Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Festival of Quilts 2017 round up (part one)

So in August this year I attended my first ever Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham. I have wanted to attend for so long but there had always been a reason for me not to be able to go to it. I travelled alone in a toy plane to Birmingham airport and then onto the Premier Inn next to the NEC for 2 nights. 




Tiny, propeller plane! Glasgow Airport


I arrived late on Friday afternoon and had dinner with 3 other lovely fellow quilters who were staying in the same hotel.  Julie, gave me her program as she was leaving the next day.  So I spent the rest of my evening planning my must sees.  I was like a child at Christmas that night trying to sleep. 


I had a 2 day ticket for the Saturday and Sunday.  Day 1 was overwhelming.  I couldn't believe the sheer size of the event.  It filled 3 halls of the NEC.  I decided to get some photos of our Instagram group quilt," No means No in any language",(more on this soon),  first of all before it got really busy.  This quilt will be exhibited next year by Rape Crisis Scotland as part of a campaign.  
No means No in any language
I then decided to try and meet some people I have known for a long while in the online world.  Firstly I headed to the wonderful and inspiring Victoria Findlay Wolfe and her gallery.  Her quilts are awesome and she even knew who I was !! I got a dorky photo with her and everything!  She is a lovely, warm and friendly soul. 
I then managed to find the Simply Solids ladies.  However, just before that I bumped into the lovely Trudi Wood.  We both stopped and said, "don't I know you from somewhere?".  It was a funny moment! 
I met Katy, Justine and Lisa who were all busy as little bees on their shop stand.  Not long after that I hunted down Lucy ( Charm about You) who I have been online friends with for years.  I also met Claire from Self Sewn.  I made one of my very early english paper pieced projects using one of her tutorials for a Rose Star.  It was awesome to meet them both.  I also visited Deborah O'Hare who makes the most beautiful art quilts at her stand.  I have long admired her work and it was a real pleasure to finally meet her in the flesh! I met fellow quilters and Instagram chums, Catrin and Sonia for lunch too which was fantastic!  

So the first day was all about meeting lots of lovely people and the amazing array of shopping stalls.  The next day was to be all about the quilts I had decided!  I was so glad I had booked the 2 days as there really was no way I could have happily done all I wanted to in one visit. 

As you can imagine, there were SO MANY QUILTS.  There were quilts everywhere.  From competition quilts to galleries and exhibitions.  One of the first things I done on the Sunday morning was head along to the creative studio section.  Here artists were demonstrating their techniques for dying fabric, printing textitles and curved piecing. I loved being able to see the process and being able to ask questions up close. 

So "what about the quilts?" I hear you cry!  There were hundreds on display.  Here are a few of my favourites.
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HMP Bullingdon boys group quilt
Part two and more quilts to show follows soon!! 
Collette x


























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