Saturday, 26 August 2017

Festival of Quilts 2017

Festival of Quilt 2017

This year we have decided to take the plunge and have a stand at Festival of Quilts. This was a massive gamble as not only is the stand extortionately expensive, but we also needed accommodation for six nights and van hire.

FOQ uses the shell system for the stands - which I must say is superb. Its much better than having a stand immediately behind you and just the invisible demarkation line between.  Indeed at Malvern, the stand behind kept collapsing on top of ours due to the ground being on a slope in the marquee!

We collected and loaded the van on Tue then traveled down to our accommodation on Wed.  We like to go self catering when doing a show as there is just a bit more room to spread out and relax.  We stayed on an equestrian farm situated in lovely countryside.

Our cottage overlooked the menage where lessons were held each day.  Behind our cottage there was a large car parking area bordered by the chickens and opposite the horses stables and barns.

Towards the bottom of the farm, there were large fishing lakes where people could pay for a rod and fish and then beyond this was the space they used for wedding marquees for their wedding business.

It was lovely and relaxing to visit the horses on an evening and we stocked up on carrots and polos for them.  After a couple of days, they got to expect us visiting them - lol.

Wednesday was a long hard day spent setting up our Quilt Sandwich Stall at the NEC.

 Quilt Sandwich - The biggest range of extra wide fabric in the UK

We really enjoyed working the show and meeting quilters from far and wide and all over the world.

The downside was that we didn't really get chance to have a good look round and the stall where I wanted to make purchases were not there early enough in the mornings!

Here are just a few quilts which I managed to snap -

Brigit Schuller - The Sprinter

 Annalise Littlefair - The Trouble with Magenta - hot or not

Mary Palmer & Ann Kiely - Tidings

 Jacqueline Harvey - Silvery Threads

 Philippa Naylor - Measure for Measure

 Friday Frolics - The Four Seasons

This one was started on retreat here at Quilt Sandwich on a retreat with Claudia Pfeil

 Paradox by Claudia Pfeil

Sunday came all too soon and then after the show we had to pack it all back into the van, although there was a great deal less fabric than when we set off!

We arrived back at our farm exhausted and sat down to dinner at 10.30pm!

The next day, after a farewell visit to the horses we headed off home.

Friday, 2 June 2017

FREE TICKETS For Festival of Quilts

I Have 8 free tickets for Festival of Quilts 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham

Simply place an order of over £30 via our website here

 - or via the phone if you don't like ordering on line (tel 01262 672433) & add a FREE TICKET to your basket.

Quilt Sandwich will be at FOQ this year and has the largest range of Extra Wide Fabrics in the UK - SO remember to bring your tops/blocks/swatches to match up for your backing fabrics.

We will also be launching more of our own QS Batik Fabrics - another 30 will be be arriving in time for FOQ, making the QS Range now 50 different traditional Indonesian Batiks all extra wide (110 inches)

If your order is under £30 and you add a ticket - you will not receive one.
If you add more than one ticket to a £30+ order, you will just receive one.
Tickets will not automatically be added - so make sure you pop one in the basket if you want one.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Batik Fabric produced especially for Quilt Sandwich

We are really excited - we have placed our next order for some more extra wide batik fabric.

This is being specially produced for us in Java using traditional methods. We have ordered 30 new designs / colours to add to our existing QS Batik range of 20 designs.

Here are some photos showing the actual fabric in production.

Batik Fabric Production for Quilt Sandwich

QS Batik Fabric

Quilt Back

Extra Wide Fabric

Batik Stamping

Stamping Batik

QS Batik Fabric

QS Tie Die fabric

Batik fabric drying in the sun

Batik Fabric washing

batik production

drying batik fabric

This really interesting video shows the full production method by this factory.

The Batik Process

When all our fabrics are ready, they will leave the factory in Java and head to the UK via container ship and this will journey will take around 5 to 6 weeks.

The new fabrics will certainly be here in time for Festival of Quilts in August and will be in our on line shop here  as soon as they arrive.Quilt Sandwich has the largest range of extra wide fabric / Quilt backs in the UK.