Monday, 20 August 2012

Festival of Quilts 2012

August means only one thing in the quilter's calendar and that is the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham, the biggest quilting event in Europe with over 1000 quilts entered into the competition. It was very inspiring and although I love the colour and designs of some of the Traditional Quilts my favourite ones  are in the Art, Pictorial & Contemporary Quilts categories.  I snapped a few of my favourites.

I just love the bra in this one

I got to test drive a long-arm quilting machine which is an amazing piece of machinery and I felt like I had the  controls of an aeroplane. It just flowed over the fabric and so much easier than having to move the fabric underneath on a conventional sewing machine but alas I hadn't got a spare £9,999.00 to spend, plus it would have taken over most of my Girl Cave so on this occasion I gave it a miss. It was a shame because a nice American gentleman was doing his best to sell me one but the lady next to me succumbed to his charm and bought one instead.


Look closely and you can see I've written my name. Would be fantastic for writing text which I use a lot in my work. 

This is my good friend Nadine Reid who has just graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Textile Design (Embroidery) and was exhibiting on the Graduate Showcase stand.  Nadine layers fabrics, then stitches, cuts and frays the layers to reveal a myriad of colours. She had quite a bit of interest shown in her work from suppliers and other designers so Good Luck Nadine!

These are the exquisite art dolls of textile artist Marie Roper who sadly passed away at the end of July.  The Festival dedicated a stand to showcase her work.

Best in Show - The Quilters' Games

The Quilters' Games had to be my favourite which not surprisingly won Best in Show and was from the Group Quilt category.  I loved the Rotary Relay, the Synchronised Sewing, and the Quilters' Bolt with the ladies and their 'Fat Quarters'. It made me smile anyway and I left with lots of ideas and the inspiration to get sewing again after the summer lay off, and the good intention of entering a quilt of my own for next year.

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