Wednesday, 26 August 2009

FOQ again

The week is tearing by and the FOQ is already fading rapidly into the past and I still have loads to show you! The Show was a great experience as ever and I spent more time than usual this year chatting to friends both from real life and from the great world of blogging.

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You have already seen this photo above but if you check out the lady on the far left you will see Mai-Britt Axelsen who blogs as Linen and Silk and who won first prize for her Miniature Quilt and Judges' Choice for her entry "Another Thin Blue Line" in the Art Quilt category. Mai-Britt's quilts are exquisite with a beautiful stitched surface. I first met Mai-Britt by chance last year when I was admiring her entry in that exhibition and it was lovely to see her again on the Little Gems Tombola. Mai-Britt was justifiably floating on air everytime I saw her during the Show and it was lovely to see her again, and so happy!

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As well as bumping into several friends from home I also met up with Gina and my teacher from home who blogs as Fenland Textile Studio and who gave me a very welcome cup of tea while on her lunch at the Children's Workshops. I went along to see Marlis at the SAQA stand to find her really busy. It is well worth looking at her blog for her FOQ report as she has highlighted some beautiful work. Unfortunately I didn't manage to hook up with Maggi, but her quilt justifiably won Judges' Choice. Maggi's blog has a good selection of quilts at the FOQ too.

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As you might expect there were all manner of quilts on display. Many attracted close scrutiny :

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These ladies were fully engrossed in examining this unique quilt by Victoria McHugh. The buttons were mostly sewn onto backing strips and were beautiful Mother of Pearl.

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The quilt above was a wonderful mixed media work by Maria Mauel entitled 'Labels'. It was a "mixed media assembly of found objects and ephemera influenced by traditional English and crazy patchwork techniques'. The surface of the quilt was full of interest as you can see below.

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Other quilts were startling and surprising!
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This quilt above had several people, including me, looking startled when the cord was pulled and it turned round! The quilt was warm colours on one side and cool on the other with a beautifully stitched surface to each panel. For my sins the name of the artist has disappeared from my brain, although it is somebody well known. (Silly me! It is of course C June Barnes! Oops!)
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6 comments:

Marlis said...

thanks for your posts and photos - and for the mention :-). it's always lovely to read and see what other visitors enjoyed.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

So many friends, so little time ... I joined Annabel's FOQ 2010 ... nice to see you and Angela there too!

Val said...

Hi Julie - you managed to take a lot more pix than I did! Loved reading your posts and seeing all the lovely quilts - makes me feel I've been visiting FOQ all over agan!

DILLY said...

Hewo Julie!
Julie go luvly playses.
Be intrestin.
Dilly wish be abol go intrestin playses wiv Julie!
Julie be luvly!
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sharon young said...

Thanks for such a great post, Julie, it was wonderful to see these amazing quilts, having missed the show this year.

Thanks once again for your lovely comment on my post, so glad your enjoying the journey :-)

Gail P said...

You've certainly had some lovely days! London and a quilt show, nice!
I enjoyed all of the photos and descriptions. Thanks for sharing them! Hugs.