Tuesday 8 August 2023

Festival of Quilts 2023

Festival of Quilts is over for another year. I didn't take many photos this time.  In the past I've taken lots of photos and then don't look at them, particularly those I take for inspiration because it's a risk that you end up making a very poor copy.  However I did take a few.

Steph Redfern

I loved this idea from Laura Kemshall for displaying sketchbooks.

Laura Kemshall

As it was the show's 20th Anniversary there was a gallery of winners quilts from over the years.   'Flight' won first prize in the Art Quilt category in 2013.

Jill Exell

This was the prize winner in this year's Modern Quilt category.

Vendulka Battais

Outside the Creative Textiles Studio was this beautiful tribute to the wonderful Christine Chester.

Christine Chester

I worked a half day in the Creative Textiles Studio for each of the four days - on three of which I showed my fabric books.  And talked and talked and talked!

I was so encouraged by all the lovely comments I received about my work.

The show is an amazing opportunity for retail therapy.  The majority of stands have massive stocks of patchwork fabric but probably 20% sell haberdashery and other items.  The only thing I really needed was some iron-on interfacing and maybe some machine threads.  The show offer made buying 3 reels of cotton cheaper so guess what!

Lady Sew & Sew sell the most amazing fine soft calico.  I still have some left from last year but I'm saving the postage if I bought some more.  (It's amazing how you convince yourself you are saving money!)

And then!  There were Paintbox Threads, Perle from Little L's and the beautiful Valdani threads.  The Valdani threads are from a wholesaler in Australia and the FOQ is their only retail outlet, so of course I have to stock up.  There are some stockists in the UK apparently!

Next year's Festival of Quilts is Thursday 1st August to Sunday 4th August.  Put it in your diary NOW.

Thanks for joining me today

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