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!