Sunday, March 31, 2013

We survived London

And we managed to surprise Matthew at Gatwick airport - his response "Oh it's you" was a little underwhelming but perhaps typical of a teenage boy. We last saw matthew at the end of February half term when he returned to Welbeck. School finished a week ago and he went on the school skiing trip to Kitzbuhel. They came back on the Ferry and landed in Dover where they left the coach and took the cross country train to London Gatwick. Matthew knows the cross country route and its changes well as that's the route that they take to get to the Farm in Kent.

Whilst in  London we had a few crafty things to look out for. Our first success was a trip out to West Hampstead to The Village Haberdashery.


I was momentarily distracted by Bill Nighy walking along the road,  but I did manage to pick up a few bits!! The first bundle is all of the range that Annie stocks of Comma by Zen Chic. There are also green fabrics in the line and others that I will have to try and source.

 
Then some Summerville Spring.
 
 
Some basics including two greys and two Architextures text prints.
 
 
Some Pearl Bracelets and a couple of others. I thought I'd bought more pearl bracelet FQs.




 

And whilst stood at the till waiting for fabric to be cut, I browsed the scrap bin. Amazing how much more interesting other people's scraps are to your own. I picked some plains, Denyse Schmidt, Pearl Bracelet etc.
 
 
And I know some of you are asking yourself, what is she going to do with those fabrics, I am putting the following together for the Orbit quilt along. I know it has finished but I do think it's a lovely pattern and not too challenging now I have my design boards back.
 

One of the first places we visited on Friday was Selfridges magazine department to pick up a copy of Love Quilting and Patchwork or so I hoped, I had to be satisfied with a copy of Quilty instead. There are not many WH Smiths on Oxford Street but as we approached the bottom of Lower Oxford Street yesterday, Lizzie remembered one where we'd bought lottery tickets on a previous visit. And success. Friday afternoon we ventured out to London Bridge to see the Kaffe Fassett retrospective. I am not a big fan but it was interesting none the less and so much to look at. I had seen an exhibition at the V&A at least 25 years ago where it was said his inspiration came from ginger jars and the like at the museum but here it was claimed it was pottery bought in Portobello Market.

 
Time to put the roast potatoes in for our Easter Sunday lunch. Tomorrow sees a lot of BOM patterns released and the first week of the Frosted Pumpkin's Spring sampler. What to start first?
 
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14 comments:

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Fabulous fabric picks! I hope I can get that magazine somewhere!

Liz DandeliondD said...

Wow what a great haul from Annie's lovely shop.
I love everything you got.
Happy Easter

Lorraine said...

love them all, cannot wait to see what you do with them

Cheryll said...

Ooohhh N-I-C-E! Any immediate plans... or do we just wait to see...lol :)

memmens said...

Sounds like a great trip. I'm a bit of a Kaffe fan and hoping to get to London to see it soon. Your Orbit quilt will look stunning with those fabrics, and you're right it's a great pattern and didn't take me long to sew up.

Annabella said...

I used to have such a crush on Bill Nighy when he was in the Men's Room! Love your purchases from Annie :)

maria said...

What fabulous shopping!
How awful for you being allergic to chocolate!

QuiltCandy said...

How wonderful to go to a bricks and mortar quilting shop! And what lovely fabrics you picked up. Might have to have a sneak peek at your magazines ;-)

Jennie said...

That looks like some good shopping - I'll have to try and get to the shop next time I'm visiting my parents....

Beth said...

Pretty fabrics you ended up with on your shopping trip!

Deborah said...

What yummy fabric! Great selection! I would love to visit this shop......too bad it's so far away!

Thearica said...

OK! Can I come and play in those fabrics! yummy!!

I also wanted to let you know the April To Do List Linky is up on my blog if you want to link up this month.

Taryn said...

So many great fabrics! Your Orbit quilt is going to be gorgeous!

Thanks for linking up to Let's Get Acquainted this week!

factotum-of-arts.com said...

I love your fabric choices, I even have some of these :-)