Festival of Quilts 2018 – Part 1 – My Favourite Quilts

The Festival of Quilts is the highlight of my quilting year.  It’s an annual event where I feed my mind with colour & pattern and catch up with Stitchery friends from across the UK.

This year’s show felt even bigger and better than in previous yearsmore quilts, more amazing exhibitions and way more visitors. In fact, there were so many quilters arriving at the opening of day one that the organisers had to open up three entrances in order to get us all in!

I find my tastes in quilts changes from year to year.  I wander around and only photograph work which I love or pieces that  ‘speak’ to me.  After a quick browse through this year’s snaps I discovered a beautiful collection of traditional quilts and contemporary needlework which I will share with you over the next few posts.

My Favourite Quilts from The Festival of Quilts

These are my favourite quilts from the show – all are double or king size bed quilts apart from one very tiny, blue miniature quilt.

Some are competition quilts and some are exhibition quilts.

Festival of Quilts 2018 - Traditional Quilt - Ann Pill
Traditional Quilt – Ann Pill

Festival of Quilts 2018 - Two person Quilt - Teresa Pino & Pat Lang
Two person Quilt – Teresa Pino & Pat Lang
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Two person Quilt - Janette Chilver & Svetlana King
Two person Quilt – Janette Chilver & Svetlana King
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Two person Quilt - Leisbeth Manders & Anne Lillholm Jorgerson
Two person Quilt – Leisbeth Manders & Anne Lillholm Jorgerson
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Miniature Quilt - Maria Dzreeva
Miniature Quilt – Maria Dzreeva
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Modern Quilt - Linzi Upton
Modern Quilt – Linzi Upton
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Two Person Quilt - Sue Hicks & Telene Jeffrey
Two Person Quilt – Sue Hicks & Telene Jeffrey
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Traditional Quilt - Regina Maier
Traditional Quilt – Regina Maier
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Contemporary Quilt - Karen Swiech
Contemporary Quilt – Karen Swiech
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Contemporary Quilt - Karen Swiech - detail from the quilt
Contemporary Quilt – Karen Swiech – detail from the quilt
Festival of Quilts 2018 - EQA Diversity Exhibition Gallery - Mariella Andreotti
EQA Diversity Exhibition Gallery – Mariella Andreotti
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Quilters' Guild Challenge - Linda Pratt
Quilters’ Guild Challenge – Linda Pratt

Japanese Quilts

This year’s stand out quilts were made by a number of Japanese stitchers. The pieces are hand-pieced, hand-quilted and range from applique to log cabin quilts.

Festival of Quilts 2018 - The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition Gallery - Yumiko Takami
The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition Gallery – Yumiko Takami
Festival of Quilts 2018 - The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition Gallery - Fusako Yamada
The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition Gallery – Fusako Yamada
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Indigo and Sarasa; Pieces of my Life Exhibition- Shizuko Kuroha
Indigo and Sarasa; Pieces of my Life Exhibition- Shizuko Kuroha
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Indigo and Sarasa; Pieces of my Life Exhibition- Shizuko Kuroha
Indigo and Sarasa; Pieces of my Life Exhibition- Shizuko Kuroha
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Indigo and Sarasa; Pieces of my Life Exhibition- Shizuko Kuroha
Indigo and Sarasa; Pieces of my Life Exhibition – Shizuko Kuroha

Do you want to see more Quilts?

I found lots of beautiful quilts and pieces of needlework at the show  which I will share in the next posts – Contemporary Needlework, Winning Quilts and a Video Diary (from Day 1 at the show).

I was totally thrilled with my visit – a completely indulgent day full of shopping, chatting and drooling over patchwork – I can’t wait for next year.  

Did you visit the Festival of Quilts? What were your favourite quilts? Share your thoughts below.

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