Friday, 8 September 2017

Festival of Quilts

Finally I have got around to looking at all the photos I took when at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham. This was almost a month ago and my very first visit to the exhibition. I certainly wasn't disappointed and in two days I only just managed to see all the quilts and stalls, and, of course, took oodles of photos. It's been really difficult to decide which I would like to show you as everything there was absolutely brilliant. Nevertheless here is a small selection.

Firstly four larger quilts:
Linda Forey's Diamonds are Forever - such precise piecing and lovely use of the stripey fabric for the squares in the corners of the blocks.

Rebecca Handyside's A Year of Colour - very effective use of rainbow colours in a simple design.

Sylvia Borrows British Day in Town & Country - you could never tire of looking at this quilt

and HMP Bullingdon Boys Two Man Cell - this was definitely a surprise exhibit!!

Now three wall quilts:
Mary Mayne's Seed Heads - I love all the colour and quirkiness.

ExDC Quilters Amsterdam Houses - what a brilliant Idea for a group quilt and so much intricate detail in each house panel

and Linda Anderson's Morning Mist - I just couldn't stop looking at these raindrops made with shiny fabric circles and precise shading.

Finally two small wall quilts:
Judy Beevor's No Place Like Home - a foundation pieced row quilt

and Hannie de Beer's New York Beauty Garden - it made my heart sing!

A big "Thank you" to Denise of South West Quilters for organising the trip - it couldn't have been better.

Rainy days means lots of sewing :)  - Anita x

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Causley's Launceston at Flowerpatch Exhibition

Flowerpatch members have enjoyed supporting the Charles Causley Festival in Launceston again this year. The small (approx A5) hangings below were displayed like bunting during the Festival and at our Flowerpatch exhibition. They depict some of the buildings in Launceston.










In a previous post I explained how I turn a photo into a line drawing.

That completes the posts showing quilts, etc. from our exhibition and you can view all the other posts by clicking below.

Large Quilts

Flowerpatch Exhibition

More Quilts

From Photo to Textile

As this is my last exhibition post I'm linking up with Crazy mom Quilts Finish it up Friday

Happy Stitching - Anita x

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Large Quilts at Flowerpatch Exhibition

As promised here are some of the larger quilts on display at Flowerpatch Quilter's exhibition at the beginning of the month.

This first is My Whimsical Quilt Garden made by Dy - from Piece O' Cake Designs

and Liz B's Back to Basics, made for a friend.

This is Melody's Rotherfields Greys Minus One - from a Di Ford design

and Discovery by Sue M - from a Petra Prins design.

Here is Monica D's I did It Janet! - about 15 years in the making and well worth the wait!

Finally the Bluebell Quilt - a group effort made by Ann, Brenda, Dawn, Phyll, Ruby, Sheila and myself. 

Each little square is just 1½ " and the bluebells are embroidered with variegated thread.

Yet more to come from the exhibition next post! - Anita x


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

More Quilts from Flowerpatch's Exhibition

Here are some more photos from our Flowerpatch Quilt exhibition and I see that I missed some of the lovely wall quilts in my last post.

These are Karen's Blooms, Birds & Berries and Pippa's Blue Square

Arnolda's Zak's Quilt and Elizabeth's A Hug for Ruth

and two charming flower pics in Annie's cushion and Lois's Daisies

Our exhibition is in two large rooms one of which is themed. This year the theme was Leisure.


Next time I have pics of some of the larger quilts to show you.
Happy Sewing - Anita x

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Flowerpatch Quilter's Exhibition 2017

After the excitement of Flowerpatch Quilter's 5 day exhibition followed by a 2 day trip to the Festival of Quilts, my feet have finally touched the ground and I can share some of the beautiful quilts that I have seen.

Firstly at Flowerpatch where, yet again, we were delighted with the response to our displays by the many visitors from all over the Westcountry and beyond.

These are some of the wall quilts, but by no means all:

Annie's Farm Life and Iris L's Mariner's Compass and Joy of Life

Cherrie's Oliver's Snowman and Nina's Skipping in Springtime

Liz B's Sea Horses and Pixie Land

Tina's Hearts and Jane's Lauren's Quilt

Sue M's Shoo Fly and Star Quilt

Sue S's Sunflower and Japanese Folded Patchwork

What an amazing and diverse collection of quilts - there's always plenty to inspire.
Lots more from Flowerpatch exhibition next blog post.

Happy Stitching - Anita

Thursday, 10 August 2017

From Photo to Textile

A recent exhibition by a Cornish embroidery group called "Textile +", inspired Dawn, Annie and myself to make small wall hangings from photographs. I thought that I would share them with you as the process was such fun and the results very interesting - especially to us!! They were on display at the Flowerpatch exhibition last week.

We each had to choose a photograph from which to make our textile hanging and then hand the photo to the other two for them to do the same. We didn't let each other view our finished works until they were all done - nor did we discuss what we might be going to embroider, etc.

These are the results:
My photo is a fence post on the cliff top,


Dawn's photo is a field of bales


and Annie's photo is a door with peeling paint


All the wall hangings are small - A5 size

I hope that by sharing these I may inspire you to do something similar with your friends and finally use those photos that have been filed away for future reference! I was so pleased to do something at last with my photo of the post and rusty barbed wire, which I took some years ago at Hartland Quay.

Happy Sewing
Anita x

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Exhibition preview evening at Flowerpatch

Anticipation is growing for yet another great Flowerpatch Quilters Exhibition after we had an exciting preview evening of some of the entries last week.

Here below is a tantalising glimpse of a few of the quilts on show:-

Starting with flowers in gorgeous colours

quirky birds

down on the farm

traditional blocks

and these are absolutely charming!

Exhibition entries have to be taken to Liz's on the Saturday morning 29th July so they are all ready to hang on the Monday morning.

The exhibition is on from 1st to 5th August, 10 am to 4 pm each day and is at Central Methodist Church Hall in Launceston, PL15 8BA. Refreshments are available all day and we have a sales table of fabric, magazines and books, etc. which is always very popular. This year we are raising money for Cornwall Blood Bikes and have made a quilt to raffle called "Autumn Gold".


This will be our 34th exhibition and they never fail to delight - I'm really looking forward to it - Anita x