The Festival of Quilts 2014 – Part One – The Atmosphere of the Show

The Festival of Quilts 2014 was bigger than ever. To see everything in the show you really need a day and a half or even two to do it thoroughly – I only had a day, which meant lots of fast walking was on the cards.

These are some photos that share the show’s atmosphere, starting with shopping, then lunch, exhibitions and quilts, demonstrations and finally a last look at the quilts before leaving. I had a wonderful day.

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping

Let’s face it, one of the main reasons for visiting the Show is for a little retail therapy!

The shopping alone takes the best part of half a day and then there are the quilts, exhibitions and demonstrations which take up the rest of the time – and at some point I had to eat too!

The Festival of Quilts 2014 shopping
I started shopping as soon as the doors opened – it started off quiet and soon filled up!

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The V & A London & the wonders of the “Members’ Room”

only Room. My trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, was brilliant, as always. Every time I go, I wonder why I don’t go more often – it is a warren full of rooms of delight.

Members’ Room

Me and my chum started our day with a visit to the mysterious V & A Members’ Only Room which was hidden on level 4 in the glass exhibition.

Victoria and Albert Museum members' area
Members’ Room – you can see the reflection of the glass balustrade to the upper glass gallery
The lounge was light, spacious and airy, and we had two attendants to ourselves serving refreshments, lots of wonderful sofas to sit on and huge exhibition books to browse through,  I felt very decadent sitting there having my cream tea.

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Art in Action 2014

Art in Action is a four day event that showcases the talents of professional artists in marquees dedicated to their chosen genre of work.

My favourite marquees to visit are always ‘Textiles’, ‘Illustration & Calligraphy’, the ‘Market’ where goodies are for sale and this year another favourite of mine was the ‘War Artists’.

Other forms of crafts are demonstrated too, including painting, ceramics, wood, glass, silverware and jewelry.

Textiles

As usual, I spend the best part of the morning in the Textiles tent.

Here’s a selection of the artists and their work.

Hand stitched work by Ellie Evans  

Art in Action - Hand stitched work by Ellie Evans  

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