Monday, 24 August 2009

Festival of Quilts 2009

I know there will be lots of posts about Festival of Quilts 2009 at the moment but I thought I'd share my memories. This was the quilt I entered in the art quilt section. The idea was to make something that was quite simple up close with the design becoming clearer from a distance. It took longer to design and draw out the zebras than to do the actual stitching. The one below was entered by my son and I can honestly say that I feel very proud that every stitch was done by him. It was called "Postcards from the Orient"

After teaching/helping over the whole four days I've had a croaky throat today and been incredibly tired. The children's workshop area was constantly busy and we even had a full workshop on Sunday afternoon. The children worked so hard within each two hour session to complete a project. I do have lots of photos of quilts but haven't had time to go through them yet. One advantage of working so hard was that I could get into the show at 8am each day, both to help set up and view the quilts.

I did manage to escape sometimes and have a look round. There were stunning quilts by Ferret, Sheena Norquay and many many others as well as all the competition quilts, but something that stuck in my mind was the restfulness and calm of the quilts by Ingrid Press, this is what Twistedthread wrote about her

"Ingrid works with cloth (which is often re-cycled) and fibre. She likes to arrange things - mainly in rows and grids. She sees beauty in repetition. Texture is also important and is achieved through dense machine stitching of the quilts and through the materials and weaving methods used when making her small vessels. Making things gives her a feeling of being connected to many generations of crafts people all over the world.She subscribes to 'Less is More' and tries to keep her work calm and rather simplistic, which is helped by the use of a limited colour palette."

The children's workshop area was right next door to the virtual studio enabling me to keep popping my head round to see the wonderful fabric being created, and to indulge in some retail therapy!!


  1. Your son did a wonderful job with his quilt :) You're quite right to be proud. I loved the Sheena Norquay exhibition too and the Ingrid Press. Both artists had beautiful surfaces in their work. Deceptively simple on the part of Ingrid Press and very effective. She was very generous about photography too. I still haven't assimilated everything I saw.

  2. Your zebras are stunningly beautiful and I can see why you were so proud of your son's work ... all lovely. I'm so glad you enjoyed the FOQ. We are never tired of hearing all about it. What goodies did you buy? We would love to see!

  3. I and 2 friends saw your Zebra quilt and were very taken with it well done,I am sorry to hear that the judges comments nearly put you off doing another one,they should be constructive.


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