Toronto Creativ Festival

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I spent a glorious day wandering the isles of the Toronto Creativ Festival with my dear friend today. While in years past I left the show laden down with the latest, juiciest fabrics on the market, this year the selection seemed a bit blah. The word we kept coming up with was “underwhelming“. Much like the water left in the sink after washing the nights’ dishes, I felt like what the vendors brought us was going to be tossed after we were through. Only a few vendors had any fun new tidbits to choose from. Even the Kaffe Fasset booth had fabrics we had seen at the last two shows. My friend did get some gorgeous oakshott solids from them but the rest was a “been there, done that” experience. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Kaffe, but if you’ve already got plenty of yardage at home, why buy fat quarters of it?

The day was still much fun and I did end up with quite the haul!


I bought some traditional Christmas fabric to finish off some of the items I am making my mom and I finally found some Winters Lane (top right) but only 1/2 yard cuts and a panel.  I’m still not sure what I’ll end up doing with it but that particular fabric is for me!

IMG_1082I bought 3 Grant Park charm packs but I feel like this is an older line.  I’m sure I’ve seen it around for a while.  None the less, I still love it and have a lap quilt in mind for these little sweets.

The rest of my haul was notions and such…

IMG_1086New pair of quilting gloves and Sew Slip – sticky on one side, slippery on the other to make FMQing easier.

I’ll have to let you know if it really works.

IMG_1085Pins, Pins, Pins!

All of these goodies were buy one, get one so I doubled up on each of them.

IMG_1089Wonderfil Thread!

I have used it and like it.  I haven’t tried Aurifil but this is supposed to be comparable.  I love the variegated colours.  They can either blend or jump out depending on where you use them in the quilt.  I’m still learning about threads and appreciate the help the Wonderfil folks give when I’ve bought from them.  I believe they are a Canadian company as well, and that makes me feel good about buying from them.  They also have a buy 5 get 1 special at the shows.  No you didn’t count wrong, I split the sale with my friend, although I think she got the short end of that deal.


I picked up a couple of books I’ve had on my wishlist for a bit.  Look how young Angela looks!

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And…. my new baby!

I’ve been eyeballing the Accuquilt Go cutters for a while now and even though this wasn’t really on my list for this time around, I bought it anyway!  I am justifying it by not making any real fabric purchases.  I bought the Go Baby! because most of what I wanted it for is my scraps.  I have bins and bins of scraps but they seem daunting in all their disorganized sizes.  I bought the die to cut 4″ and 2.5″ squares and 2.5″ triangles and a strip die that cuts 2″, 1.5″ and 1″ strips.  I figure if I need wider strips, I can use my ruler and a rotary cutter.

I spent the evening cutting up some of my scraps.  While watching a movie with the guys, I was able to cut all of my orange scraps and my yellow scraps into usable squares, triangles and strips.  That’s two whole bins of scraps!  After a bit my son even started to cut some for me.  He was having quite a bit of fun!

I’m thinking this is going to save me many hours of tedious cutting and I may just have a helper that is willing to do it for me.  That’s a score on two counts!

So while everyone else is at Quilt Market, I was able to gather with like-minded crafters, make a few purchases and spend a lovely day with a lovely lady.

That’s a score on all counts!

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3 Responses to Toronto Creativ Festival

  1. I haven’t been to a show in ages. Judging by your haul, it was a good one.

  2. Rita Ferber says:

    Yes, all in all, it was a pretty good show!

  3. smosselman says:

    it was a fun time, sewed up a cute bib for the upcoming bday boy…

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