I’m a bit late posting about this, but thought you might like to see some pictures from this year’s Festival of Quilts, held at Birmingham NEC last week. We took the train up, and despite delays, we had a lovely time.
The lighting was much better this year, so I was able to get much better pictures of the Traditional Quilts. Last year I was totally blown away by the art and contemporary quilts, but this year, although there were some amazing quilts on display, I found myself satisfied with a quick glance at most of them. Talking to others, this was the general impression. Maybe last year was an exceptionally good year. However, there were still some lovely pieces of work:
I really liked the colours in this – and the techniques and shapes in the quilting were lovely. (They should show up if you enlarge the picture).
I’m not really one for the Union-Flag-everywhere trend, but I did think this was clever – it’s made up of lots of smaller Union flags, in all orientations. It doesn’t really show in the picture, but the fabric choice is really clever.
I loved this one. I heard some people commenting that ‘it didn’t make sense’ and helpfully pointed out that it was a Welsh alphabet quilt, and did make sense if you spoke Welsh. It was gorgeous – beautifully done and some lovely pictures.
I especially loved this little chap, for ‘Dd is for Ddraig’:
But if the art quilts weren’t perhaps as good as last year, the traditional ones (which I adore anyway) were mindblowing. Absolutely amazing. There were also big crowds around some of them, which meant I couldn’t get good photos, but I hope the following will give an idea of what I mean!
I only took one photo of the quilts as they’re displayed – don’t know why as it gives quite a good idea of the scope and range of quilts on display:
And this was the winner in the traditional quilts section. And I can quite see why.
But possibly my favourite quilt was this one, called ‘Becky’s Dresses’:
And after the quilts, was the shopping. And oh my, the shopping. I bought quite a bit of fabric that I didn’t need but that I definitely wanted. Including some uber-synthetic black taffeta spangled with multi-coloured shiny stars. I love having kids as an excuse to buy things like that. I hope to be able to show you what I’ve planned for my purchases…