Festival Friday: countdown has begun!


Welcome to Festival Friday – our count down to the Festival of Quilts 2013 by looking back at some favourites from last years show  – see the previous post Favourites from Festival of Quilts 2012

This is the first of the 6 posts as promised which includes work from 2 artists.

The first quilt is ‘Cyberplanet’ by Yvonne Kervinen from Sweden which was in the Contempory Category.

The technical and inspiration information was included in the Competition Catalogue which was provided on the entry form by the entrant.  Unfortunately both are limited to 20 words maximum but it does give a sense of the thought behind the making of the quilts.

Technical Information: ‘My own dyed fabrics. Circles are pieced and stripes appliqued.  Free hand quilted.’

Inspiration: ‘The planets in the cyberworld’2012-08-18 225 Cyberplanet 2

I have a bit of a thing for circles in textile work and loved the combination of them and the straight lines.  Unfortunately I don’t appear to have taken a close up photo but the quilting was fab too.

Continuing the circle theme, the second quilt is named ‘Fifth Grade Fantasy Flowers’.  This was in the Group Quilt category and was made by 100 students, 1 art teacher and 1 quilter from the Marlton Elementary School, USA.

Technical Information: ‘Fabrics were hand-dyed and then painted with shiva paintsticks by each student. Quilt was then machine quilted.’

Inspiration: ‘Friedensreich Hunderwasser’s style and the student’s creativity inspired this quilt.’

I really loved everything about this quilt – what talented kids they have!

2012-08-18 527 Fifth Grade Fantasy Flowers 2 2012-08-18 527 Fifth Grade Fantasy Flowers 3

Hope you join me again for more fabulous work next Friday.

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Exhibition 2013

I might be mad but…….

Some time ago I decided it would be a good idea to organise a quilt and textile exhibition.  It seemed like I had all the time in the world but all of a sudden we are only a few months away!!!

Although I had done quite a bit of organising a good while ago like booking the venue and quilt stands, persuading friends and family to ‘volunteer’ to help on the day etc etc, there is still a LOT more to be done.

I have created a new section on the blog labelled Exhibition 2013 which lists further details about the day.

I will be adding posts over the next few weeks/months which will show how things are progressing, why I decided to organise the exhibition, some of the work in progress which will be on display and what you can expect from the day.

It would be great if you could join us on Sunday 27th October 2013 and I would be very grateful if you could spread the word!

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Favourites from Festival of Quilts 2012

The past few months have passed in somewhat of a blur for me.  I really don’t know where the time has gone.  It has therefore (surprisingly you might think) just occurred to me that we are not too far away from Festival of Quilts 2013 – roughly 6 weeks to go!!!!!!!!!

This is a key event in mine and Janets (M-in-L) ‘Creative Calender’.  We have been going to the exhibition together since 2008 and I have loved every single year.

The first time I went was for 1 day with a group of ladies from the patchwork and quilting group that Janet and Marilyn were members of – ‘1 day I said, is just not enough’!!!

I felt like a kid in a sweet shop as I just knew I wanted to buy everything, learn everything and make everything – naive eh?

It is fair to say that I was completely blown away by the phenomenal quality and impressive level of creativity that was displayed. This hasn’t diminished over the years and we look forward to the event with much anticipation.  We are either planning to go, waiting to go, have just come back shattered or are sad that it is over and the cycle continues!

Sooooo…..with anticipation in mind, I thought it might be nice to wet our collective appetite with some photos of quilts that took my fancy at last years show. If my maths are correct (don’t rely on it!), we have 6 Fridays to go before the next installment – yes only 6!

Therefore I plan to post these pictures each Friday – now to be known as ‘Festival Friday’ between now and then. I managed to remember to record the number of the quilt so I know who the maker is, the category it was entered in and the information provided by the creator which was included in the show brochure.

I hope you join me in a weekly fix of gorgeous quilts as we get ready for this years show but just in case you can’t wait for Friday you could always have another look at the previous posts with pictures from last year.

Fabulous Log Cabin

‘Summer Sunbeams’ by Marjory McKinven

‘Scarlett’s Quilt’ by Marion Robertson

‘Scots Pine’ by Marion Robertson

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Back again…..

Hello everyone, apologies for the long gap since my last post but due to an accident at Easter I have been well and truly out of action so to speak.

Now that I am returning to the land of the living, I thought I had best pull my finger out and return to blogland!

Hope you are all well and I hope you enjoy the future posts.

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