Friday, 20 August 2010

Festival of Quilts 2010 - Part 1

Here's my first photo report from the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England.  The next one will show you where my credit card got battered.
I travelled to NEC with quilting/textiles friend, Trish, who did a brilliant job with the driving (especially in the torrential rain all the way home after an exhausting day) and Pam and June, excited to be attending FoQ for the first time.  We had a great day but today I am shattered and ache in places I didn't know I had (not just my purse).

There are some whinges about the show - particularly why was the trading area so cramped and also confusingly arranged in blocks rather than rows?  Overall though it was a good show with a rich variety of quilts and textile creations on display (fewer than usual I thought, maybe somebody will correct me on that one).  Here are my photos of the day:
Susan Denton's atmospheric landscape quilts attracted my attention.  Here are "Field Walk" and "Winter Allotments"
It was a delight to meet up with fellow blogger, Suzan, at lunch time (and very welcome to sit down and chat for a while).  I have to say I was impressed with the way the catering was organised, no table-bagging but rather a table made available as we got to the till with our lunches and drink.
The next piece to thrill me was this gorgeous piece by Lia Flemings, delicious.

Time for another sit-down and Trish and I went off to stand E42 to make a Morsbag.  How brilliant this project is, take a look at the website for all the information, patterns and ethos.
"Mission:  Impossible 2" (below), exhibit 764, was the amazing work of Kumiko Frydl of Texas, USA, the winner of the Miniature Quilts class.
The judges' comments read:  "Stunning!  Precision personified.  Wonderful detail" and many people spent a long time peering at this exquisite work nearly unable to believe the 128 point Mariner's Compass was really pieced (paper foundation), reverse appliqued and then freemotion quilted.

Added 23 August from "comments":
Dottymo said... Thought you would like to know. The miniture quilt 'Mission Impossible 2' won BEST IN SHOW. 
Exhibit 822 caught my eye, probably because of the Japanese influences initially.  The garments, "Gifts 'Round the World'" by Elizabeth Shapland of London included curved piecing, applique, beading, hand-quilting with speciality threads and Japanese-style knotted insert strips.
One of the quilts I would have loved to take away with me, one I could both admire and live with, was "Moonstruck", below, by Jean Chesnek.  I found the colours, curves and quilting to be very pleasing and was interested by the idea of rust-dyeing.

Finally today then, Christina Henri's "Roses from the Heart" project.  Since 2003, Christina, a conceptual artist from Tasmania, has focussed on the lives of convict women transported to Australia.  Her mission is to gather and exhibit 25,566 bonnets, one for each woman and including those women and babies who died on the way.  I'm sure you will have read about this project but to see all those bonnets spread out on the floor initiated an emotional reponse and I was moved to contribute.

If you're off to the Festival of Quilts this weekend I hope you have a great time and I look forward to reading all your thoughts and responses - it's a very personal thing isn't it?!


  1. Lis, what a beautiful post! Al the different kinds of quilts and textile-art-forms..... just gorgeous!
    Enjoy your days in Birmingham! Love, Ria.

  2. Wish I was there - unfortunately cannot make it. I was 'moonstruck' by the wonderful quilts you have shown. You also seem to have had a good day! I am a new crafter and blogger ( for inspiration - and I am finding so very much of it. Thanks.

  3. Pleased you and your friends had a lovely time. It was great to meet you all.

    Just got back from our holiday today, having had a second day yesterday at the Festival. Have spent a bit but bought very little fabric but quite a few arty bits. It has been and enjoyable time and both days just flew by! Hope to have time to update my blog tomorrow.

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  5. Thanks for a most informative blog Lis,I was heartened to see the " roses from the heart bonnets" as I had made three very early when in Christine first started to collect the bonnets. The women I made mine for were not related but I was pleased to make them as a reminder of what those poor women suffered. In fact altogether between two other friends (non quilters) we send 9 to Australia I think in either 2007/8. I hope that the exhibition will eventually get to NZ. Cheers Yvonne

  6. Thanks for this look at Festival of Quilts! I had two pieces in the SAQA Exhibition "Art Meets Science," but was not able to travel from the U.S. to see the show.

  7. Thank you for sharing your experience of day. I've only been once before myself and it sounds like they're getting organised with the catering (it was mad when I went). The mini mariners compass is unbelievable - a true winner!
    Teresa x

  8. Thought you would like to know. The miniture quilt 'Mission Impossible 2' won BEST IN SHOW.

  9. Fantastic post and the show. Love all the different quilts and fibre art - wish I was there too! Thanks for sharing a great day with us - Hugs Nat


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