I”ve just had a fantastic two days at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. This is THE quilt show in the UK and it definitely didn’t disappoint – I know I’ve never seen that many quilts or quilts shops in one place. It was truely mind-boggling.
After a bit of an interesting start, where Mum thought that she wouldn’t need ID to board the flight, so had to go home and get it, and then we took way too long to clear security so that the flight was on a final call and I had to sprint the length of the airport to make it, we had a lovely time. I think I walked miles over the two days though. It certainly feels like it! I slept 10 hours last night and I’m still knackered. Although not knackered enough not to play with some of my new toys. More on those in the next post…
Anyway, the quilts. This was the best in show, and it truely was incredible. I think I went to see it 3 times because it was so amazing. I love the colours and the energy (I never thought I’d talking about the “energy” in a quilt, LOL). It reminds me of a chinese dragon, although I think it’s something to do with an octopus (just checked and it’s Octopussy by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga). Anyway, I’ve run out of words to describe the incredibleness that is this quilt and the picture just doesn’t do it justice…
Here’s a close up of the “eye” bit. I really have absolutely no idea how you’d go about putting something like this together. It’s even got different types of quilting in different areas:
Some of my other favs/moments of awe are:
The winner of the miniture category (Blue like a Wedgewood by Kumiko Frydl):
Check out the teeny tiny quilting:
More minis from the European Quilters Association:
Tetris (very cool!):
This was my favourite next to the Best in Show winner. It’s Blauwe-Regen (Wisteria) by Anna Maria Schipper-Vermeiren. It’s mini hexagons appliqued onto little snail trail blocks. It must have taken forever to put together…
Here’s a close up:
And some final ones that I liked, but have no idea who they’re by or what they’re called:
This one was fab – it’s letters home from a gap year son to his mum. Checkout “Mum the Visa card is really necessary” The next one says “I’m 7000 miles away and you’re still nagging”. Awesome!
There are so many other awesome quilts, but I think this is probably enough now!
Notes to self for the next time I go (there’s definitely going to be a next time):
- I had about 3 1/2 hours on Friday and 4 1/2 hours on Saturday. I thought this might be too little, but it was about right
- Edinburgh Airport security is attrocious. It took 30 mins to get through and I only made my plane on the final call after sprinting the length of the airport. Not a good start to the trip
- Birmingham Airport security is fantastic. Edinburgh needs to take some tips
- The Ramada Encore hotel is fab. Great rooms and food and nice and cheap
- Take cash – most of the shops don’t have card machines
- The cloakroom on the Saturday filled up by 10am. To get the luggage in, I needed to leave the hotel at 9:30
- No rucsacs allowed (and there were security men with walkie talkies making sure the mainly eldery attendees didn’t try to smuggle one in, LOL)
- Take pics of the quilt numbers as well as the quilts so that I can identify them afterwards!