When you live a fair distance from a well-stocked specialty patchwork and quilting store, the marketplace at events such as the Sydney Quilt Show has extra appeal.
I may not return home with quite the same haul as Helen’s foray at Quilts UK but I do cruise the aisles with intent and invariably come home with a bag of goodies from vendors such as The Thread Studio and Punch with Judy. And of course I can’t go past Dyed & Gone to Heaven without picking up a scrap bag or two to supplement my own dyeing endeavours.
I try to be selective and discerning in my purchases but sometimes I goof. Fallling into the “it seemed like a good idea at the time” category are such items as:
- Strip Piecing Rulers – a set of six 23 inch perpex rulers, ranging in width from one to three inches, which I thought would be perfect for making this jacket pattern. Alas these rulers are no substitute for a decent 24x6inch ruler which sits flat and even across the full width your fabric and doesn’t move around;
- 10″ block Seven Sisters Templates – I know I wanted a hand piecing project for travelling but the diamonds on this beauty are only one inch across. Who did I think I was kidding?!; and
- The Curvemaster Foot (sorry Caity!) which never quite lived up to the hype, at least not on my machine with this operator, although I can sew a mean curve with my regular quarter inch foot.
If you have ever suffered an attack of gadgetitis with ill effect, I’d love to hear your story!
(Sorry no photos today. Photos would mean having to clear my workspace which is currently covered in Quilt Show paperwork.)