Sunday, 13 August 2017

More from Festival of Quilts 2017

I thought you'd like to see a few of my favourite moments from this year's show at the NEC.

Laura's quilt, 'Falling in and Out of Love' looked very dramatic in the Fine Art Quilt Masters Gallery. We think she is the only person in the world to be using this technique. I know I'm her mother and obviously biased but she's always one to take risks and break new ground with her work!

The judging panel choose this quilt ' Birchington Breakwaters', by Margaret Ramsey as the winner of Fine Art Quilt Masters. Many congratulations to her!

What I love about the show is the diversity of quilts on show. There really is something for everyone to admire. The Quilters' Guild of Great Britain stand included this beautiful antique coverlet from their collection. As I've recently been happily piecing little diamonds in silk it really appealed to me! Funny to see that the maker didn't place the tumbling blocks consistently - gives a lively sense of movement across the quilt though doesn't it?

It's always good to know something of the history behind these precious survivors too.

At the opposite end of the spectrum I found this contemporary quilt by Constanze Botel very amusing. Constanze has called it, 'Thank You To All Quilt Angels' and yes, that smiling figure is actually part of the quilt and physically holding the corner back (with white gloves of course) so viewers can see the quilting on the reverse! Great to see quilts with a sense of humour!

The SAQA exhibit is always stimulating - I was particularly drawn to this piece, 'Pallbearer' by Margaret Abramshe.

And I loved 'Morning Mist' by Linda Anderson too.

Back in the Through Our Hands gallery Laura made a start on her double portrait on the first day and despite spending lots of time chatting with onlookers.........

was managing to make good progress by the second day.

Here's a detail of Amelie's portrait at the end of Day 3.

We'll have to wait and see how the finished painting looks by Day 4. That's this afternoon so there's still time to go and see everything for yourself if you're quick!

Thanks for dropping by today. I have lots more photos and will post again soon.
Linda x


  1. Wonderful!!!! Love Laura's piece...cant wait to see final results!

  2. great post - thanks for sharing - I couldn't come this year but this is nice to see

  3. Thank you so much for posting the photos. What an amazing array of talent.

  4. Thanks everyone - I wish you all could have been there. It was a great show!