I think there's nothing better than meeting blog friends in real life... unless maybe you meet them at the Festival of Quilts and you get on with them even more than you thought.
I was lucky enough to meet up with the lovely Nat on Saturday in Birmingham. We literally spent so much time talking that we didn't see everything at the festival and I VERY nearly missed my train home - I had to rudely jump up and rush off - sorry Nat!! She was so wonderful and easy to talk to it was great fun.
We agreed to make our unborn babies little gifts and I was thrilled when I saw the beautiful owl hat she crocheted for me. Truly adorable!
For the pattern details and even better pictures, see Nat's post.
I made her a Buddy Rabbit from the book Dare to be Square by Boo Davis. I love this little guy and thanks to my friend Michala for suggesting it when I was thinking about what to make.
I used a cute, soft green gingham flannel for the main body and scraps for the tummy. I am so pleased she liked it :)
I have no pictures from the festival (so sorry Hadley!). I was enjoying the company of Susan, Nicky, Laura, Katy (Laura and Katy were both working super hard on the stands but it was nice to chat briefly) and Nat too much :)
I suggest looking at Susan's post for a glimpse at some of the quilts and a funny picture of Nicky and me and Nat with our bumps.
I did of course make some purchases...
I got a couple of lovely Liberty fat quarters - I have plans to make a red quilt and very little red fabrics!! So this is a good start:
A handy triangle ruler from Creative Grids:
And a two scrap bags of Japanese fabrics from The Eternal Maker. In fact there were so many in there that I thought I'd share and have a little giveaway:
You get all this! A couple are quite small scraps but great for paper piecing or little crafting accents, most of them are bigger than you see in this overlapping picture.
You get two chances to win:
**SORRY THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**
**If you are a no reply blogger please include your email address in the comment - if there is no way to contact you the entry will not count**
The winner will be chosen on Friday 24th August by Mr random.org
Also make sure you stop by on Saturday because I'll be having yet another giveaway as part of the Quilter's Gallery Blog Hop!