Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Festival of Quilts

I don't know why it took me so long to edit my pictures of the marvellous quilts shown at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, Great Britain. There were hundreds of quilts - a feast for the eye and the soul.

You can find the winning quilts here - so no need to show them.

These are a few of my favorites:

"Ebb & Flow: Four Decades" by Sheena Stone, Great Britain
Artist's Statement: Each quarter of the orange 'inner self' represents how I felt about my life over the last four decades. From top left: tentative beginnings at school/university; spreading my wings; where am I going?; 'this-is-me' in my 40/50s. The flying geese represent the ebb and flows of life. 

"Circles of Influence" by Paula Doyle, Great Britain

"Geo" by Bev Mayo, Great Britain

"Carmine Bee-Eater Eidos" by Araba McMillan and Joe Bennison, Great Britain

"The Rainbow Sign" by Linda Campbell, Great Britain

"Not so squere" by Jill Lindström, Sweden

"Fly away with me" by Hilde Hoogwaerts, Netherlands
Artist's statement: When living in Ghana I was inspired by the vibrant colours and intrigued by the hidden messages in the prints of the African fabrics. This particular quilt served as a backdrop for a wedding. As I wanted the kaleidoscope to 'jump out' I alternated dark and light colours against the dark background.

"Serenity" by Alison Stothard, Great Britain

"Mill on the River Spaarne" by Lynn Kinsey, Great Britain

"Tree in the Moonlight" by Béatrice Bueche, France

"Tulips" by Joanna Soloch, Italy

"Neofelis Nebulosa" by Maria Eugenia Corbella, Spain
Artist's Statement: 'Neofelis Nebulosa' is part of a series of quilts about endangered species with the aim to raise awareness and protect them. It lives in India, China, Birmania, Indochina, Sumatra and Borneo. Taiwan's subspecies of the Neofelis Nebulosa became extinct in 1990 because of human selfishness.

"Who's Who" by Susan Grimes, Great Britain

"Celebrating Past and Present" by Jacky Hopkin, Great Britain

"Cum et Iris" by Sandra Ruano Navarro, Spain
Artist's statement: View of a tornado through a window with the colors of the rainbow. 

"Reconnected" by Janice Gunner, Great Britain

"Mind the Gap" by Cecilia Slinn, Great Britain

with 2 details showing the free-motion-quilting in the background.
The Underground routes are created and hand sewn using bias tubing.

Artist's statement: The iconic London Unterground Map ... with words and buildings; landmarks that are the very essence of London.

These are just a few of the beauties. There are more to come in the next few days. So check back, follow by e-mail or subscribe.  See you!

I am linking this to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Fridays".


  1. so nice to see you have given the names of the artists

    1. I think that's the least I can do - giving credit where credit is due. And I also believe that this information is of interest to the reader, as are the artist's statements where you can follow the train of thoughts of the quilter.

  2. So many beauties! Even those that I don’t particularly find to be pretty are impressive. Thanks so much for sharing! I am feeling inspired.