First up was my first time at the FOQ - either as a visitor or as an exhibitor - so i had absolutely no idea what to expect. I had a small stand which i thought on the plan was quite tucked away - but turned out to be on one of the main aisles opposite the Virtual Studio, so i was able to watch their incredibly creations taking shape.
The work on show at the FOQ was simply astounding - i had no idea quilting was so beautiful and the craftsmanship in the pieces were phenomenal.
In fact - the only quilts i saw that i truly thought were achievable (with a lot of practice) were actually made by children at junior schools i later discovered!
The ladies (and the odd one or two gentlemen) were just lovely, friendly and pleased to see a vintage fabric and haberdashery stand there - so i am thrilled to be returning next year with tonnes more stock and another huge smile on my face ready to be inspired again.
After a few hours sleep it was back to working on my 'Craft Pack Challenge' This was a little adventure i set myself a month ago to see just how many projects i could work on with just one of my Mixed Craft Inspiration Packs. This was a lovely little journey as i realised just how many uses even i had not considered there were for the packs.
Just a little sample of the items i created at last count 15 (watch this space for the full report!) - for a step by step guide for a couple of them click here to go to the Hochanda Blog and a little post i did for them:
So, after a fabulous live show and a sell out for some products - i am back on the 3rd October for a lovely Autumn/Winter inspired show....more on that soon!
Right - off i trot to pack more fabulous goodies ready for the next event - The Handmade Fair!
See you soon