Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Festival Of Quilts

I think I may well have a bit more to blog about our holiday but as I was at Festival of Quilts last week I thought I should show you the images from there while they are still fresh.

I went across to Birmingham for three days of the Show but one day was spent in a workshop with Dionne Swift, more of which later.  There were less individual, as in entered for the competitions, quilts this year but the quality was very high imho.  I particularly enjoyed the main exhibitions stands this year, although I still didn't manage to get round all of them.

Bragging first, I was really pleased that my own quilt had arrived safely and was hanging reasonably straight,

Mine is on the left and is hanging next to Sue Turner's Lime Avenue about the trees at Calke Abbey which won the Judge's Choice award. 

This exquisite little quilt titled 'Autumn' by Hilary Drake was a prize winner in the Miniature Group.  Can you believe the size of those strips and flying geese?

The concertina book above is by Sandra Wyman and is titled Land/Sea.  It features two views, land from sea and sea from land based on Northumberland coast maps, topography and colour.  The book alongside is by Marjory McKinven and explores Hips and Haws in applique, machine and hand stitching.

Luke Daymond, son of Angela Daymond, won third prize in Young Quilters age 12 to 16 years.

My dear friend Pam Pardoe from Art & Stitch in Peterborough entered 'Twenty Pieces of 8' above.

I love the use of breakdown printing and paper lamination in this quilt 'Eye of the Storm' by Sarah Welsby.

Angela Daymond's 'A Natural Landscape' quilt using her own plant-dyed fabrics.  

These wonderfully joyful trees were the work of French schoolchildren aged 5 to 14 years on a theme of 'Leaves'.

The quilts above were the result of a fabric exchange between members of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles and the Patchwork Gilde Deutschland.  Participants exchanged 4/6 fat quarters or a metre equivalent from their stash in a blind swap and could then add to it from their own stash.  30 quilts were chosen from 101 entries.

Life Map by Jackie Shackson, Cardiff.

Sea-Edges by Sandra Wyman with detail below.  This quilt was started at Summer School with Jo Budd last year and I was delighted to see it finished with such a variety of stitching.

Above and below Quilt Creations including below right, 'Pearly Girly' by Caroline Brown.

 Above, Sukeroku Paper Kimono by Elizabeth Crothers.  Elizabeth says of her creation 'In Kabuki theatre Sukeroku's Mother makes him a paper kimono so that he could ot fight or go to war'.

This fabulously textured quilt by Janine Visser of the Netherlands titled 'Lichen' was the Judge's Choice in the Art Quilt section.  

I havn't touched on the exhibiton stands yet or my workshop so I'll be back soon with more.


Clare Wassermann said...

Wonderful....I went too but saw totally different things to you...it's huge isn't it?

ju-north said...

What a fabulous time you had! You musn't have known where to look first! congrats on the showing of your quilt

Angela said...

I thought the show was great this year so much more room to walk around. All the quilts on show were fabulous. I liked the texture you had created in your quilt. I wish the organisers would put up a little note about the maker, inspiration and techniques involved in the making of each one.

Heather said...

It must have given you a buzz seeing your quilt there - congrats. Such a wonderful variety and so much skill in all the entries. The children's work is amazing. Quilting is obviously alive and well and in very good hands. Looking forward to seeing more, thanks for sharing these.

Gina said...

It looks good. I was sad not to make there in the end this year.

Maggi said...

Thanks Julie. Such a good show. i particularly like Sandra's Sea Edges and her land/sea book.

Linda said...

Love the fact that you've shown mostly different ones from me Julie!
It never fails to amaze me how many I missed...
Don't remember Sandra Wyman's work, I need to visit her website.

Linda said...

Forgot to say congratulations on being part of the exhibition Julie!
We especially loved all the textures and different materials on yours....

pam said...

Wow it is amazing how we all see different things at the show. It was amazing as usual - we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and your quilt was lovely. As Angela says I wish they would identify the person who made the quilt and a small write up it would make them so much more personal.

Deborah OHare said...

I am enjoying looking at parts of the Festival that I missed and I especially like your post as we obviously share the same tastes.
I love the texture in your piece.

Fran├žoise said...

Lovely! And congrats on your quilt.
You know, I was there too. Too bad we didn't meet! Next time maybe.