Monday, 7 July 2014

I met Pat Bravo and ate cake too


On Friday I attended the Art Gallery Fabrics Fabric Conference at the Custard Factory in Birmingham organised by Hantex. Pat Bravo and her husband Walter are the founders and owners of AGF. I wasn't really sure what to expect but I left feeling totally inspired. Pat Bravo is so full of energy, passion and enthusiasm for her work. Here she is demonstrating machine sewing hexies:


She gave a fantastic talk all about AGF, starting with where it began and her journey to create a brand that produces fabulous prints and beautifully coloured solids, that now has a team of talented designers from a wide range of artistic and sewing backgrounds. Pat had us welling up when she talked about her love for her husband, she is so genuine and really puts her all into their business. There were so many inspiring ideas and lots of 'oohs and aahs' looking at the current and future fabric ranges.


There were lots of lovely samples on display:


The lunch was delicious, yes I ate one of those huge slices of cake!



And I was in good company. These ladies made my day even more fun, it was nice to catch up and I had a proper good laugh (yes I may have even snorted in front of Justine and Katy!):

The delightful Trudi, Justine and Katy

Lynne was there too but I only got a shot of her backside ;)


I don't get out often and meeting up with quilty friends was a real treat. I can't tell you how much creative mojo and excitement about my work I have thanks to Pat Bravo and how much I want to make some leggings using the new Art Gallery Fabrics knits!

 You can find UK stockists of AGF on the Hantex website here - including Patchfinders!



14 comments:

  1. Sounds like an amazing day! Lucky girl! ;-)

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  2. What a fabulous day this sounds-great to meet up with so many other crafters -the examples are so inspiring and the cake looked divine! I'm off to check out those new knit fabrics now... Alison xx

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  3. Fabric, food and friends, what more could you want?

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  4. Isn't it amazing how energizing it can be to be around passionate people? Happy that you got to spend time with quilty friends, Lucy. Looking forward to seeing what knits you will choose - I've got my eye on some AMH knits at the moment. Must check out those AGF ones!

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  5. It looks like you had an exciting day. I love Pat Bravo designs especially Rapture (citrus) but difficult to find anywhere that stocks the complete ranges here in the UK.

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  6. Great day out and Lynne's backside is good too!

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  7. The cake looks lovely!
    Glad you enjoyed being inspired.

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  8. What a great day out. It's so much fun to be able to meet up with stitchy friends.

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  9. Sounds like you had a great day! It's always good to get out with some like-minded people and get excited about your craft all over again!

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  10. That sounds like an absolutely wonderful day! I'm so glad you had fun...and cake :)

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  11. Sounds like you had a great time! Jealous but really happy for you! I get to go see Alex on the 19th! Hope you made some great contacts!

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  12. Sounds like the best day ever!

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  13. Fun times. It would be lovely to meet up with online friends. I think Susan Canadian Abroad went to. Did you meet up with her?

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