Whilst in Glasgow today I persuaded my OH, on a spur of the moment thing, to take a run through to Edinburgh.
There was a crafty, ulterior motive, for I knew Jo Bearpaw was about to open her Fringe exhibition in her lovely Edinburgh shop, The Avery Homestore.
Jo is the brains and energy (oh, so much energy) behind the Stitch Gathering on 25th August in the Capital.
I am excited to be teaching a class in Crazy Patchwork that day but in the run up to this first (for I am sure there will be more) Gathering, Jo decided to celebrate modern quilting and how it has been created and influenced by the online community.
My Hexie quilt is there,
it was created by following an online SAL with Lynne from Lily's Quilts and opened my eyes to the possibilities of revisiting old / traditional patterns with fresh, modern fabrics.
I have three other items on display, all made for me by other bloggers in three different Brit Swaps.
My first was from Alison, at Little Island Quilting, seen in the picture, below the little quilt I received in a subsequent Brit Swap, from Trudi at Quilting Prolifically.
My next item was a stunning cushion made for me by Reene from Nellie's Niceties, (who just happen to be hosting an amazing giveaway today) again, in a Brit Swap.
I hadn't been to Jo's shop before other than online but I can tell you I could have stayed all afternoon. It is such a pretty space, crammed with goodness of the crafty & homestyle kind! I took some photos, sadly only on my phone - remember this was a spur of the moment trip.
So if you are within an impromtu trip to Edinburgh - GO! You will not be disappointed. The shop is situated in a super part of town, full of interesting shops and eating places. And if you live far away, you can always visit virtually.
Have a great weekend.