Posts tagged ‘quilts’

August 27, 2012

Festival of quilts

So my friend and I had a great day out at the quilt festival at the Birmingham NEC last weekend. We set off early to make sure that we got there ready to have a coffee before the doors opened.

We did quilts then a bit of shopping then lunch then more quilts and more shopping. There is so much to see that it’s almost too much for one day. Sadly by the end of the day it gets hard to really appreciate the quality of the quilts.

It’s interesting to see what things other people like and how tastes can vary. I tend to like the ones that are more abstract, pretty, with a lot of texture.

 

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And I love ones that look good from a distance and then even better close up.

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Whilst they aren’t my taste you can’t help but appreciate the time and effort that goes into these quilts.

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Last year I bought loads of material for a quilt. This year I have no quilt projects lined up for the near future so I went for something different. I have just started a textiles course so I stocked up on bits and pieces that should be useful for that.

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August 18, 2012

Blogging at the Festival of Quilts

This is my first on location blog, I’m at the Festival of Quilts! Already seen loads of amazing quilts and done a bit of shopping. Just having a quick bite of lunch before getting back to the rest.

Here are some of the sights…

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More to come later I’m sure!

August 15, 2011

Festival of Quilts 2011

Last weekend was the Festival of Quilts at the Birmingham NEC.  I’ve been to the festival the last three years, the last two with my friend Ayla and we’ve had a great day out.  The quilts on display are amazing; each one a work of art that must have taken goodness knows how many hours.  Here is a selection of some that caught my eye:

 

Miniature snippets of Liberty make up a miniature quilt

 

Great colour in this sunflower quilt

 

A knitted quilt

 

This quilt was made up of hundreds of tiny hexagons of different black and white fabrics!

Of course the other amazing thing about the festival is the shopping! Hundreds of stalls selling beautiful fabrics, yarns, threads and all sorts of other materials.  It’s like being in a sweet shop!

An array of fibres

 

Lots of fat quarters to choose from

 

This was really the focus of our visit; to stock up on materials that you just can’t get locally.  There are some good fabric shops in Cardiff but they tend to focus on dress and soft furnishing fabrics so aren’t great for quilting and craft fabrics.

Here is what I came home with:

A bright selection of fabrics which I plan to make into a baby blanket or two

 

Some blues which will be a gift for a friend

 

And a selection of green/blue/greys for my next quilt project

 

I’m very happy with my purchases; now I just need need to use them!

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