Last weekend I was up at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, held at Olympia in London. Lots of textile loveliness, I really like this show as it is about dressmaking and knitting, as much as it is about quilting.
Some highlights were seeing the knitted animals from Sincerely Louise, the vintage inspired knits from Jennie Atkinson and the Crochet Jungle from Toft. There were also some lovely quilts on display. I enjoyed seeing the quilts from London Quilters, made with a WW1 theme.
I hung around with my friend Wendy for most of the weekend, as she had a stand - see photos below. We did long days, made much easier by having a travel buddy. The photo at the end is the one I sent to my poor children on Saturday with the caption "morning"! She was there promoting her book, The Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking, as well as selling her patterns and tools. I feel she may have been a bad influence though, as I am planning on making myself some skirts for the summer...
The main reason I was there was to give talks on Patchwork and Quilting in the Lifestyle Theatre. This is second year I did this, and again it was great fun. In the morning I was demonstrating hand piecing (American style) and in the afternoon machine pieced Courthouse Steps. Both were aimed at beginners, or to give some new ideas to those who already make quilts. It was very busy, and great to chat and show off my samples at the end of each talk. If you have landed on my blog from meeting me there - a big hello to you!