Friday, 29 August 2008

Nec Festival of Quilts

Gradually catching up with my blog! Sunday 17th August saw me catching a coach with the ladies from Ferrers Quilters to go to Birmingham. An early start but that was OK. Gave us plenty of time for a really good look round. Lots of wonderful work,too much to list here. Trends seemed to be many more art quilts also lots of painting,bleaching /discharge etc. The Kemshalls have been real trend setters there.It was interesting to watch them working using various different methods to transfer portraits on to fabric in a quilt they are making featuring the women in their family.
My favourite pieces were in the 3D and wearable section with some interesting use of computer parts, just quirky enough to appeal to me
I was most interested in watching people working with new techniques. Committed to Cloth is always worth watching as was Kim Thittichai and Maggie Grey. A few new ideas I might even get round to trying.
All in all a good day with only one downside. The button up quilts that had been made by so many groups in the UK and abroad were poorly displayed. Ferrers Quilters entry had very little showing but the one I was, in a very small way, involved with from Springfield Quilters was almost completely invisible. In fact most of Region 8 and 9 were very restricted


ChichiBoulie said...

Sounds like a great day. Although I do love art quilts, I'm still a traditionalist and nothing compares to a beautifully pieces patchwork!

lostintheforest said...

I'm so jealous! The one thing I really miss about Birmingham is being able to hop on a bus and get to the Festival of Quilts or Knitting and stitching show :(
Glad you had a good day!

Anonymous said...

I too am SO jealous - would LOVE to have gone.. Glad you enjoyed it :-)