Saturday, 21 August 2010

Children's Quilts at Festival of Quilts 2010

Day TWO was taken up with attending two lectures and viewing the quilt displays.  Am absolutely knocked off my feet with the imagination and talent of quilters.  The quilts mesmorized us with the path that quilting has now taken.  There weren't as many Traditional Quilts as I had anticipated seeing from European Quilters.  I shall show you many over the next few days commencing today with the winners of the Children's Sections.

Ever so many imaginative quilts were exhibited in different age categories plus a section for both Primary & Secondary Schools.  These kids are clever and express their artful images amazingly in their quilts that adults gazing at them were in awe.  Hope you enjoy - makes as so appreciative that youngsters are enjoying sewing.  They didn't publish any names of the quilter with each quilt, though some did have judges' comments.  I'm only showing you the winners but there were numerous other entries that were mind blowing also for kids! 
Winner: Young Quilter/Young Embroiderer 5 - 8 Category
Judges: "Childhood innocence and simplicity produce little quilt to be proud of."

Winner: Young Quilter/Young Embroiderer 9 - 11 Category
This one shows images of London, however, I missed taking note of the Judges' Comments.

Winner: Young Quilter/Young Embroiderer 12 - 16 Category

Winner: Primary Schools Category
Judges' Comment:  "An assured sense of perspective and a great feeling for the quality of chosen fabrics make this a true "cityskape".  Competent technical skills and a sense of humour with the inclusion of the children."

Winner: Secondary Schools Category
Judges' Comment:  "A beautifully designed quilt made with impressive skill.  The judges loved the bright pastels chosen and the contrast between the geometric houses and the delicate wind turbines.  (We also greatly admired the bicycle and the unicycle wheels.)"

Second Place Winner: Secondary Schools Category

Brother Sewing Machines are to be commended for sponsoring the large area (this is only part of it) designated to encourage the sewers of tomorrow.  Children from 5 up were sewing with the help of trained assistants.  Isn't this great to see?  I know the same occurs at our shows in OZ, so credit there too.

I did mention that we were staying at a hotel adjoining the NEC though there is still quite a long walk around the complex to reach the entrance doors and we don't wait for the shuttle bus.  The way we walk takes us through huge sections that must have the longest walking "travelators" which are flat escalators really. This image really only shows half the length of this "mile a minute" peoples' carrier.  If you put all the ones you see at airports together then you may imagine the length of this one.

Photo shows one of a few large eating areas yet it is still "musical chairs" to grab a seat and whilst you are eating you feel like a hundred eyes are watching you in case you look ready to vacate your table!

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