Thursday, 16 August 2018

Festival of Quilts 2018

Last weekend was time for myself and my sister to make our bi-annual (I think that means 2 yearly!) trip to Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. We go every 2 years so we can save money, not overwhelm ourselves with many quilt ideas, and ideally clear some of our stash before we add to it again (that doesn't normally happen!)

We spent all Saturday there, and split our time between looking at the amazing quilts on display and doing a little bit of shopping. We actually ran out of time to see it all, so are debating doing 2 days next time; the show seems to have gotten bigger in the past 2 years, if that is possible!

Anyway, here are a selection of some of my favourite quilts at the show (I took way more photos than below):

A lifetime of sewing by Creative Sewing (ages 5-11) - Winner of Primary Schools & Groups of Young Quilters

A Fairy Tale Album by Kara Mason, Teri Young, Bellweather Dry Goods

Mere Men by Ladies in Stitches; including a couple of close ups of my favourite panels

Alice in Sewingland by Debbie Dolega

Tumbling Spools by Joanne Westfoot

Janette Chilver - Vintage Rose

 Elizabeth Wife - Starburst; this won the Visitors' Choice Award

A Bright Summer Morning by Ulla Andreasson

Hundred & Thousands of Scraps by Ann Pill; the squares were so tiny and it was handquilted! One of my complete favourites

The Four Houses by Oda-Eline Hagen Berg (Young Quilter 10-13)

Colours of India by Teresa Summerfield and Paulines Patchwork

Scrap Books by Catherine Alexander; another of my absolute favourites!

De Aqui...Al Cielo by Carmen Santamaria

Waiting on Wind by Jane Appelbee

We also saw a coverlet made in 1718 out of silk material. Pop over to Vicki's blog here to read about it. It was amazing how well it has lasted!

And of course, here is a shot of my purchases. You shall hopefully see some bits and pieces happen with these. Don't hold your breath for it being quick though!


FlashinScissors said...

Wow, what amazing quilts. Thank you for sharing your photos!
Beautiful work from all the ladies ..... and the young people too!
Looks like some great purchases, Bethan. Looking forward to seeing what you make with them.
Love the 1718 quilt too! Such a lot of work!
Imagine the time stitching that!
Barbara xx

RJ said...

Wow what a fantastic show that was Bethan! I love all of the gorgeous quilts but was really struck by the creativity of the young ones. Imagine what they will be doing when they grow up.

Having a special trip to go to with your sister every two years is such a wonderful idea. I do think you need to make it a longer trip next year and enjoy everything possible. Love all of your purchases and look forward to what you make with them.

Karen's Korner said...

Lots of lovely inspiration to get future ideas from. Enjoy using your purchases.

Lin said...

Looks like it was a great show Bethan. xx

Vicki said...

I went round the exhibition with you and I don't remember seeing some of the quilts you've posted! Thanks for the link up.

Mini said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful quilt pictures with us.

Brigitte said...

Thank you so much for sharing these gorgeous pictures. I rarely have a chance to see a quilt show in person. Scrapbooks is definitely a wonderful quilt, and so is A Bright Summer Morning, and so many others, just too many to name.

Astrids dragon said...

So many stunning and creative quilts! Thanks for sharing your day with us.

Faith... said...

WOW they are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the pictures. You didn't do to bad with your purchases either. Can't wait to see what you make next!

Sheryl S. said...

What a lovely array of quilts and I´m really impressed with the work of the children. Here in Spain, needlework is not even a school subject anymore. Thank you for sharing your photos, my favourite is the Bright Summer morning. Nice goodies you bought for future projects.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a fantastic exhibition! Of course the books are my favourite but I also like the geometric coloured ones (Colours of India and Hundreds & Thousands). I'm hoping to get to the Duxford Exhibition this year, do you go to that one?
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