Thanks to Linda who blogs as Blue Eyed Girl I have made the above mosaic using a programme called Photoscape. Many thanks Linda, I shall have some fun with it :-)
I've seen a few blogs saying that they thought the festival was quieter than usual, maybe because of the financial situation worldwide and the unfortunate social unrest in the preceding days. That may be so but the aisles appeared to be thronging to me and I heard a good selection of international voices including some American, French, German, East European, Dutch and Irish. I do love the international flavour of this exhibition and the music of tongues other than my own.
Saturday morning the Rise and Shine Breakfast was held by my Region 10 of the Quilter's'Guild and was well attended with everyone enjoying a selection of demonstrations and hands on mini projects and a gae of quilt bingo!
The tombola themed on 'Put 'Em Ins' attracted constant attention throughout the 4 days and was a great success. I won a fabric bowl and a little box that I think is probably supposed to hold a cotton reel but I used it for my small change!
The detail shown above comes from a quilt called 'Yellow Roses' by Margit Nenning from Austria. Margit describes it as a 'Memory quilt, old bedclothes of my mother,aunt,friends and myself, sewn with traditional stars in a contemporary way'. It rang a chord with me as I am full of thoughts of using the linens I have from mum and Grace. The textiles are mostly old white cotton fabrics and old embroidery from the Voralberg area of Austria. Margit won the Contemporary Large Amateur award at FOQ 2008. (page 16)
Gillian Cooper's installation has been shown on several other blogs and was very striking. Perversely what I liked as much as the figures was the depiction of clouds on the sheer fabrics.
This is just a small part of a Guinness Book of Records entry by a group of international quilters (I think) which was over 6 metres in length. Very stupidly I didn't write down the details so I'll just have to leave you to enjoy the quirky houses. The quilt has successfully been accepted for the Guinness Book of Records.
This jolly helter skelter was made by Luke Daymond for the age 12-16 age group. Sadly it didn't win a prize despite the fact that Luke did everything himself and also included lights that worked. The quilt was made under the title 'All the fun of the Fair'.
I love Gannets for their beauitufl plummets into the water and so I couldn't help but like this entry in the Miniature Quilts by Sandra Wyman.
I've been told I have to include my own quilt so here it is with the proud artist alongside. My quilt arrived back with me this morning along with the judge's comments and I'm pleased to say they were kind to me. I've been blowing my trumpet on Facebook so I'll show you the judge's comments in case you've never seen what they look for:
Between 'excellent' on the one hand and 'good' on the other I am more than happy with the comments and I'm beginning to see my quilt with fresh eyes.
Yet again I'm having trouble with Blogger and with my browser so I'll be back later with a little more.