Festival of Quilts – Oh My!

This weekend I have visited the Festival of Quilts at the NEC! Oh my, what a fantastic exhibition!

I was a very good girl and refrained from buying any fabric (knowing that I have no storage space left whatsoever). Unfortunately, I forgot that my bookshelves are also overflowing and did buy *ahem* one or two books ;-).

Last year, one of my favourite quilts was made by Tracy Aplin, and the same applied this year. Here is her quilt “Tracy’s Reel Medallion”. I love the colours. I love the quirky fabrics. I love the hand quilting. I love the jumbo rickrack. Great stuff!

651 Tracy Aplin Tracy's Reel Medallion
651 Tracy Aplin Tracy's Reel Medallion detail
651 Tracy Aplin Tracy's Reel Medallion detail (4)
651 Tracy Aplin Tracy's Reel Medallion detail (3)
651 Tracy Aplin Tracy's Reel Medallion detail (2)

I was pleased to see several hexagon quilts, including this amazing one: “Fibonacci Fandango” by Jess Williams:

533 Jess Williams Fibonacci Fandango

I have a thing for rust, so I loved this quilt by Alison Mesley:

56 Alison Mesley Transport of Delight

And the geek in me was very drawn to Kirsty Daum’s “The Tenth”:

902 Kirsty DaumThe Tenth

Another favourite was the Thread and Thrift exhibition by Mandy Pattullo. I particularly loved these little blue textile collages:


Did you go to the Festival of Quilts this year? What caught your eye?

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6 thoughts on “Festival of Quilts – Oh My!

  1. annjrippin says:

    Isn’t it interesting that we picked different things. I loved Mandy Pattullo’s work and have a blog scheduled on it next week. I wish I had been in time to buy something of hers. I love the ones you chose and brilliant picking out of the details. I didn’t include David Tennant in my pick, but he was lush too!

    • vivjm says:

      Oh, Mandy Pattullo’s work was wonderful. Each piece seemed a stitched story, which really appealed. Another favourite of mine was the Indian quilts from Godhari – I didn’t take photos, but I did buy the book which is lush and I will probably post a review of it soon.

  2. textileshed says:

    I just LOVE that medallion quilt – WOW! Thanks for sharing!

    • vivjm says:

      It’s wonderful isn’t it? In her statement, Tracy Aplin said she had been really inspired by Gwen Marston’s Liberated Medallion book, which is a favourite of mine, so I have been newly inspired to dig it out and pore over it!

  3. I missed the show this year as it coincided with our holiday, but loved your picks from it and especially the closeups of that bright funky quilt!

  4. Tracy aplin says:

    Hello, Tracy Aplin here. Just seen your lovely comment on my quilt…I got in touch with you before when I found last years quilt on your blog. I am working on another quilt already for next years show!!! Thank you for sharing too😊

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