Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Festival of Quilts - a review

For anyone who may have missed the fact, it was Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham last Thursday to Sunday.  I went for three of the days and had such an amazing time.  I spent time:

:: looking at competition quilts

:: looking at quilts from all over the world in the various exhibition booths

:: being inspired by the sheer creativity of people

:: meeting fellow Quilting Bee members and other IG friends

:: stewarding amongst the quilts, AKA being a quilt angel

:: stroking lots of lovely fabric

:: buying some of that lovely fabric

:: buying a few little gadgets to make my life easier

:: just relishing being with so many like minded people!!

For those unable to attend I thought I would share some of the lovely quilts I saw.  First up are all the 1st prize winners in the various categories ....


TWO PERSON QUILT
Vintage Moments
Pieced and bound by Mary Telford
Longarm quilted by Janette Chilver



GROUP QUILTS
Dyeversity
Sussex Spectrum

 


PICTORIAL QUILTS
New Beginning
Elfriede Grooten


 


ANNE TUCK PRIZE
Finding Perspective
Jill Rose Brennan





MY FIRST QUILT
Kaleidoscope of My Life & Love
Oksana Mader




ART QUILTS
Ruins 6
Leah Higgins




CONTEMPORARY QUILTS
Paradise in Bloom
Robyn Fahy





MODERN QUILTS
This was the first year for this category
Office Doodle 1
Sarah Humphreys



MINIATURE QUILTS
Other Places
Sandra Newton



TRADITIONAL QUILTS +BEST IN SHOW
Infinity
Sandy Chandler






QUILT CREATIONS
All That Remains
Jane Bonney



YOUNG QUILT/EMBROIDERER 12-16
Sea Views J Pennecamp Beach
Malou Cecille Van Draanen Glismann



Obviously it's not all about the winners - without all the people making the quilts and being prepared to show them there would be no quilt shows.  I had an entry in the Contemporary Category and it was very exciting to see it hanging at the largest quilt show in Europe!  There was an envelope attached to the back when it was returned to me on Sunday and there were three judges' comments enclosed.  I was delighted with their comments and whilst I make quilts for me it was lovely to get some recognition on technique and quilting!!


And if you haven't seen enough quilts yet then just keep scrolling for a selection that caught my eye.  I do have further information on most of these quilts if you would like to know more, but for my sanity (and it's getting late) I am just going to put the pics up!

























Phew, that was a marathon.  Until next year Festival of Quilts!! x

13 comments:

  1. While I have seen a lot from the Festival of Quilts, it is great to see your overview here! I now have an idea of the winners in all categories, and your photographs of all the quilts are wonderful. Thank you for this, and I hope next year I'll manage to go to the show myself...

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  2. While I have seen a lot from the Festival of Quilts, it is great to see your overview here! I now have an idea of the winners in all categories, and your photographs of all the quilts are wonderful. Thank you for this, and I hope next year I'll manage to go to the show myself...

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  3. Wow; what a lovely selection of quilts. It sounds like a great time and I'm glad the judges comments were so nice.

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  4. What a wonderful exhibition of quilts=thanks for sharing. Best in Show is unbelievable-what magnificent quilting. Glad you got some nice comments from the judges.

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  5. Those are incredible pieces. That looks like an amazing show.

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  6. Those quilts are superb and so glad to see yours in there. Great to hear you had good feedback from the judges. That chocolate dipped strawberry is both mind-blowing and mouth-watering :-)

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  7. Wow, thank you for sharing this feast for the eyes. Loved the horses quilt. But the one with the camera - oh no. It must have killed the quiltmaker. I am glad that the judges had nice things to say about your quilt.
    Hugs,
    Preeti.

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  8. Wow! Gorgeous quilts. Thanks for sharing, I don't get the opportunity to attend many quilt shows. This one was obviously very worthwhile.

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  9. Thanks a million for showing us a glimpse of the festival - looks brilliant and quite a few in here I've very much drawn to!

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  10. Thanks so much for taking the time to put this post together - it's really interesting to get a taste of what was on show.

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  11. Lovely to see all these quilts, looks like an amazing show! Thanx for posting.

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  12. These quilts are so beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on getting your quilt into the show! Must be so exciting.

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  13. These are all so beautiful ♥

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