I'm really lucky as I live relatively near so I'm able to go on 2 days. This is really useful as I usually end up rather frazzled after a day and when I get home I realise, after looking at the programme, I've missed a whole chunk of the show out. I also need a bit more time as I've promised to write a review for a new zine - The Quarter Inch. So although I'm going to post some things on my blog I'll be saving some bits for the zine.
I've got a few tips for first timers going to the Festival of Quilts.
- Make sure you note which car park your car is in. I know it sounds really obvious but honestly, in the excitement, it's easy to forget.
- Buy your car park ticket on the way in - the queues on the way out are always worse.
- If you decide to drag DH along as your official purchases carrier - don't forget you can always drop stuff off at the car during the day - the coaches run all the time.
- The seating area for eating last year was a great improvement on the year before - I only hope it's as good again this year.
- Bags - try to have your bags crossed over you - it leaves hands free for having a good old riffle through things. And I've also heard a number of stall holders comment that a bag on their fabrics isn't appreciated - you may have already put it on the floor and it may mark the fabric.
- There are cash points at the NEC but as the day goes on, the queues do get longer - there's always more to buy than you think.
- I tend to take a shopping list as I get overwhelmed with the choice - I always buy more, but at least I get what I really need.
- Also if you have some cards with your details on they can be useful as you're likely to bump into people you know or you may want to leave your details with someone so they can post details onto you later.
I hope that helps - I'm sure I'll think of more when I've been on Thursday - I'll let you know what it's like.
I'll be meeting up with a few other bloggers and quilting friends so hopefully between us we should be able to pick out the best bits of the show. For the zine I'd love to hear what you think of the show - you might even get quoted in the zine.......