Festival of Quilts – Part 1

This year I went to the Festival of Quilts up at the NEC for the first time. I love hand sewing, I don’t manage to do much of it because I don’t have a lot of space at home and a lot of my spare time is taken up crocheting snoods.  The only reason I haven’t been to the Festival of Quilts before is because its quite a long way from my home in Hampshire and I thought it would cost a fortune to get there. It turned out to be cheap and easy on the train so that’s me signed up annually for a visit.

First off I have to say its the best craft Festival of the year in every respect, the venue is fantastic, the layout is HUGE but spacious so it’s nowhere near as jostly as the Knitting & Stitching Shows in London.  The stallholders are friendly and interested in talking to you and the other attendees are just lovely. Honestly I’ve never met such a happy and welcoming group of crafters as the quilters.  I want to join their gang.

I took loads of pictures, there was just so much to fall in love with, I only did one day but two would be better, I’m sure I missed most of the displays.

This is the first thing I loved. A gorgeous hand quilted kimono style jacket.

SAM_2232 SAM_2233 SAM_2234I love this style of jacket, this just makes me want to embellish my own clothes. What I love most about the quilt designs is its mainly based on a simple, perfect running stitch. The simplicity of running stitch does nothing but enhance a design without looking show-offy like silk shading can.  Running stitch also reminds me of the basting stitches you use in tailoring which are themselves beautiful. Have a closer look a the wave pattern, it’s just perfect.

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