Sitges International Patchwork Festival 2018

Sitges patchwork festival

Siges patchwork festival

The Sitges International Patchwork Festival is an annual event and I have often thought about visiting it – this year I actually made it!  Sitges is a delightful fishing town just along the coast from Barcelona in Spain.  The buildings were all white with brick edging as you can see in the photo and the mountains made a magnificent backdrop.

I stayed in Barcelona for a few days but those photos will have to wait for another day.  The quilt festival was spread across nine venues throughout Sitges, but they were all within easy reach of each other.




Ricky Tims

Ricky Tims

Ricky Tims

The first venue was an exhibition of work by Ricky Tims.  I’m familiar with his work, so it was lovely to see some of his quilts up close.

Ricky Tims (I think)

Ricky Tims (I think)

Over the course of the day I saw many, many quilts and I can’t always remember which quilt came from which part of the exhibition, so please forgive me if I get it wrong.

Kumiko Frydl


Kumiko Frydl

Kumiko Frydl and Betty Busby

The next two venues were devoted to the above two quilters.  The work of Kumiko Frydl was amazing – such clever use of white to give the impression of light radiating from the middle.  This particular quilt was named ‘Night cruise on the River Thames).

Betty Busby

Betty Busby

The work of Betty Busby was interesting.  I have to admit here that I am not sure how this one was made.  I think it was either reverse applique or Hawaiian style applique but of course no touching was allowed so I’m not sure.  It certainly made an interesting quilt.

The fourth venue was of Anne Woringer’s work, but I’m afraid that I didn’t get to that.  The venue was out on a limb and it was a really hot day.

Mini hexagons

Mini hexagons

Sitges Patchwork Festival -Vintage quilts

The fifth venue was described as vintage quilts from the British Isles.  Naturally I thought these would be from Jen Jones, but instead the quilts belonged to Christopher Wilson.  What a treat they were.  I have since found out that Christopher is a Moda designer and has a huge store in London.  I don’t know how I’ve managed to miss him all these years.

This hexagon quilt was breath taking.  I put my finger across the quilt so that you could see how small the hexagons are – unbelievable.

Tumbling blocks

Tumbling blocks

This tumbling blocks quilt had an interesting central medallion – what a lot of work must have gone into this quilt!  The colours are amazing.

The trade stalls stood in marquees along the beach.  They were absolutely heaving with shoppers and it was difficult to move so I didn’t stop long enough to see what they were selling – although it was nice to see so many names of companies that were new to me.

There was also a marquee which was open to businesses only.  I managed to blag my way in there and made some good contacts.  They all said that they would deliver to the UK, so I hope I can offer some unusual fabrics in the future.

Peter Hayward

Peter Hayward

Peter Hayward and Ximo Navarro

Somewhere along the beach there was a venue devoted to Reiko Kato and students, but I can’t seem to find any photos of their work.

My final destination was to see the work of Peter Hayward.  Believe it or not, this quilt is a flat square.  The use of colour and size of squares has made it seem to bulge out.  I assumed he was Spanish because I heard him chatting to visitors in Spanish, but now that I’ve looked him up I see that he’s from the UK and has a website The Accidental Quilter.

Peter Hayward again

Peter Hayward again

All of his work was quite stunning, showing so much movement.

The same room featured the work of Ximo Navarro and that was very different but very interesting.  Some very ornate designs in his quilts.

I had a wonderful time both in Sitges and in Barcelona.  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the wonderful quilts that I saw.

Ximo Navarro

Ximo Navarro