Friday, 21 August 2009

Festival of Quilts at the NEC

OK, so I have lots of pictures!
I have never been to the Festival of Quilts before, it is huge! International sellers and displays of such special work I think next time I may have to go for 2 days!
Lets start with Maggie's stand from Sunflower Fabrics, it looked fantastic. I couldn't get great pictures as there were so many people looking at all the wonderful fabrics she had available.
The quilt to the foreground and right of the picture (underneath the Sunflower Fabrics quilt) is Maggies new pattern using the Valley Forge collection of fabrics which I am rather liking for this winter.

One of the beautiful treasure boxes of fabric, buttons and threads that are colour co-ordinated to give you all the inspiration you need to make something lovely.

People, people everywhere!

This was part of the collection called Celebration of which different countries had entered quilts built from strips of different designs.

The detail in the work is just amazing.
I did fail to note which country had entered this particular quilt, oops sorry, but it is very good.

This was from the UK with the fourth panel from the right being tea cups - very appropriate!

And this is the detail from the third panel in, it had the words by William Blake used in the hymn Jerusalem, written along the length of the panel.

I want to say that this is from Spain but I cannot tell you if I have just made that up or if it was!

On closer inspection of one of the panels, I notice the flag from the top of the champagne bottle is more likely Swiss!

This is some of the detailing from the Happy Birthday panel, the flowers are beautiful colours and embellished with beads.

Just to give you an idea of the size of some of the quilts I took this picture with people in (plus you can see how hard it was to get a people-less photo!) to give the idea of scale. These weren't even the biggest quilts on display!

But if having a beautiful quilt on your bed is not enough (so I don't believe for one minute that any of these are used as a throw across a bed where a muddy pawed cat can roam!) you could wear your quilted wonder!

A summer dress perhaps?

But given the changeable weather we are having, you'll probably need a coat too!

Complete with ladybird on the pocket!

I'm going to put the rest of the pictures on tomorrow as I think that is probably enough for today! Off to get inspired with new fabrics.

Take care all, til tomorrow

Sarah x


  1. Hi Sarah,

    What an amazing day!
    I may book up tickets to go myself next year!

    Rose XXX

  2. What can I say....WOW!! It must have been an amazing day, and inspirational too.

    Sue xx

  3. It looks fantastic. Did you bump into Anne (Silver Sewer) while you were there.


  4. We were there yesterday as well, I have published some of my photos as well. Cottonreel and Bluebell will publish theirs later.

    Do have a look at my blog.

  5. What a fun show! I love your detail shots! Thanks for sharing!

  6. You took wonderful photos at the show. Last year I went mad as it was my first visit taking loads of photos. I was with friends this year and didn't take as many. Pity I can't visit the show again this weekend as one day isn't enough.

  7. Hi sarah! Non of your photos are the same as mine!! How clever are we or perhaps thats called fluke! Mine are on facebook, boring everyone about quilts again, let me know when you're at Sunflower Fabrice next and I'll show you them. Glad to see your photos as I couldn't get to see everything, too many people! Glad you had fun and your stash has grown. i had 1/2 metre of the cherries too! love Sonja.x


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