work.

I even saw a black and white Dear Jane quilt, take a look! I set up an album of some of the quilts I saw in Flickr, click here to see!

Black and White Dear Jane at Birmingham Festival of Quilts

Barbara was there with her friend Celine (a French woman living in the UK), my friend Katy was there with her two daugthers, and my new friend Sherry, who I met through this blog and first met at the airport. It was really great to have a chance to chat with all my bloggy friends and to do a bit of retail therapy together. While I was there, Barbara gave me this wonderful bag she made for me! What wonderful friends I have :)!! I also got back my Crazy Quilt Round Robin, it is gorgeous, have a look!
Beautiful Bag that Barbara made me!!
CQ Wallhanging
Closeup of CQ Closeup of Crazy Quilt 1 Closeup of CQ

Sherry and I had plenty of time after the festival while waiting for our 10pm flight to actually get her setup on a new blog. She is a fellow American also with 2 daughters, a fellow quilter, and also married to an Irishman. We had a great time getting to know each other througout the day, and she and Barbara have also become friends now too. Ain't the blogging world great!! Please visit Sherry and welcome her to Blogland, tell her I sent ya, lol!!

I bought so many things at the festival...several kits for quilts, a sewing organizer, a doll, and don't get me started on my search for Japanese taupes...I bought quite a bit! Definitely a new love of mine since Barbara brought over my first taste of them on her visit in May!
Japanese Taupes Petra Prins Kit Fabric from Petra Prins Toy Patterns Trims and Notions Blackwork Sampler Autumn Applique Tablerunner Angel Sewing Organizer Hungarian Folk Art Fabric

No photos of current projects, but am working along on quilting my Dear Jane, knitting my sock and have started a reproduction antique sampler, could it be a new addiction forming?

17 comments:

Helen said...

I’m jealous; I hope that I can tag along next time? You seem to have had a great time, met a lot of new people and bought lots of goodies. I love the Blackwood House design 4078. The black Dear Jane quilt looks terrific. But if I ever make one, I prefer the original colours.
I said hello to Sherry! :)

Verry Sherry said...

Definitely a trip well worth! Thanks for the invite! Where to start on all the goodies? I'm like a deer in headlights, and you? Plan to make a dive into the Birmingham goods this weekend! Thx for the photos on flickr--mine went kaput!

Toni said...

now there's an interesting twist on the Dear Jane...incredible!!

I love shows, ya always spend too much, creative juices overflow and you are just exhausted! :D

Sarah Jayne said...

I'm glad you had a great time at the FoQ. I noticed lots of different accents and languages this year. What did you think was the best thing about it?

Celine Combet said...

Hi Cathy,
It was really nice to meet you and Sherry on Saturday. We went back on Sunday for just a little bit more retail therapy!!!!
Hope to see you again some time, if you want to practice your French for example!

Margaret Jenkins said...

Hi it was good to meet you when I was meeting Celine on Sat. I have to admit to spending some more money. In fact at the very stall you are pictured in front of. I bought the applique pattern on the wall behind you. Maybe we'll meet again next year.

Karol-Ann said...

Wow! That's really what I'd call "you shopped til' you dropped!" Hope you find lots of time to do all your new things.

Kate said...

Kind of silly to comment on your blog while I am IN your house... but just wanted to say thanks for posting that photo - perhaps someday my fringe will behave while I'm being photographed...

Margaret Jenkins said...

It's me again, just to say, that inspired by yourself I'm made my first attempt at blogging. Goodness only knows where this might lead.

Tracy said...

This post is treats overload, Cathi! LOL! Glad you had a grand, and brought back sooo many goodes too! That black/white DJ is amazing--what a great take on that. Barbara's bag is so charming--she's so clever! Have fun with all your new "toys" ;o) Have a super weekend ((HUGS))

Jenni said...

The black and white Dear Jane is amazing. Who would think? Glad you had fun, and I am very impressed that you had the credit card company on the hop. Very funny.

Jeanne said...

I would have loved to have been there, too. Thanks for sharing the black and white DJ quilt! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

Beth said...

Oh my gosh, you got some beautiful stuff there! That black and white DJ quilt is something else!

ruthsplace said...

Looks like a wonderful time (and an amazing haul). That black and white DJ is breath-taking.

Nice to know your credit card company is on the ball, even if it was inconvenient.

Connie W said...

Interesting DJ but I like yours better. Sounds like a very fun time was had by all. :)

lila said...

I'm a quilter and knitter and watercolor artist here in Arkansas. I found your blog following a trail from a blog in Australia!
How wonderful to take your girls to the quilt show!
I'll be back to check on your projects!

Susan said...

Great post of fun! I love the pic of the black and white DJ. I've never seen one like it. It sounds like it was a lovely show and the vendors were tempting! Your RR looks like it was worth the effort you put into everyone else's.