So, I got up early yesterday and headed for Birmingham. I met some lovely ladies who were getting the same train to the Festival which made for a very nice journey, despite a half hour wait for our connecting train :)
Then I met up with the lovely Lucie Summers & my fellow felt-obsessive Kirsty of LovePaperFish and spent the day nattering & looking at all the awesome quilty goodness (I also bumped into Charlotte at the station on the way home which was a nice surprise!).
I know next to nothing about quilting (though I am currently working on a very simple quilt that I started sewing way back when I was a student) but it's always nice to spend a day looking at pretty fabric and other crafty things. Here are a few of the quilts that caught my eye...
This quilt was so pretty, I love this mix of colours and shapes. There are a couple of great posts about the process of making of this quilt over at Little Island Quilting - HERE & HERE - with lots of yummy photos.
A fun "snail mail" -themed quilt:
Rows and rows of triangles:
Lots of butterflies! Did you know the collective noun for butterflies is a "kaleidoscope"? I think this quilt looks rather like a kaleidoscope:
A tree & a flock of birds:
A colourful dragonfly - I thought I'd leave this photo uncropped so you can see how some of the quilts were being displayed.
A very detailed quilt made up of lots of small squares, each with a little illustration & a bit of text about what the maker did that day, like a little embroidered diary entry. I love this idea!
A cool quilt where the white stitching marks out a blueprint design:
Pretty quilted paper panels:
A fancy all-white quilt:
Lots of yummy greens - I love all these shades of green together & the organic feel of this design:
A collection of designs with a London-theme:
Cute mini quilts - a nautical quilt (love the tiny bunting!) by Jane Wheble and a quilt with pretty embroidered birds, by Judith Beevor:
It was also great to see the two quilts Lucie had on display. I love the colours & shapes in this one...
I'm really looking forward to Lucie's book, Quilt Improv, coming out next month!
Oh, and last but by no means least I was also delighted to see Kristy Daum's fun Doctor Who "pixel" quilt on display:
I loved reading about the construction of this quilt (which is called "The Tenth") over on Kristy's blog this spring, it was great being able to see it "in real life" after admiring it (and all the work that went into it!) through the magic of the internet :)
All in all, a very nice day out! I haven't booked a day to "take the day off work to go look at interesting things" in my diary for ages and I really should do that more often.
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