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"
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.
Morsbag. How brilliant this project is, take a look at the website for all the information, patterns and ethos.
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.
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.