Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Art Quilts - Festival of Quilts 2010

A big THANK YOU to all those who have emailed saying how much you are enjoying seeing some of the quilts displayed at the Festival of Quilts 2010 held in Birmingham, England.  This Blog shows some of the 180 quilts entered in the Art Quilts Section.

Winner of the Arts Quilt Section was "Pay the Ferryman" made by Annette Morgan.

Felixstowe Ferry is a favourite place for lunch and a wealth of inspiration for artists.  Annette captured this inspiring quilt which she machine quilted using image transfer techniques, screen printed, foils and paint.

The judges said: "This quilt references its theme so amazingly well.  The colour relationship and subtle repetitive background against the focal panel is particularly effective."

White Night was made by Irina Voronina as an expression of love for St. Petersburg.  The most beautiful season of its life is mysterious Summer white nights.
Machine quilted with stitching application, the materials used were linen, commercial cotton, viscose and cotton - coloured by hand, tulle, sintepon and backing.

Lynne Quinn made "A Future and a Hope" quilt stating that "the design development was like a journey so I included a storm at sea pathway and light to shine the way."  The design was developed from shapes in wood and interpreted in foundation and curved piecing, using hand dyed and painted fabrics.

One of the features of the show that I applauded as initiative for the artists of tomorrow was a separate section called "Graduate Showcase".  What a great opportunity for these young people to show Europe their talent and maybe open some doors for them for their future careers.  Showcased was the work of 8 of this year's leading graduates in textiles with each being present to answer questions and be "interviewed".  Pushing the boundaries of what may normally be considered quilting, the selected graduates demonstrate real innovation in their respective subjects and provide an interesting variety of work and ideas.

Nicky Booth represented the University of Staffordshire.

Don't you agree that this is a wonderful idea and superb opportunity for these graduates?

Now, on the homefront, don't forget Father's Day this Sunday.  I'm sure you could find something or other (that you need) on my website to give him Sunday morning?  Why not?  I bet you've received some strange presents in the past that you wondered what you'd do with them!

Remember, I have 3 places left in my Machine Embroidery Retreat from 12th to 14th September which you could easily say was to give him a break for a few days with you "leaving him alone at home". ????  Email me:

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