Sunday, 19 August 2012


I have just returned home from my Annual pilgrimage to the Festival of Quilts held at the NEC Birmingham.  As usual it was a fantastic show with many, many wonderful quilts and stitched works of art.  I haven't entered anything for a couple of years now as I haven't really had the time to spend on an important project as this although I did make time to produce something for the Contemporary Quilt Group challenge this year.  It is the 10th Anniversary of the formation of the Group and we were given a black and white photograph of a Tin Mine in Cornwall to use as our inspiration.  As usual I spent too much time thinking about it but in the end was satisfied with my design.  All the more satisfying and exciting was to be told that my Quilt had been selected for inclusion in the Exhibition at the Festival of Quilts this year, and also to be included in  the new Contemporary Quilt Book to celebrate the Anniversary.  I used an image transfer technique which gave me unexpected but more than satisfying results as the colour was perfect to blend with my hand dyed and painted fabrics.  I also used some French linen that I had rust dyed especially for this project.  The Exhibition at the Festival of Quilts was stunning and I felt very honoured and humbled to have my work hanging there with all the other beautiful entries.  It was amazing how different they all were and how each person had interpreted the subject in such a variety of ways.  No two were alike.