Monthly Archives: August 2009

Festival of Quilts Videos: What Makes a Winning Quilt

For an idea of what makes a winning quilt at the Festival of Quilts, watch this video by Jan Hale and this video by Joanna O’Neill, two of this year’s judges. It also gives a good view of the winning quilts in the Contemporary, Art, and Quilters’ Guild Challenge categories. (The videos are on Facebook.)

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Festival of Quilts: Quilting Details

If a quilt has a tree on it, then it’s certain to catch Marion’s eye! This quilt by Lisa Walton and Nic Bridges won second prize in the group quilts category. It’s strip pieced, with the tree appliquéd on top. The colours are gorgeous, and up close you could see the fabulous quilt stitching too! It took patience to get a good photo as it was a very popular quilt.

Festival of Quilts: 2nd Prize for Group Quilts

Festival of Quilts: 2nd Prize for Group Quilts

There were several black-and-white quilts, inspiration for anyone who’s intimidated by colour. Some were pieced, others were painted like this one. Again, up close, there was great quilting to be seen.


Festival of Quilts: "Fall" by Caron Townsend

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Festival of Quilts 2009

This year’s Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham saw 173 Art Quilts, 132 Contemporary Quilts, 74 Traditional Quilts, 64 Group Quilts, 49 Miniature Quilts, 42 Quilt Creations, and 41 entries in the Quilters’ Guild Challenge. In the young quilters categories there were: 11 quilts in the 5–8 years, 11 in the 9–11, 21 in the 12–16, 7 in primary schools and 16 in secondary schools. You don’t need to be good at maths to figure out which category has the best odds for winning a prize!

Festival of Quilts 2009 Miniature Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 Miniature Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 -- Winner Group Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 -- Winner Group Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 Winner Art Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 Winner Art Quilts

Festival of Quilts 2009 -- Can You Sleep

A quilt in the Arts Quilt Category for anyone who has ever had insomnia!

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Quilting Definitions: Frogging

When you’re intending to unpick something and instead “rip-it, rip-it, rip-it”.

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2011 Quilt Calendar Competition

The challenge for the 2011 Quilting Arts Magazine Calendar Contest is to create a 12″x12″ (30x30cm) embellished art quilt on the theme “Flavor of the Month”.  You have to send the publishers in the USA three 8×10″ photographs (one of the full quilt and two detail shots) by 8 March 2010. If your quilt is shortlisted, you’ll then post the quilt to the magazine. Read the full details of the competition here…

Given how much we all love cake, coming up with an idea for a “Flavor of the Month” quilt shouldn’t be that be tricky. Though we might need to try various kinds of cake to decide what might be suitable for each season… Do post your suggestions in the comments below!

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Photos from Loch Lomond Quilt Show 2009

Loch Lomond Quilt Show 2009 Flying Colours: Highly Commended Quilt Jacobean Garden by Susan Muir.

Loch Lomond Quilt Show 2009 Flying Colours: Highly Commended Quilt Jacobean Garden by Susan Muir.

"Shelter by Gillian Cooper" at the 2009 Loch Lomond Quilt Show challenged the definition of "quilt". The quilts were made with a dyed silk fabric on the inside and cotton velour on the outside, with wadding in the middle.

"Shelter" by Gillian Cooper (gilliancooper.blogspot.com) at the 2009 Loch Lomond Quilt Show challenged the definition of "quilt". The quilts were made with a dyed silk fabric on the inside and cotton velour on the outside, with wadding in the middle. Three layers ... but is it a quilt or an artwork?

Detail from a quilt at the 2009 Loch Lomond Quilt Show

Detail from a quilt at the 2009 Loch Lomond Quilt Show

Skye Quilters at the 2009 Loch Lomond Quilt Show

Skye Quilters (+ one honorary member) at the 2009 Loch Lomond Quilt Show

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