Tuesday morning Pitch and Stitch - 10.00am to 1.00pm

Tuesday morning Pitch and Stitch - 10.00am to 1.00pm
This hanging from Annie Downs' Hatched and Patched book should be in every caravan as a cushion or decoration!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Festival of Quilts 2016

Brilliant time at the NEC last weekend and top of my list was going to  see Angela at the Bobbin Patch to get the kits for our Giant Bobbin Pin Cushion workshop on the 14th September:

You can choose from Owls, Sheep, Scottie Dogs or Cats and they are really fun and quick to make.

We looked at all the quilts, and the good thing about going for two days is that it's all a bit overwhelming on the first day but on the second day you can take more in.

I took loads of photos, of course, but am going to try and select a few favourites for this post.  I try to be really careful about taking down names etc but I'm not always so clever about it.

The first two quilts I was very excited to see was Medallion Quilt II by Jenny Otto - which is, of course, one of our very own Lynne Johnson Quilts:

So that was very exciting.

And then this one by Faye's daughter-in-law Anna Galvin:

That's not Anna in front of it, it was someone I don't know but she and her friend were really admiring Anna's quilt!

Next up is this 'Walled Garden Broughton Castle by Dorothy Clee which I loved because it reminded me of the gardens of my relatives in Blockley in the Cotswolds.

This one, Tumbling Blocks by Abigail Booth, was very clever and won third prize in the Modern Quilts.

and this one, Vintage Bouquet is by Jo Colwill of Cowslip with Eileen Luxford
I loved this one -  Wallachien Colours by Vera Skockova and Skocek Citbor - because I love the folky feel to it.

This one below was a massive quilt on the end of an aisle and the more I walked past it the more I warmed to it.  You had to admire all the work that had gone into sewing all the little hexagons together - each on about the size of a 50p.

The softness of the colours in Grey is Beautiful by Anne Lillihom Jorgensen really drew me
I loved this one on the Diversity in Europe stand

The border was so beautiful:

And finally, since so many of the ladies who come to our workshops keep bees, I have to include this:

So, there you are, a tiny selection of the many beautiful quilts we saw at the exhibition.  We had such a good time, enjoying the over night stay so we could attend the delicious meal and then be entertained by the brilliant talk afterwards by Kaffe Fassett - I wonder if any of my Hastings cousins know him?

Then how lovely to get back home to find this:

All stacked up nicely for me to wash up - thank goodness our new dishwasher has arrived!


  1. Love the Wallachien Colour one. Not so keen on the pile of washing up at the end. You should have smashed it to the floor. You really haven't got your fellow household members under control!

  2. Inspiring quilts. Is the walled garden a painting?
    I like the pincushions.