Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Festival of Quilts 2015

I have just had four incredible days at the NEC in Birmingham with so many adventures! Lots of coffee breaks and lunches and dinners every day with lots of different friends, as well as some very interesting night time escapades, with friends car's locked up behind barriers in the NEC carpark, boy racers and crashes on the road around the NEC and very little sleep! Coming to the festival is not just about seeing all the lovely quilts and shopping, but also a big social event, and as I have discovered, unexpected adventures too!
As there will be lots of photos of the category winners on the internet, I thought I would just post a few photos of my absolute favourite quilts. If you do not see your quilt here, it is not that I did not like it, there were many more that were absolutely stunning, but I cannot possibly post them all here.  In no particular order....

"Subtle Differences" by Kay Bell

"Juno" by Sandie Chandler

"Cappuccino - Perfect Bliss" by Lynda Jackson

""Jacobean Wonder" by Margaret Ede

"Slow Growing Hybrids" by Ellen Seward and Sandie Chandler

"Mandala" by Anna Williams
"Purple Nights" by Marleen Jonkers

"Fireglow" by Gillian Arkley - I loved her use of colour

Philippa Naylor - The difference between 12" and 30cm meant this one was disqualified

I have not been able to get a decent photo of the whole quilt, but here are some close ups of "Turtle Bay" by Claudia Pfeil:

"Cordoba" by Claudia Pfeil

"Celestial Fireworks" by Hilde van Schaardenburg and Sandra Marcum

"Time" by Sue de Vanny

"Dream Catcher" by Adriana Briones Calleja

"Taking a new path" by Jane Falls - wonderful use of pattern in fabric

"Harley" by Adrienne Quinlan - such a jolly fellow

"Beyond the black hole" by Natalia Manley 

"Flight" by Margaret Fetterhoff

"That scent!" (Que aroma!)" by Angelines Artero

"Silence" by Jean McLean
"Spring" by Zsofia Atkins

"Blue Spring" by Zsofia Atkins


"Eclipsed" by Brenda Wroe

"Gold and silver waltz" by Nancy Smith

"Zipped Zingy Blocks" by Sheena Norquay

"Spin" by Diane  Dixon

"Alice Dreams" by Angelines Artero 

"Swift Moons" by Maggie Barber

"Time waits for no onee" by Sue Reid

"Merrill Hall, Asilomar, California" by Gloria Loughman

"The Opera House, Vivid Festival" by Gloria Loughman

"Australia My Way" by Cathy Jack Coupland

"City by the sea" by Pauline Barnes

"Ptolemy's Challenge" by Raita Sawyer

"My lady of the grapes" by Laura Di Cera 

And this was my quilt for FoQ 2015:

"The Awakening" by Annelize Littlefair

The back of "The Awakening" by Annelize Littlefair

British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine September issue

Off course I knew that I will be featured in the "Meet a Quilter" feature of the magazine,  Judi Mendelssohn came to do the interview in my studio and we had a lovely day. It just went by too quickly and we could have chatted for a lot longer. I was not expecting the September issue to be out yet, so was pleasantly surprised when it was on the stand at Traplet's booth. Then when I got home, another copy was waiting for me. This is the front cover and the page featuring me:

It has been a very exciting week this week, I now have a few days at home to organise all my shopping from Festival, maybe even get a bit of sewing done, then, I am booked in to do a class with Angela Walters in Birmingham next week, but I should have a little bit longer to do some quilting before I go to Houston. 


  1. Only some days ago I was admiring your quilt in Birmingham. Great job!
    And thank you for sharing the photographs, I must admit I didn't see some of the quilts at the festival,eg the lovely one in the first picture

    1. Thank you Tania, I thought I had seen all the quilts, but I have seen some photos of quilts that I had not seen either LOL

  2. Amazing, thank you for sharing. Wish I could have been there, the quilts, and quilting are fantastic. Pat Holland

    1. The dates for next year are 11th to 14th August, if you would like to start planning? ;-)

  3. Because of my husband illness I am not able to travel any more. Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. I am amazed by the uniqueness and beauty and artful quilting by some of these art works - Claudia Pfeil, Mrs. Atkins and Cathy Jack Coupeland' my absolute favorites