Yesterday I went to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birminghan. Here are a few of my favourite quilts from the show.
Some familiar octopus fabric
As in previous years I did wish for more hand quilting. All-over machine quilting in one repeating pattern seems to be very popular, but it doesn’t always go with the patchwork. The quilt below has been hand-quilted.
This quilt plays with log cabin in a very pleasing way.
I love the bright solids and sensitive machine quilting of these quilts.
This quilt is by Victoria Findlay Wolfe who had a gallery at the show. All her quilts were wonderful and you can see more here.
I like the quilted hexagons in this quilt.
Here are some more traditional quilts. The hexagon quilt was amazing. I’ve included my hand in the picture so you can see just how tiny the individual pieces were.
This quilt combines lots of different themes.
And this quilt uses fussy cutting to great effect.
I like the way the striped Kaffe Fassett fabrics have been used here to create secondary patterns.
Finally here’s a tribute to one of the gloved volunteers who will show you back of the quilt when requested.
I also did some shopping, although I like to think I was fairly restrained! Here are some Dutch chintzes that I’ve been wanting to sew with for years. The designs are very traditional and the nice Dutchman who ran the stall said he’d been coming to the festival for forty years.
I also bought some sashiko-themed fabric from EuroJapan Links.
Finally, I decided to buy a special ruler to experiment with more adventurous blocks. I had a nice chat with the proprietor of the Quilt Room who also gave me free book, written by her and her daughter, which contains patterns for quilts which can be made with it.