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Creativ Festival – Spring 2016 {+ a giveaway!}

2016 May 10

Be Brave and Sew – a Trunk Show

This year’s Creativ Festival was definitely a different experience. I met with some new amazing shop owners, connected with new friends, met online friends in person and talked to old ones too. (Including Among Brenda’s Quilts and Bags who is providing a giveaway & discount today!)

I realized as I’m pulling photos together, that I didn’t manage very well in all the busyness to take a variety of photos. Unfortunately, most of these are from sponsor booths – something I plan to change at the Fall show! That said, I love my sponsors and have linked the photos to their shops so you can find all the fun stuff in the pictures. This post is an amazing list of great Canadian online resources!

Starting at the beginning…. I went to the show early on Thursday to deliver lots of samples and set my things with Janome. The “Quick on the Draw” Isogram mini-quilt went to Fabric Spark and the original Pretty Floral Divided Tote to Country Clothesline. My girls were thrilled that their tulle Easter Dresses were on display. And I am still so excited that I got to have my Sewing Diariessamples hung up at Janome as well. They even made me posters! *blush*

Friday was a whirlwind for sure, and I mostly concentrated on my Trunk Show and talking to lots of amazing sewers at the Janome booth afterwards. My sponsors provided some amazing prizes for both trunk shows - flannel fat quarter bundles from Fabric Please!, a Herringbone Runner kit from Fabric Spark, a calendar from Meerkat Shweshwe, fat quarter bundles from Country Clothesline and a lovely Carkai bundle from Sew Sisters. I got to give away so much fabric! Totally made my day :)

Pretty things from Country Clothesline.

Leanne from Country Clothesline.

Saturday was even more eventful. After the Trunk Show I was excited to get to walk around and actually shop! (My new stash is in this post.) I was thrilled to meet some of my online friends from various Facebook groups. Rachelle from That’s Sew Venice, Michelle Tims from Barabooboo Designs and the amazing Carla from Carla’s Creations.

I got to talk to Berene from Happy Sew Lucky briefly on Friday as well. She designed the amazing Rainbow Mash-Up Quilt below. Isn’t it gorgeous! You can get kits for it here. Monica from Earth Indigo and I met to chat as well. She has a new online shop with eco-friendly and ethical fabrics – some great jerseys (stripes!) and heirloom gorgeous fabrics!

Rainbow Mash-Up Quilt by Happy Sew Lucky. Kits from Fabric Spark.

Gorgeous variety of fat quarters from Fabric Spark!

I wanted to mention two “new-to-me” online Canadian shops as well. Catherine from Distinctive Sewing Supplies has an huge apparel stock, including lots of notions. I got to see some of her presentation on Saturday with the kids, which was fun! I was also introduced to Alma from Sew Fancy – Specialty Sewing Supplies. She gave me a tour of her shop and there are so many amazing unique products there! I can’t even begin to list them here, but once things settle down I’m going to have to go find some of her one-piece Velcro.

I couldn’t resist a photo of these rainbowtized solids from Fabric Please!

Whew… I also got to run around a bit with my kids, and let them choose fabric for some new dresses. They had fun checking out the booths and talking to everyone. Plus, it didn’t hurt that we got them the obligatory giant lemonade and ice cream cone of course!

I love that they can be involved in what I’m doing and they are so cute when they get excited that Mommy is “famous” because I’m in posters. Kids are awesome! It’s fun to show them hobbies other people have as well. Hopefully inspiring them to be all kinds of creative.

Towards the end of the show, I connected with Brenda from Among Brenda’s Quilts and Bags. She provided a giveaway here a few years ago and I’m excited to have her back! Here’s a little bit about this giveaway:

Every year at CreativFestival Brenda has numerous people ask to buy bag samples.  It’s taken some time, but she has begun manufacturing her own unique line of bags.  Today’s giveaway bag is called the Ellipse Bag.  But of course, if you love making your own bags, she carries all the patterns, hardware kits and things needed to sew your own.  Brenda loves to sew and knows that you do too!  

As a thank you Brenda is offering 15% off on all purchases till May 15th.  Use coupon code ILOVEBAGS! when you check out.  

This giveaway is open to readers from the US and Canada! From today (May 10th) until midnight May 16th, 2016. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email address. There’s a “click to enter”, no social media login entry too! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Since the Fall Creativ Festival is moving from downtown Toronto to the International Centre, I am curious to see how it affects the show and how it will be different or the same. Either way, I will be there and hope to see you there too!

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  1. May 10, 2016

    I didn’t get to see you at the Creativ Festival, maybe next time.

  2. Deb Pierog permalink
    May 10, 2016

    Sorry I missed you at the show, so happy it is not going to be downtown in the fall. Not a fan of the traffic :) . Looking forward to seeing you in the fall.

  3. DebraKay Neiman permalink
    May 10, 2016

    I love the Pattern, Dining Out, Table Service Carrier for Picnics. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  4. jonquil permalink
    May 10, 2016

    TheUrban Computer Satchel is my favorite pattern. So much work putting those displays together!

  5. May 10, 2016

    Dining out is my favorite, I think. Very unique and I could make this to use when we go camping. Thank you,

  6. Melissa F permalink
    May 10, 2016

    I love the Easter dresses! So sweet :)

  7. Claire Sutherland permalink
    May 10, 2016

    I love the bikini island bag x

  8. carol n permalink
    May 10, 2016

    I like the Ellipse bag! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. barbara woods permalink
    May 10, 2016

    love the 2b bag

  10. Laura permalink
    May 10, 2016

    The sweet talk phone bag is great. Would love to make several for gifts.

  11. Janie permalink
    May 10, 2016

    I like her clasps for the bags.

  12. Cherise permalink
    May 10, 2016

    I like the Homeward bound tote pattern! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  13. Shelley permalink
    May 10, 2016

    Of course, I love the Ellipse Bag, especially in the fabrics used for the giveaway bag. But my favorite is the Girlfriend Bag.

  14. Debbie Unelli permalink
    May 10, 2016

    Love the essential tote! Actually like many of ththe bags but will say that’s my fav!

  15. Sandy K permalink
    May 10, 2016

    I like the Monster Bag.

  16. Vicki H permalink
    May 10, 2016

    Everything Goes Bag is one of my favorites.

  17. Linda permalink
    May 10, 2016

    Love the Ellipse Bag!
    Thanks for the neat giveaway!

  18. Kathy E. permalink
    May 10, 2016

    The Bevy Bag is my favorite! I could really use one!

  19. Michele T permalink
    May 10, 2016

    I like the Sweet Talk Phone Bag!!

  20. Michelle Tetlock permalink
    May 10, 2016

    Looks like you had a great and busy time at the Creativ Festival. I had hoped to make it but couldn’t get the time off. Maybe next year. Your bags are beautiful, love them! Cheers.

  21. Lori Morton permalink
    May 10, 2016

    Love the Pattern, “Everything Goes Bag”!!! Also the Knitting/Crochet Bag (Wooly-Wooly) is sooooo cool! Love it too! :)

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way!! :D

  22. Sherry VF permalink
    May 10, 2016

    I like the Yoga Girl and the Girlfriend bags. Also, the Tiara quilting machine has me very intrigued. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  23. Chris permalink
    May 11, 2016

    I like the Girlfriend’s Bag but Redwork always draws me in as well.

  24. Nicole Sender permalink
    May 11, 2016

    I like the Voyager Bag Kit.

  25. nancy permalink
    May 11, 2016

    I like the Girlfriends Bag. Neat designs!!

  26. May 11, 2016

    ohhhhhhhh it has to be the sofa saddle bag love it…….

  27. NancyB from Many LA permalink
    May 11, 2016

    I like the Sweet Talk Phone Bag!

  28. Lori Smanski permalink
    May 11, 2016

    looks like you had a blast. thanks or sharing with pictures.
    I really love the Around The World Bag and Girlfriends Bag

  29. Rebecca K permalink
    May 11, 2016

    The “My Monster Bag” would be perfect for packing all my stuff back and forth to Guild each month!

  30. Mara permalink
    May 11, 2016

    I love getting bag hardware and making up my own bags :)

  31. Cecilia permalink
    May 11, 2016

    The Girlfriends bag and the Voyager Bag are the top two, but the others are great as well! Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. LINDA permalink
    May 11, 2016

    HELLO, I really like the Pattern, Dining Out, Table Service Carrier for Picnics>so neat!
    Thanks for sharing!

  33. Doris McCarty permalink
    May 11, 2016

    I like the Sitting Pretty I cover. Thank you for sharing!

  34. Diane Beavers permalink
    May 12, 2016

    THe Urban Computer Satchel. Love it’s size and compartments. Thank you.

  35. Barbara Bailey permalink
    May 12, 2016

    I love ALL the bags, several ideas here!

  36. Mary D permalink
    May 13, 2016

    I really like several of the bags: Urban Satchel, Girlfriend’s Bag, the Voyager Bag. so many were wonderful, who can choose?

  37. May 14, 2016

    I Love the Quick Change Bag from So cute. I wish I had one when my kids were small. :)

  38. May 14, 2016

    Love the everything goes bag!!

  39. cheryl hammond permalink
    May 16, 2016

    Thanks for sharing all the great photos from the show, and for doing this giveaway!!

  40. May 16, 2016

    I just love the owl bag. I m in need of a large open necked one for my knitting. It’s a craft I can work on during my breaks at work

  41. Ann permalink
    May 16, 2016

    I love the Bevy Bag, it’s perfect for a generous lunch “plus.” Thanks for letting us visit you via your blog!

  42. Kay Lemieux permalink
    May 16, 2016

    I love the Voyager bag. It would be great for quilting retreats :-)
    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

  43. Catherine permalink
    May 16, 2016

    I really like the Ellipse bag (especially this one in the blog done up in such fun fabric). Thanx for sharing these new sites.

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