Friday, 30 August 2013

Festival of Quilts - Part 2! The Cotton Patch and Handi Quilter Dinner

It struck me this morning as I reviewed my To Do list for the day (I am a list person and the certain knowledge that there are always items on it is frustrating and a relief in equal measure) that a week had passed already since I wrote the blog on Festival of Quilts Part 1.

So, time passes and I enjoyed finding this quote on time passing - as I started my day - 

"“Time has this way of slowing down and speeding up,depending on how it feels.” 
― Carol Lynch WilliamsWaiting "

It gave me something to ponder while I posted these pictures of The Cotton Patch and Handi Quilter Dinner that we held on Saturday night at the Metropole for Handi Quilter staff, Cotton Patch Staff, designers, demonstrators and guests.


Jean Sewell talking with Marti Michell

The Coats Ladies and Gents with Brandon Mably

The Coats Ladies and Gents with Brandon Mably

Angela Southey who demonstrated Sizzix at the Workshops
Nel Whatmore, Freespirit Designer for Coats

Katy Jones who demonstrated Sizzix on our stand

Handi Quilter Ambassadors Pauline Burbidge and Hilde van Schardenberg with
 Handi Quilter Head of Education Vicky Hoth

Ken and Angela from The Cotton Patch

Richard Michell talking with Joy Edgington, Cotton Patch Resident Tutor

Marti Michell and Jean Sewell

Stuart Hillard and Kaffe Fassett

Simon and Ellie from The Cotton Patch

Olivia, Simon, Ellie and Nikki from The Cotton Patch

Emily, Louise, Charlotte, Olivia, Simon, Ellie and Nikki from The Cotton Patch

Louise and Charlotte discussing how it was possible for a customer to get them mixed up!

Look - they don't even look remotely similar!

Brandon Mably - making us all laugh as usual!

Geoff Sewell's vote of thanks

Geoff Sewell's vote of thanks to everyone for a great Festival of Quilts





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Friday, 23 August 2013

Festival of Quilts 2013 Part 1

I've put Part 1 because I'm optimistic that I'll get to Part 2 at some point. It seems like only yesterday that we were packing up the five vans from the Festival of Quilts 2013.  By the time I'd collected the fourth one from the car park on Sunday evening (no short walk at the NEC and I felt like I'd done more than my share of exercise already...) the man on the gate must have felt like he was on Groundhog Day as he said with some doubt in his voice...  "You....again?"  

With lots of help we managed to get the content of all the stands into the vans and thankfully it all fitted!

So, here are a few photos from the show...more to follow. Soon!

Main Cotton Patch Stand - lots of notions and goodies plus wadding

Main Cotton Patch Stand - lots of notions and goodies plus wadding


Detail of winner of Two Person Quilts Category

Detail of winner of Two Person Quilts Category

Winner of Two Person Quilts Category

The Queue

And they're off!

Entrance to Festival


Lots of wadding

Jean Angela and Denise

Denise with Omnigrid, Marti Michell, Threads and Curvemaster

Sizzix dies

Lovely fabrics!

The Handi Quilter HQ18 Avante

The Handi Quilter HQ24 Fusion

Nikki Olivia Charlotte and Louise with the ever popular Handi Quilter Bags!

Louise giving out the free Handi Quilter bags

Louise and Olivia

Sandy Chandler demonstrating Curvemaster

Having a go on the Handi Quilter Sweet 16 Sit Down Longarm

Alan our Technical Support Engineer demonstrating the longarm Handi Quilter Machines

Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably

Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably

Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably with Nik Sewell

Gorgeous ribbons!

Picking Fabrics

Katy from Sizzix demonstrating die cutting

Stuart Hillard, Anne Rowley and Nik Sewell

Marti Michell demonstrating her rulers and templates

Marti and Richard Michell demonstrating her rulers and templates

Sandy Chandler demonstrating her curved piecing foot

Andrew and Malwina from Wonderfil

The Elna Machines

Liz Holpin demonstrating the Grace Frames

more fabrics

Geoff Sewell demonstrating the Handi Quilter HQ18 Avante

Our Elna Stand with Joy and Jayne




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The Cotton Patch is a family run patchwork and quilting business which was started by Jean Sewell in 1990. The shop is situated in Hall Green, Birmingham and expanded in 1999 to include the shop next door. Originally offering Mail Order catalogues, The Cotton Patch established one of the first patchwork and quilting websites in the UK. The Cotton Patch continues to be a premier supplier of patchwork and quilting fabrics, tools and notions and supplies customers throughout the UK and the world.