Festival of Quilts


I recently visited The Festival of Quilts up in the NEC in Birmingham, which was both inspiring and overwhelming as there was so much to look at.

I got a chance to see techniques I’d only heard about in books and discovered many more inventive ways of using stitch and fabric.

It was also interesting to see all the latest equipment on show, like sewing machines designed to do amazing digital embroidery and long arm quilting machines.

The quality of the work ranged from the less interesting traditional quilts to the  inventive and equally skillfull Art quilts. There were quilts made by school aged children,

three dimensional objects- which I loved and clothing.And then plenty of stalls selling fabric and equipment.

There was a lot of print combined with stitch and I am definitely thinking this is the way I want to develop my work .

So I have ordered my free motion embroidery foot for my sewing machine and intend to experiment  as soon as it arrives.

As well as being drawn to the colourful symmetrical decorative shapes and the quilts I loved those that depicted flora and fauna

I was also drawn to the  machine embroidery which was made using dissolvable interfacing ,producing lacey effects.

With much food for thought I’ll get back to my sewing machine and endeavour to discover a new way of mark making and texture creation