I love looking at all the quilts at Festival Here are a few of my favs…
I loved this quilt… http://blog.suepops.co.uk/2011/08/festival-of-quilts-winner-2011.html
…and I thought the winning entry of the Quilt Creations category was sheer brilliance. It was a large book, designed using paper, fabric and stitch, based on the theme “birds”. It was beautiful. I took a couple of photos but you get a much better image on the artists, Stephanie Redfern’s, site here http://www.sredtextiles.co.uk/5.html
This quilt, Prelude, is by my C&G tutor, Janet Twinn. Studying her course you begin to get an understanding of all the processes she puts her fabric though to get that depth of colour. She has a book out next week which I would really recommend to anyone interested in art quilts http://www.amazon.co.uk/Colour-Art-Quilts-Janet-Twinn/dp/1849940002 The new term of the C&G course starts in the autumn in Surrey, one Saturday a month, in case anyone is interested.
and a close up
The next 2 quilts were inspired by Yoshiko Jinzenj. I loved this Log Cabin by Patsy Perrin.
and on a similar muted theme I also loved this quilt by Val Chambers.
A little bit about our travel plans this year, as I know those from the South are always interested to know how others have got there. I am rather fed up of the Hilton, as they are on site it is as if they don’t have to try. I like the pool, but that is about it. This years we decided to book into a luxury hotel in Birmingham. We got a good deal on it so it didn’t work out any more expensive than the NEC hotel. Trains got from the NEC to New Street roughly every 5 minutes, so it is easy to do. We went out for a drink in Birmingham (police and cricket supporters everywhere) and it felt good to be out of the artificial NEC environment for a bit. I can definitely recommend it.
Tomoorrow I will post some pictures of the In the Spotlight gallery.