Festival of Quilts – Birmingham 2017

The Festival of Quilts has just finished in Birmingham at the National Exhibition Centre.  As usual it was a delight to visit – so many gorgeous quilts to see, so many interesting trade stalls to visit.

Festival of Quilts - my purchases

Festival of Quilts – my purchases

What did I buy?

I tried to restrain myself and not spend too much money.  But then I always say that when I visit quilt shows!  I have always admired the felt toy kits at House of Zandra .  I had already decided beforehand that I would treat myself there.  Dandy Dragon (on the right of the photo) was my choice and I can’t wait to make him up.

The fabric on the left was so bright and cheerful that I couldn’t resist it.  I did manage to buy only 1 yard of it, though.  Perhaps I’ll use it for something for my grand daughter.

Talks and workshops

Many talks and workshops take place throughout the days.  I only had time to go to one talk.  The talk I attended was given by Dawn Cameron-Dick.  Absolutely fascinating – showing her way of doing needle turn applique by machine.  I learned a lot from her talk and I’m looking forward to trying out her ideas.

The few things at the top of the photo don’t show up very well.  They are Christmas tree ornaments that I won on the Quilters Guild tombola.  Every year the Quilters Guild asks for projects from around the country.  This year they said they had been overwhelmed with support.  I was really pleased with the ones that I won.

My favourite of the quilts

My favourite of the quilts

Now for the quilts

The quilts themselves always form my first port of call – far more important to me than the stalls.  This year they were stunning.  This one was my favourite by a long way.  The photo doesn’t do it justice.  Everything about it was stunning – the design, the colours, the quilting.  It was just breath taking.

Beautiful colours

Beautiful colours

That’s not to say that the other quilts weren’t also gorgeous.

The colours in this quilt were amazing.  I know that I would never have the patience to make a quilt like this.

Teapot quilt

Teapot quilt

This quirky teapot quilt really caught my eye.  A lovely design and very clever as well.

Quilts with movement

Quilts with movement

Some quilts really gave the feeling of movement.

This wasn’t the only one, but it was definitely a hit with me.  You can just feel the wind blowing against these ladies.

Day at the beach

Day at the beach

This setup created a lovely scene.  Everything almost entirely hand crafted.  That’s the deckchair covers, the mermaid and all the extra bits and pieces on the floor.  It was a really clever installation and brought a smile to my face.

The Festival of Quilts 2017 was another resounding success.  Well done to everyone who submitted quilts and to all the people helping with the organisation.

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  1. Colleen McKinlay says:

    Talk about a kid in a candy store….I would have spent hours there. So many creative ideas, quilts and teaching seminars. Such talented quilters. Thank you Rose for all the sharing.

    • Hi Colleen. Oh I did spend hours there. I was one of the first in and one of the last to leave. Truly a wonderful Day!

  2. The quilts you showed are exquisite. So much work and love put into them. Many talented folk around

    • Hi Irena. As you say, so much talent! The attention to detail in these show quilts is amazing. It would be interesting to hear how different you find Australian quilt shows from British ones.

  3. HI Rose so pleased to hear you had a good time at the NEC show. I think there is one coming at Exeter but unfortunately (maybe fortunately) I will be way when it is on. Looking forward to any inspirations you may have gathered whilst you strolled around.
    all best Janny x

    • Hi Janny. I’ve never been to the Exeter show. You’re right – you’ll save a lot of money if you don’t go! Hope you have a great time while you’re away.

  4. Valerie, California, USA says:

    I think I would have been lost in there and had to be forced to leave. I admire your restraint. I never get out of a quilt show without spending way more than I plan.

    • Hi Valerie. While I love spending and choosing fabrics, my main love at these shows is seeing the quilts. That tends to keep me occupied long enough that I don’t have too much time left on the trade stalls – just as well really!

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