Festival Friday: only 1 more to go!


The quilt below was entered in the Pictorial Quilts category by Angela Daymond and is named ‘A Natural Landscape’.

I thought it was striking to look at against the white wall it was displayed on.  I love the limited number of colours and the bold shapes of the seed heads.  I have to admit that I also have a thing for seed heads of all shapes and sizes in any media – I just love them!

Technical Information: ‘All fabrics used have been dyed with plants: weld (yellow), red cabbage (blue), cutch (brown) and woad (to make green).’

Inspiration: ‘Inspiration comes from the big open skies of the fens fields of rapeseed and cow parsley growing in the verges.’

2012-08-18 601 A Natural Landscape 2It was a clever idea to use little squares of fabric as the flowers. 2012-08-18 601 A Natural Landscape 3

What a beauty this next one is!

It is quite hard to capture the intensity of its colour in a photo particularly as the lighting is not that great in the huge hall but believe me you could have warmed your hands on this one it looked so fiery.

It is named ‘In Russet Mantle Clad’ and made by Catherine Millar.

Technical Information: ‘Circular Bargello with machine applique and machine quilting.’

Inspiration: ‘Shakespeare’s words “But look, the morn in Russet Mantle Clad, walks o’er the dew of yon high eastern hill” inspired this quilt. 

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It very much reminded me of a quilt I saw a while ago at Festival by Lisa Walton – which is my ALL TIME FAVOURITE quilt but that is a post all of its own!

Well we only have one more Festival Friday to go before the big event arrives….how many more sleeps is that??????

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Festival Friday: 2 more to go!


Not long to go now, getting excited!!

Anyway….to wet our appetites……..

This quilt was made by Yvonne Kervinen and is called ‘Britain – What it Means to You’.  This was the title of the Quilters’ Guild Challenge category.

Technical Information: ‘Crazy patchwork in the middle.  Free hand cutting in the border.  Apple appliqued, free-hand quilting.

Inspiration: ‘The winter and a god apple.’

2012-08-18 2 Britain What it Means to You 2Wonderful piecing with flashes of gorgeous colour….2012-08-18 2 Britain What it Means to You 3

I loved the combination of hand and machine stitching… 2012-08-18 2 Britain What it Means to You 4

The texture that this quilt had was impressive… 2012-08-18 2 Britain What it Means to You 5 2012-08-18 2 Britain What it Means to You 6

Now for a bit of colour!

This quilt was mad by Elizabeth Michellod Dutheil and is called ‘Solis II’ and was entered in the Contemporary Quilt category.

Technical Information: ‘Work in transparency (sheer fabric, organza, silk, polyester).  Three layers, machine sewn’.

Inspiration: ‘I sew and I collate – I look for colours and I experiment various combinations.  My inspiration comes from mother nature.’

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Festival Friday: 3 more to go!


The photo below gives the details of the piece from the creator Beatrice Lanter.

2012-08-18 Vergnugt 1 Label

Another Log Cabin……yes I am that addicted, how can you not be when people create such wonderful work based on it.

The whole piece… 2012-08-18 Vergnugt 2

A close up of all those tiny colourful little blocks! They made me think of lots of little houses all bunched up together…2012-08-18 Vergnugt 3

The next piece is called ‘The Moth Pages’ and was made by Stephanie Redfern.  It was entered into the Art Quilts category and was so striking on display.  I was very much drawn to it.

Technical Information: ‘Painted and printed fabrics, applique, stitch (machine and hand) computer printed images and text, mixed media.’

Inspiration: ‘The lime hawk moth, architecture.’

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I can’t believe we are half way through already, not long to go!

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Festival Friday: 4 more to go!


Welcome to the 2nd of 6 posts that count us down to Festival of Quilts 2013 by looking back at some favourites from last year.

The first is called ‘Fragments of Time’ by Hazel Ryder entered in the Contemporary Quilts category.

Technical Information: ‘Scraps of fabric attached with an embellisher.  Machine and hand quilted Welsh patterns.  Includes hand dyed indigo fabric and threads.’

Inspiration: ‘The fragments of blue and white china unearthed over the years on my allotment were the inspiration for this quilt.’

I loved the texture on this quilt and the fact it was made by using an embellisher machine which is one of the many gadgets that I have in my collection.  It made me think of other ways of using it. Maybe it will make me actually use it, we’ll see!!

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A great idea to use the scraps as the background with quilt patterns over the top which you can see more clearly in the close up photo below. I have tried this with putting scraps onto bondaweb and then quilting which worked out really well.2012-08-18 287 Fragments of Time 3

The quilt below is called ‘Cabin Fever #1’ by Judith Maggi Fritschi also in the Contemporary Quilts category.

Technical Information: ‘Free cut and pieced log cabins, re-cut into quarters and re-sewn together, hand dyed fabrics.’

Inspiration: ‘I like to cut freely already sewn blocks allowing a lot of random to put them together again.’

2012-08-18 264 Cabin Fever # 1 1 Label

For those of you who have read my previous posts, you will know that Log Cabin is absolutely my favourite block so I am drawn to anything and everything with it in!  The colour and abstract design of this quilt also attracted me. 2012-08-18 264 Cabin Fever # 1 2

I am also really drawn to the stitching on quilts and textiles, especially if it incorporates a number of different designs like this one does.

Hope you can join me for more gorgeous work next week.

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