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.