Thursday, 10 September 2015

Festival of Quilts: Part 2

This year at the Festival of Quilts I saw a lot of memory quilts but the Quilt which 'moved' me most was the 'Sleep' Quilt' produced at Wandsworth Prison with the novelist Tracey Chevalier.  The Quilt conveyed the difficulty the inmates have in getting a good nights sleep, the thoughts that are in their minds whilst trying to sleep of which most of them were about their partners and family.  The blocks in this Quilt were really meaningful and moving.  I like it when a Quilt can give you an insight into something that I have little knowledge or concept of.

Tracey began to quilt when she was researching The Last Runaway about the underground railroad in the USA during the American Civil War and the importance of Quilting during this time - its a fantastic read and I really recommend it to Quilters.

Here is the ' Sleep Quilt'...

I'm not really into 'Art Quilts' but I can appreciate the work involved in them and I though this example was really amazing.
 The free machine embroidery detailing on the facial features is extraordinary.
I really liked this Quilt it actually reminded me of our countryside which was looking very green back in August.
This Quilt reminded me - and I'm sure was based on - Hockney's paintings.

Again, not my scene but I kept thinking of '50 Shades of Grey' when I saw this quilt.
Although this Quilt was a 'winner' I cant say it was one of my favourites, but I love a bit of log cabinning and I thought the pattern and detailing was good. 
I usually see a log cabinned Liberty Quilt at the exhibition but I saw very little Liberty at the Fest.

Lovely blocks!
This reminded me of the Worn and Washed fabric stand - another favourite of mine - I have a stash of Liberty worn and washed fabric which will hopefully see the daylight one day.
Loved this, it was a 'winner,' its traditional and ticking a lot of boxes for me.
  Loved this with a bit of 'stab stitch'

and loved this...

This is a bit of a 'guilty pleasure', I thought it was fab.  It's called '10 Tiny Teddies' of which you can see one of them in the first photo. I really liked the originality of this Quilt, there was nothing else like it in the show and I loved the fact that it is 3 dimensional, the planning and combination of fabrics in the design was so unusual and it was so cool!

And finally, here is the Quilt that I made and I have to admit I was disappointed in seeing how much the 'long arm' quilting had taken the vibrancy away from the fabric.  I have since made a 4 foot square Quilt with the fabric scraps working with the same design but I have chosen to 'stitch in the ditch' and it has not taken away any of the fabric features.
Hope you enjoyed looking at my favourite Quilts from the 'Fest', I've now started saving for 2016.


  1. Loved seeing all these beautiful quilts Rona - thanks for sharing them here! Must say I love the traditional style ones (log cabin, etc) - I like the one with the stab stitch though and the following one which reminded me a little of a Klimt painting. I love the colours in your own quilt anyway! x

  2. Thanks Alison, there was some lovely Quilts there. The quality of work on show is awesome x


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