The Festival of Quilts (or simply FoQ) happened last week at the NEC in Birmingham. It lasted four days from Thursday 9th August until Sunday 12th August. This was my third FoQ and I attended two days, Friday and Sunday. One day is definitely not enough to see all beautiful quilt exhibitions, to chat to lots of quilty Instagram friends and to browse abundance of amazing shops. I didn’t even plan to attend any classes, lectures or events. I prefer lots of socialising, quilt viewing and relatively moderate shopping. The latter one is not always possible oopsie daisy 😉
I want to dedicate this blog to lots of quilt photos from the exhibitions. I’ll try to divide them all in categories they were presented in, mentioning and tagging/linking the makers.
You won’t see here all quilts that were hanging there of course, but mostly made by people I know from Instagram and quilts I liked or found interesting from my own point of view.
There we go!
I didn’t enter any of my quilts this year (I have never done it yet). However I still kind of took part in the exhibition. My London Modern Quilt Guild ran an ugly fabric block challenge earlier this year. We were given a few scraps of unwanted “ugly” fabrics donated by the guild’s members and we had to make an improv block out of it. I made three blocks and two of them found their place in a Group Quilt called The Power Of More. This quilt will be donated to the amazing Siblings Together Quilts Project.
Our Group quilt was put together by Marianne Ten Kate.
Some more Group Quilts below:
You Cannot Have Too Many Handbags. A Portrait Of My Favourite Bag.
Liberty Stamp Swap. Rosemary Turns 90.
This quilt was put together by Dorothy A Hill for her mother’s 90’s birthday.
The Thread House Retreat Quilt
Fussy Cutting Sewalong Community Quilt. It was put together by Naomi Clarke.
Young Quilter 14-18 Category
Abigail Fossey. White Rabbit Pocket Watch Bag.
Fine Art Quilt Masters
Domestic by Linzi Upton
Captivated by Nature by Olga Gonzales-Angulo
Street Shadows by Jane Ashe
Confetti by Cindy Grisdela
Modern Modernism and Point by Isabel Munoz
Retro by Sophie Zaugg
Regulus by Emily Davis
Falling Away by Jill Dawson
Alternative Route Required? by Ann Beare
Under the Thumb by Melanie Turbitt
Tricia Takes Manhattan by Marianne Ten Kate
Mini to Maxi – Churn Dash by Abigail Sheridan de Graaff
Tessellations IV by Wendy Kennard
Winter Forest Trees by Kym Armstrong
My HST Quilt by Lou Orth
Rays of Sunlight by Jennifer Letchet
Circle Me Round by Lisa Hofmann-Maurer
Red Coral Reef by Ursula Becker
Shot on an iPhone 6 by Chris Webb
The Road rises up to meet you by Sheena Stone
Eye Candy by Naomi Clarke
Mapache Tale by Paula Steel
White Noise by Grace Jay
Quilt No.12 by Elinor Beaven
Sister Of The Other One – No2 by Jenny Haynes
Brexit? by Tatyana Duffie
IGUALDAD (EQUALITY) by Carolina Oneto
Spot on by Marion Goodrich
Solid Crumb Block Large by Chris English
Snowing at Eggesford by Sarah Humphreys
Giant Rainbow Button Card by Jo Avery
Denim Wordsearch by Linzi Upton
Can you see me now? by Rebecca Bell
Curled by Charlie Mankin
Mini Tula Flowers by Naomi Clarke
Little Dream by Sarah Hartley
Mini Windows by Caroline Aspin
Graffiti my way by Lisa Hofmann-Maurer
Don’t Read the Comments by Chris Webb
I See You by Elita Sharpe
Get up and fight sucker by Chris English
Where’s Dave by Deborah Lobban
Two Person Quilts
Labour of Love! by Jenny Otto and Frances Meredith
Millefiore by Sue Hicks and Telene Jeffrey
Colours of India by Teresa Summerfield and Paulines Patchwork
Tabbitha by Valerie Clabburn and Georgina Clabburn
Macaroons No 57 by Sarah Hibbert and Christine Perrigo
Rainbow Bargello by Karen Llewellyn-Parsons and MaryJane Hutchinson
Simply Spring by Christine Seager (top) and Smoke and Mirrors 2 by Elaine Quehl (bottom)
It might be the other way round but it’s how the quilts were labelled.
Sister Act by Alex O’Hara
Deep Blue by Paola Zanda
Fabric Collage, Left Side by Steven McVay
The Pattern Must Be Made by Kate Aimson
Sister Of The Other One – No1 by Jenny Haynes
Twinkling by Regina Maier
Hundred & Thousands of Scraps by Ann Pill
Queen Tracy’s Cross! by Tracy Aplin
Along The Fancy Forest by Sharon Appleton
Iconoclast by Linzi Upton
Proud by Anne Marshall
Pearl Bracelet by Lisa Hofmann-Maurer
Jazzy Hexies by Naomi Clarke
Seed Packets by Alison Davies
Rainbow Rings by Louisa Goult
Tumbling Spools by Joanna Westfoot
Aslan by Gail Bisatt
Crumb Blocks by Chris English
Those were the days! by Sarah Jane White
The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
Incredible Shizuko Kuroha Exhibition: Indigo and Sarasa; Pieces of my Life
All quilts are made from antique Japanese indigo-dyed textiles
Finishing this huge gallery with a photo of the 300 year-old 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet. It’s the oldest existing British patchwork!
Thank you if you got till the end 🙂 Hope you enjoyed lots of wonderful quilt photos.
Lots of love.