My friend Jen and I paid a visit to the fall Creativ Festival yesterday, and it did not disappoint. As usual, there was an amazing selection of yarns, fabrics, notions, beads, jewelry supplies, books and crafty gadgetry. This year I steered clear of the fancy sewing machines so I wouldn’t be tempted, especially after my computerized sewing machine impulse buy at the 2010 Creative Festival! Those long-arm quilting machines did look mighty fine from afar, though…
One booth had an alpaca!?!
One of my favourite parts of the Creativ Festival is checking out the hilarious novelty quilting fabrics. One stall had their novelty fabrics catalogued by subjects like “construction”, “baseball” and “birdhouses” — so convenient! Here are my 3 favourite novelty fabrics from this year… perhaps one day I’ll make a quilted vest that incorporates ‘I Love Lucy’, basketball and Hawaiian beach kitties?
Jen found some great jewelry making supplies, including a beautiful recycled glass beads from Africa and some rather fluorescent orange crystals that we decided were more awesome than tacky.
And I had some great fabric finds!
These green and brown fabrics are for a buzzsaw quilt that will be a wedding gift for some good friends. (I can’t wait to see how it turns out!!)
I’m also working on a quilt for another set of good friends who are getting married next year. It will have multi-coloured log cabin blocks separated by sashing. I’ve used up my fat quarter stash on the blocks I’ve made so far so I had an excuse to stock up on more! These fabrics are so pretty!
I’ll be using the beige floral fabric here as sashing for the log cabin quilt mentioned above. The plaid fabric is a really pretty woven rayon, and I’m going to use it for my first Wiksten tank in the near future!
The Creativ Festival is still running today at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre until 5:00, so check it out if you’re in the T Dot!