A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Textile Collection. Today it features the afternoon I spent with The Tentmakers of Cairo, learning Arabic Hand Appliqué. It was fascinating listening to their stories about lives in Egypt and the different ways they create their textiles.
I’d met up with the Tentmakers a week before the class at The Festival of Quilts 2018 where they had a vibrant stand of colourful work for sale.
My appreciation for art quilts has grown in recent years. When I first started quilting 22 years ago, my work was focused on the accuracy of the cutting and piecing, and in making sure all those points matched. My materials were 100% cotton everything – threads, wadding and fabric – and all I made were heirloom quilts. Since joining the Embroiderers Guild, I have been introduced to new materials, new ideas and a love of experimenting. I love creating texture in my work and adore mixing velvet and silk with cotton, then overlaying it with threads and even more stitch.
The Art Quilts this year were stunning.
Beyond the Black Hole by Natalia Manley
Here are my favourite Art Quilts from the Show. Enjoy.
The quilts in this category were beautiful and the standard was as high as ever. Traditional patchwork techniques were demonstrated in abundance on each quilt – applique, piecing, hand & machine quilting. Being able to examine the quilts up close, I could see the skill and appreciate the hours of work that went into each and every single stitch. These are the kind of quilts I aspire to make. I am full of admiration for the dedicated needle women who made them. I stopped making large bed quilts in 2011. A change in job and a re-evaluation on life altered my creative journey. I stopped quilting and started embroidery. These wonderful quilts have inspired me to take up the rotary cutter and quarter inch sewing foot once more. I am looking forward to making my new quilt.
Here are my favourite pieces from this catagory. Enjoy.
Ladies of the Sea by Jacky Field
Another Sampler by Jean Ball
Dear Jane Seattle to Surrey by Victoria Eyers
Passacaglia in Blues by Asa Holmer
Billings Coverlet Reborn by Lynne Johnson
Madame Butterfly by Edna Marie Nylen
This stunning Quilt ‘Subtle Differences’ by Kay Bell was the Judges Choice – looks amazing from the back too.