There are some things I really enjoy:
* birthdays - yours mine and theirs
* quilting - yours mine and theirs
* quilt festivals - the closer to home the better
* picking fresh goodies to eat out of the garden
* sunshine - anywhere anytime
* seeing new things/places
Earlier this year we lost my brother in a road traffic accident. It was horrible and for sometime it had me battling with some demons. In the midst of all of it I turned 50. It was a birthday I had actually been looking forward to but as it was a week after he died it became quite irrelevant. Days, weeks and months passed and it was time for the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham and I've been lucky enough to go every years since 2007.
This year Enman arranged for us to stay with his sister, took time off work, drove us down, gave me spending money, dropped me off and at the end of the day picked me up again. The rest of the weekend we spent in the good company of his family. That was my birthday present from my man! Isn't he just the best!
It was lovely to see all the quilts, exquisite workmanship, new ideas, all the fabrics, extra notions and just enjoy the experience. This time I decided to shop first and then look at all the displays. One of the first things I did was sign up for a monthly subscription of the Sew Hip magazine. I've been getting them since the first issue came out and they're great reading and inspiration. Some months there are patterns that jump out and have sent me to the sewing machine and then they're great reading with a cup of tea. Having signed up Alice offered a choice of gifts and guess what I found:
She then told me that Kaffe Fassett was at the Festival, where he would be and when, so after chatting a little bit more I headed over to his stall and there he was knitting. He must have thought I was such a dork, just standing there watching him. Eventually I found my voice and asked him if he would be kind enough to sign the book for me and he did. Straight after a group of women arrived and got busy chatting with him while he signed their books and took photo's. One day, hopefully, I'll also be able to get a picture. In the past I've bought some of his other books and absolutely love his use of colour and the way he is able to look at shapes that we all look at every day and just make them extra special. Just getting the book and having him sign it was the best birthday pressie ever, but it did not stop there. Other shopping included
Something for the stash ........
Some Moda for a quilt-along over at Fat Quarterly
and some more stash building fat quarters .... just because I liked the colours.
All in all this the day / weekend was one hellova birthday present!! Enman turns 5 in three weeks .... how on earth do you top this?
Edit: Enman turns 50 in three weeks ... Oh boy ... it's a good thing he has a wonderful sense of humour :)