Dates for Diaries….FoQ 2013

Is it too soon to be thinking about next years Festival of Quilts exhibition already???

For those of us who were once again disappointed with the poor service at The Hilton and are trying to book at the Crown Plaza here is the date and the link to Twisted Thread……!

Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham

8th to 11th August 2013

Twisted Thread

More dates to follow which I will also add to Dates for Diaries.

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A talk with Andrew Salmon….

As I told you in a previous post, I was a disappointed with the way that Marilyn’s quilt was hung.  It is double-sided and I had expected that visitors would be able to see both sides fully.

For those of you who kind enough to visit Marilyn’s quilt at the exhibition, you will know that the quilt had a label to advise it was double-sided which was a prompt to ask one of the lovely Stewards to lift the bottom corner which allowed you to see only part of the back.

So, on the last day of the show I went to the Quilters Quild stand and asked where I could register my view.  They advised me to speak to Andrew Salmon of Twisted Thread.

I went to the organisers office but Andrew wasn’t around so I voiced my concern to the people there and was advised to complete a comments form which I did.  I have to be honest and say that I really thought it was a waste of time.

Well that didn’t turn out to be the case.  This week I had a voicemail from Andrew Salmon to say that he had read my comments and would try to contact me again. Yesterday I decided to ring him back and had what proved to be a lengthy and interesting conversation with him.

He firstly apologised for any disappointment caused and went on to give me the rationale about why they had decided to show double-sided quilts in the way they did.

I can appreciate the considerations that he outlined, the different approaches that they have tried and complications that they have to manage.  My main point to him was regarding the communication (or lack of it).

The entry forms that I completed only had a tick box which said ‘double sided’ and that was it.  My point to Andrew was whatever approach Twisted Thread choose to take should be clearly articulated to the entrant and then at least expectations can be altered accordingly.

He described the different approaches they had tried in the past including custom made stands and their frustration when the quilts that were supposed to hang there never arrived.

In conclusion, he wanted to also assure me that the topic of how they will display double-sided quilts in the future was firmly at the forefront of their discussions which is encouraging to know.

I was pleased to know that my comments form had been read and impressed that Andrew had taken the time to ring me to discuss it further.  We shall wait and see what they decide to do for future exhibitions!!

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I came home from work today and look what I found waiting for me…..Marilyn’s quilt has returned from the Festival of Quilts.

I was really surprised to see that the labels that were displayed on the quilt stand with the name of the quilt and number had been included in the package, which was unexpected and a nice touch I thought.

Marilyn’s quilt is only the 3rd quilt I have made and I have never entered work into an exhibition before so I didn’t really know what to expect but I also received some brief written feedback which seemed very positive.  I shall share this with you in the next post.

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Janet (M-in-L) and I returned home from the Festival of Quilts very late on Saturday night after a full on 3 days of workshops, shopping and looking at all the exhibits and it would be fair to say that I am absolutely shattered!

It was quite an emotional 3 days starting with seeing Marilyn’s quilt actually hung as part of the exhibition, Janet’s (M-in-L) reaction to seeing it for the first time and the feedback from visitors.

It was a little strange, I have to admit, seeing something I had made and which is so personal displayed so publicly.

I have to say though, I was disappointed with the way it was displayed.  It is a double sided quilt and I had assumed both sides would be visible.  Unfortunately this wasn’t the case and visitors had to ask to see the back which meant that the bottom right corner was lifted to reveal part of the back but this still didn’t show you all of it.

I left some feedback with Twisted Thread to ask why they have decided to do this instead of making both sides visible. They did give an explanation and asked me to complete a comments form which I believe will be looked at further….watch this space!.

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Just about to Leave!

I am just about to pick Janet (M-in-L) up and then head to the NEC.

Aswell as the opportunity to shop and admire all the fabulous work that will undoubtedly be on show, we are also booked into quite a few workshops over the 3 days we will be there.  We thought we should really take advantage of having such a great list of topics on offer all in one place.

I will definitely include what we did in future posts.

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One more sleep to go!

How time flies!

This years Festival of Quilts seemed such a long way off when Janet (M-in-L) and I booked the tickets and hotel months ago for our yearly ‘pilgrimage’ to the NEC.

This year is different in a couple of ways though, as firstly our close friend Marilyn won’t be there but will still be with us and much thought of.  She really loved the festival and looked forward to it so much. Secondly, I plucked up the courage and submitted a quilt in the Contemporary Category (317) in remembrance of Marilyn.

There are a couple of reasons why this would amuse Marilyn.  One is that I am always coming up with design ideas but don’t tend to finish things and the other is I always said I wouldn’t enter anything into an exhibition as my work would never measure up to the fabulously impressive creations that the 3 of us would ooh and arrh over together.

Remembering Marilyn was more important though and when she passed in November last year I thought a great deal about what would make her smile.  I got the idea of making a quilt for the show that represented her and our friendship and that’s what I did, although it was touch and go whether it would ever get finished at times!!  More about how and why it was made in future posts and of course, lots of pictures!

Well I had best be off to finish packing, we arrive at the hotel tomorrow night and are planning to be at the exhibition first thing on Thursday morning. I have to admit feeling a bit apprehensive about seeing Marilyn’s quilt amongst all the other entries.  I hope she likes it.

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Until next time……