So last week, I dropped off the radar for a while and escaped microwave meals and my tip of a home as I hot footed it to the much awaited Festival of Quilts at the NEC, a trip which has now become something of an annual pilgrimage. In truth, I didn't actually intend to take photos as it is hard to lug a big heavy camera round all day and then there's the camera or fabric purchases debate? Hmm, no decision there then. At some point however, I remembered I could snap with the iPad so I present to you a little fuzzy album of this year's highlights at the festival.
As always, the shopping was incredible. Oh golly me, I was restrained and yet still had a fair haul when I unpacked. However, I made sure I spent a good amount of time enjoying the quilts on display this year and purchased the catalogue which accompanies the festival to enhance my viewing pleasure. There are no details next to each quilt save for a number so if you want to read a little background to each quilt and find out the maker, you need to stump up your £6, albeit grumpily. Unfortunately, I also failed to note down who was responsible for each of the quilts I snapped (bearing in mind there are hundreds of quilts, there was no way I could match them up afterwards). Some very very talented people, at least. On to some amazing quilts then.
This display was so very right up my street.
It showcased some stunning vintage quilts, mainly of the 1930's feedsack era I love so much. A new book, "Antique to Heirloom Jelly Roll Quilts", has been released by the well-known jelly roll book authors, Pam and Nicky Lintott, this time the idea being to present patterns for quilts which are updated versions of their vintage counterparts. Not sure I love the new quilts so much, mainly because of the swirly free motion quilting, but then put them next to the "real thing" and there can only be one winner in my view.
Such scrumptious fabrics.
Gorgeous 1940's bow-tie quilt on the left and lovely older tumbling blocks quilt on the right. I wonder how long that one took to make!
Just so you know that there's a huge variety of quilting styles on display at the show, take a look at this one. What do you think?
The following is a selection of quilts which caught my eye from the many stunning ones on display. The photos do not honestly do them enough justice. I felt in need of some inspiration as I've had no time for quilting recently but I am hoping that's going to change and if you are not inspired when you visit this festival, I think you must be a little nuts.
This quilt was made from any stripey fabric the maker could get her hands on including socks! I do love a bit of fussy cutting.
Loved this one, so vibrant and colourful, it really reminded me of Sarah Fielke's work.
Even if a quilt is not necessarily your cup of tea or something you can see yourself making, they are always admirable for the skill and dedication involved. I thought this one was like a lovely quilted painting.
Hexys were definitely popular at this year's festival. These ones were cute.
Did you guess they'd be this miniature?
This quilt is very much my sort of thing. The top had been made back in the '30s and only recently quilted by the original maker's grandaughter (I think I have remembered that much correctly).
The fabrics are so divine and because it was only a top and had never been used previously as a quilt, they are in great condition.
I always love this sort of quilt, too. I squirrel things away telling myself I will make one but so far...
Ok, get ready to be wowed! I was so thrilled to turn the corner and behold a "Dear Jane" quilt. Now that really takes dedication. It was beautiful, and to use the Munchkin's favourite word, "awesome".
It's not really easy to take shots of any of the many many stalls where you can go crazy with the pennies (or rather, the pounds!) However, I am always inspired by Kim Parker's stand and take photos every year to drool over once I am home. This year, Kim's display didn't disappoint with the addition of a vintage furry friend. You may recall that I used one of Kim's "Worn and Washed" jelly rolls to make my flannelette quilt last year (sorry, link won't work here, you can find the link in my right hand sidebar, the "Not Just a Load of Old Flannel Quilt", if you wish).
I LOVE everything about Kim's quilts. So snuggly and soft, the beautiful slightly washed out colours, the shirtings, stripes, spots, florals. Yes please! Well, the inspiration worked and with this year's strip roll of vintage fabrics from Kim, I have made good headway this week on my latest quilt. Phew.