All over with for another year, sadly, and what a good time it was. I’ve booked again for next year, I can’t not be part of it. I’ve tidied away my stand accoutrements, well until next Spring actually, when I’m off to Embroidery and Fashion/ Sewing for Pleasure, also at the NEC.
Here’s a round up, of the Festival in general, and some images of quilts, the latter all by people I know, to save all that asking for permission bother and taking weeks to do the blog. Also time was short so I had to operate a system of a few short whizzes around the halls, generally before the show started, but they were all amongst my favourites anyway.
Jackie Amies; this won second prize in the Contemporary section.
Hilary Beattie, as you can see, Highly Commended, and chosen by the judges. And here she is, below, unable to open her eyes through either tiredness or excitement.
Jill Exell, first prize Art Quilts.
Pauline Barnes, another second prize winner, in the Art Quilts section.
Annabel Rainbow’s wonderful studio set in the ‘Through our Hands’ gallery.
Laura Kemshall, also from the above gallery. The piece on the left is a painting, on the right, a quilt.
And her mum, Linda Kemshall.
Me again, ‘Beach Thoughts’, this time.
My daughter Chloe’s work, and her little horse, below, which was in the Quilt Creations section, and is shortly going to live in Suffolk.
And the lovely Pauline Burbidge, an inspiration over the years to me and many others.
My stand, showing my 12 part ‘Found’ piece, on its first outing.
And to finish off, a few general views of the show.
There’s one of my old boys on the Bernina stand, ‘Elemental’, I get to see it every year. All the runners up in the Quilter’s Guild competition go to Bernina, who sponsor the prize, so we see them displayed each year. The rest of the time they live in London, which I quite fancy myself.