Yesterday I had a great day out at Festival of Quilts, spent much of the time with my mum which was wonderful.  I met up with lots of friends (including Carol of Textile Tales) and saw some inspiring work.

Though I did plan to go back today I have decided not to (I’m sitting in my hotel room supposedly writing essays in peace and quiet, not blogging *shush*).  Why am I not going back?  Because I saw everything I wanted to see….. (and I don’t want to spend anymore money).  There seems fewer quilts on display (not surprised with the cost of transporting them – bring back the local collection points please).

There were some really fantastic exhibitions, for me the European Quilt Art always wins approval, Cas Holmes was inspiring (though my machine stitch could never be that “messy”) and a new discovery in the graduate showcase Alice Fox.

Today I’m wandering over to meet a friend for lunch and as I write I wonder if I will pay the £14 to go back and have a look at a few exhibitions again?  I will see how it feels, as I really DO need get to 7 essays completed by Monday so I can play with my son! (two are complete, two need checking and three need writing).

Here are my pieces in the show.  Never easy to get a good picture.

They didn’t win anything of course, I’m not “quilty” enough for that and that’s fine with me.  I like to be me.  Know what I mean?


Tree Of Life, hand dyed cotton, beading, machine and hand embroidery (see I didn’t say “quilting”, that says it all!)  Very difficult to see the intricate work on the centre panel,


Coastal Tower inspired by Bamburgh Beach.  Silks, hand and machine stitch and beading.  The second tower I’ve displayed at FoQ.


Flight of the Swallows.  Acrylic paint on canvas.”Quilt as you go”.  Suspect the judges will not know how to mark this against their criteria and there will be lots of “fails”! Its my favourite of the three works and it does not fail in anyway to me.  Its a pictorial quilt; three layers held together with stitch. 

Time to get ready to meet a wonderful friend, unfortunately I will miss this friend and this one as they are visiting Saturday and Sunday.