Festival of Quilts, part 2: What I saw

I blogged last week about what I bought at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. Now I’m going to share some snaps of what I saw. The Festival of Quilts features dozens of galleries and hundreds of amazing quilts. As a relatively new quilter, this was thrilling! So much inspiration in one place. Here are just a few photos of quilts that caught my eye.

These photos are hit or miss – there were so many people around that I just put the camera on auto and hoped for the best!

This incredible quilt is called Octopussy and is by Janneke de Vries-Bodazinga. It won first place in the Art Quilt category as well as the First Amateur Award.

Here’s a detail shot:

I loved that there were so many modern quilts, from modern techniques to modern subjects. This quilt, called Dear Jane, It’s the 21st Century, by Valerie Mullally, won first place in the Contemporary category.

This beautiful quilt combines both sewing and knitting. The creator, Pauline Law, calls it Double Delight.

This quilt is the largest Sulky Houses quilt in the world according to the Guiness Book of World Records. It was created by six women with the help of 178 quilters across the Czech Republic. How cool!

In galleries, I’m always drawn to blue. This is called Bauhaus Blues and is by Margaret Davidson, who said it was inspired by a 1926 piece of sandblasted glass by Josef Albers within the Bauhaus Institution. Love, love, love!

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