Here are some of my favourites from the Festival of Quilts last week:
Detail of Quiltstadt by Kristin La Flamme
Clothes Factory by Padmaja Krishnan
Neon Petunias by Anne Smith
(I'm pretty sure this was in the 'young quilter' section but I'm afraid I don't know the artist's name)
Bottom of the Ottoman by Maria Manuel
Cabin Logs by Bailey Curtis
Detail of Chitralikha by Padmaja Krishnan
Squaring the circle by Helen Hood
I've labelled them with their titles and the names of the artists where I can. (If anyone can help me with filling in the blanks, I'd be very grateful).
It was wonderful to see so many beautiful, creative, inspiring quilts. There were exhibitions of quilts by The Quilter's Guild, The Bosnian Women's Co-operative, African American Quilts, amongst others, but photography wasn't allowed so I can't share them with you. I also attended a couple of lectures, one by the editor of SAQA, which was disappointingly vague and un-inspiring. And one by Kaffe which was absolutely not!
I found the stalls slightly disappointing too. I expected to find the kind of fabrics I lust over on American sites but I didn't find too much of anything that I can't buy on my local high street. I did manage to spend some money on the following stands though :
Karry Dot Com (gorgeous turquoise and brown bag handles)
The Cross Stitch Guild (pure linen)
The Button Company (fabulous selection of buttons in bright, fun, colours)
Oliver Twists (beautiful hand-dyed threads)
and Creative Quilting (the only stand I could find duck egg / turquoise gingham on).