Skip to main content

So excited....

Yes - I'm really excited about the Festival of Quilts - only 2 more sleeps......
I'm really lucky as I live relatively near so I'm able to go on 2 days. This is really useful as I usually end up rather frazzled after a day and when I get home I realise, after looking at the programme, I've missed a whole chunk of the show out. I also need a bit more time as I've promised to write a review for a new zine - The Quarter Inch. So although I'm going to post some things on my blog I'll be saving some bits for the zine.

I've got a few tips for first timers going to the Festival of Quilts.
  • Make sure you note which car park your car is in. I know it sounds really obvious but honestly, in the excitement, it's easy to forget.
  • Buy your car park ticket on the way in - the queues on the way out are always worse.
  • If you decide to drag DH along as your official purchases carrier - don't forget you can always drop stuff off at the car during the day - the coaches run all the time.
  • The seating area for eating last year was a great improvement on the year before - I only hope it's as good again this year.
  • Bags - try to have your bags crossed over you - it leaves hands free for having a good old riffle through things. And I've also heard a number of stall holders comment that a bag on their fabrics isn't appreciated - you may have already put it on the floor and it may mark the fabric.
  • There are cash points at the NEC but as the day goes on, the queues do get longer - there's always more to buy than you think.
  • I tend to take a shopping list as I get overwhelmed with the choice - I always buy more, but at least I get what I really need.
  • Also if you have some cards with your details on they can be useful as you're likely to bump into people you know or you may want to leave your details with someone so they can post details onto you later.

I hope that helps - I'm sure I'll think of more when I've been on Thursday - I'll let you know what it's like.

I'll be meeting up with a few other bloggers and quilting friends so hopefully between us we should be able to pick out the best bits of the show. For the zine I'd love to hear what you think of the show - you might even get quoted in the zine.......


Quilt Pixie said…
hope you have a great time. The idea of that much commercialism and that many people leaves me utterly cold, but I do know others who'd be excited as you :-)
Karol-Ann said…
I am greeeeeeeeen with envy! Too far, too many kids to look after, maybe next year....
Marisa said…
Take tons of photos please! I'm jealous!! Have a blast!

Popular posts from this blog

Outstanding Projects

Do you remember when this... became this? Well - It's time to get it finished.  This is my next project.  I intend to hand quilt kit with big black stitches. I always like to have a hand quilting project.
Last night I went to the Lutterworth Embroiderers Guild talk.  It was a great talk from Gizella K Warburton.  She shared her work with us - both textile work and photographs.  I really enjoyed seeing both.  Do have a look at her work.  It's abstract and uses some great fabrics which give the feel of the countryside.  These images give you a hint at the work Gizella produces. I hope to make progress with a few things this weekend and I'll post about it next week. Have a great weekend.

Festival of Quilts 2017

Hello. Well, I survived 4 days at Festival of Quilts. I had a great time, met lots of lovely people and am really inspired to crack on. I was particularly excited this year as I'd been selected to represent Region 10 of the Quilters Guild in the 'In the Spotlight' exhibition. The theme was 'No place like home'. I decided to use the postcodes of all the places I'd lived. Although I was really pleased with my quilt, I was a little nervous about it being exhibited and how it would look next to the others. I must say I was very impressed with how it was displayed.
 Also exhibiting in the same gallery representing Region 14 was my friend Sarah Humphreys. She chose to use house numbers to illustrate the theme of 'No place like home'. Another really great example of a modern quilt and as ever amazing machine quilting.  As well as participating in the 'In the Spotlight' exhibition Sarah Humphreys also managed to make another amazing quilt that she entered int…

Jean Littlejohn Talk and Class

Another busy weekend involving lots of textiles. We had a great evening on Friday at Leamington Embroierers Guild where we had Jean Littlejohn to deliver a talk and then a day class on the Saturday. I'm sure a lot of you are aware of Jean Littlejohn and her close work with Jan Beaney. So to start here are a few photos of her work and samples - she was very generous and let us handle these and take photos.

And her sketchbooks were great.  I had serious sketchbook envy.

And here is the result of my day.  Her suggestion to our group was to use one stitch - twisted chain stitch.   To make a back ground of this in a thick thread or wool, on a cotton fabric with an open weave with a very large eyed needle - a number 14 Chenille needle.  And then Bond a Web and foil was added  And then more stitching.   I bound some of my threads and I think this helped knock back the gold which was a little brash. We then got to play with an embellisher.  Never had a go before, but found it very easy to use. I se…