The Week That Was: The Festival of Quilts 2014
Holy Quilts Batman!
For the last week I have been living the dream at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. If you have any interests in fabric, quilts, stitching, art or crafts in general, you will appreciate just how exciting this is. I mean, I have literally been surrounded by some of the most talented quilters and stitchers the world over – it doesn’t get much better than that! For the most part I have been demonstrating some clever quilting techniques on the Vilene stand – sharing a few quick tips, answering some stitching questions and generally chatting about all things handmade with a collection of the most enthusiastic folks I have ever met at a stitching show! Seriously, this was one rad crowd!
One of the things that people were most interested in was a clever technique for foundation piecing using Quickscreen Square – which I’ve used to stitch flying geese blocks and for making super neat log cabin blocks. One of the best things about sharing and demonstrating this stitching style means that I now have a super cute mini quilt top ready to finish up – not bad going for a week of demonstrating, huh?!
This also meant that I got to spend some quality time with the Janome DSK100 – this is billed as being one of the easiest to use machines that Janome have ever produced, and I have to admit, this is a total dream to stitch with! While I’m really not in the market for a new machine, this one could could quite easily turn a girls head!
Working on a stand at the show does (sadly) mean that it is a little tricky to get out and about and enjoy the show – but I did make a real priority of checking out the Contemporary Quilts – by far my favourite section of the quits on show – and trust me, these didn’t disappoint! I have a huge crush on the bold dramatic combinations of shape and colour that are synonymous with modern quilts and this design named Guantanamo created by Louise Donovan was one that I couldn’t help but return to look at again and again!
There were so many amazing quilts to enjoy that picking out a favourite is almost impossible – but for me this was certainly a highlight of the show. Closely followed by these extremely fun and clever creations…
Binky Pinky Inky Clyde by Zsuzui Bettison in the My First Quilt Category
Mario Madness by Joanna Hobson in the Art Quilts Category
It’s been an amazing week – I’ve caught up with lots of lovely friends, made heaps of new friends, and now I feel pretty inspired to get back behind the sewing machine and work on some exciting new projects and some fun new makes.
Did you head over to FOQ this year – what was your favourite part of the show?