Today I'd usually be visiting the Great Northern Quilt Show at Harrogate which I've done for many years. I love supporting our 'local' show and it's just the right size without being overwhelming. However, this year I decided to have a change so, a couple of weeks ago, I travelled down to Birmingham to see the Festival of Quilts. It's been a few years since my last visit but it's great to see this one once in a while as it's the top show in the country and attracts all the best and most innovative quilters. It's held in three massive halls with quilts displayed in different categories and hundreds of traders.
I took loads of photos but have picked out a few of my favourites to give you a flavour of what I saw. No words, just lots of amazing work.
|Paradise in Bloom - Robyn Fahy|
|The Magical Mermaid's Castle - Claudia Pfeil|
|Think Tea - Sheena Hughes|
|The Stour in Winter - Mary Bird|
|Fern Rising - Claudia Pfeil|
|Left: Parts of the Sun - Mary Mattimoe|
Right: Floribundance - Gillian Theokritoff
|Rainbow Lorikeet - Helen Godden|
|She's a Wildflower - Joanna Wilczynska Halassek|
|Miniature: Un poco de Pina - Karen Moore|
|Miniature: Vestiges - Leah Higgins|
|Homestead - Shipton Quilters|
Best in Show was won by Sandy Chandler with Infinity.
Funnily enough, Visitor's Choice was also won by a wholecloth quilt: Pearl Princess by Sandie Lush.
Wholecloth quilts are awful to photograph and, to be truthful, are not really my thing. I can appreciate the fantastic workmanship in them though. So what would have been my own choice?
Of the traditional quilts, I loved this one for its bright colours: Dresden in Bloom - Janette Chilver.
I also have a soft spot for the girl with flowers in her hair and Robyn Fahy's 'Paradise in Bloom' (pictured first).
Overall though, I think Other Places by Sandra Newton was my Best in Show and it also won Best Miniature. I just love the quiet colour and movement.
What do you think? Which would you have chosen?
Today then, instead of visiting a quilt show, I'll be working on my own. And hoping to spend some time outside if the weather improves. Hope you're enjoying your weekend whatever you have planned. x