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Saturday 20 August 2011

Festival of Quilts 2011

I had such a wonderful time at Festival of Quilts
11-14 August 2011

the quilts were truly amazing with
a colourful array of work from some incredibly talented artists
it really was an honour to see them

one of the highlights of my day
was seeing my friend Julie's beautiful quilt

her quilt was inspired by Cornwall and it's sea, colours and textiles
with beautiful toning colours that I can relate to
and with images from St. Ives transferred to fabric
it was both perfectly composed and exquisitly finished

congratulations Julie

"Turning, Disappearing" - Julie Mackinder
so here are a few more of the quilts that I found interesting
inspiring and breathtakingly beautiful

where possible I have included information about the quilts and the artists but there are one or two where I'm not sure of the artist so if you can help me out with any missing information I would be grateful and will update this post

this one I loved for the shimmering silver greys
and the pebble shapes

[would welcome information]

this incredible piece is by my bloggy friend Annabel Rainbow
the amount of work and detail in this pictorial quilt is amazing
it drew many admirers and I was so pleased to see it was

"highly commended"

congratulations Annabel

"Life (Measure of Time)" - Annabel Rainbow

love this one for the beautiful stitching and soft silver greys

"Rosebridge" - Jacqueline Heinz

a beautifully composed seaside scene
so many interesting textures and details

so glad to put a name to this beautiful quilt
thanks to Sharne for the information

"Walking my dog" - Brigette Kopp

this one drew me in and was one of my favourites
I admire all the subtle colours and textures

"Herculaneum" - Susan Hotchkis
I love the mediums used

monoprinting on brown paper and then waxed
and screen printed fabrics with discharge

Susan was inspired by distressed walls and broken tiles
found on a visit to Pompeii and Herculaneum

I've visited Pompeii and Herculaneum too and I can relate
to this beautiful textile piece ... it's wonderful!

I love the colours and soft tones in this seascape
and the idea of expressing the scene in long panels
another beautiful piece of art

[would welcome information]

I liked the rusted elements on this one

machine quilted with UV activated thread
rusted and tea dyed fabrics, screen printed text
with melted sheer overlays

sounds like a fun recipe!

"In the Closet" - Tamara Schultz

this beautiful and colourful quilt was "highly commended"
it is eye catching and drew many admirers

"men in Rajasthan, India wear their saffron dyed turbans
on two occasions ... weddings and the Dassehra Festival"

"Dassehra" - Bente Kultorp Andresen

love the layers and tones on this one
beautiful use of colour

"Temple of the Dawn, Bangkok" - Hazel Jordan

and this one I loved for the use of colour and text
and such minute piecing!

these are my favourite tones of orange and yellow

a detail from "Between the Lines" - Sonja Thalen-Maat

beautiful use of colour
beautiful piecing and shapes

[would welcome information]

this beautiful and whimsical landscape appealed to me very much
I love the patchwork countryside and, again, the colours
so quintessentially English

the artist was inspired by a painting by Carry Ackroyd
and made with her permission

this led me to discover the wonderful landscapes and paintings of
the English countryside by artist, painter and printmaker

Carry Ackroyd

Ditch 2 - Doris Mary Alcock

beautiful shapes, piecing, texture and use of colour in this quilt

"Navaho" - Sarah Showers

and this was the deserving winner of the pictorial quilt section
inspired by one of the artist's own photographs
of the dry season in Kenya

"Hot Africa" - Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga
just a small selection of some of my favourite quilts
as we all have different tastes
and thank goodness for that!

towards the end of the day I caught these two beautiful girls
in their lovely costumes and on ten foot stilts

"swanning around"

there were so many highlights crammed into one day
but the best one has to be meeting up
with so many of my lovely bloggy friends

a rare moment when so many of us got together
we all agreed this was the best photo taken of us all
left to right
Julie Mackinder, Mirim, Carol McFee, Carolyn Saxby
Margaret Roberts (Mags), Jackie Cardy, Gina Ferrari
Chrissie Galley, Viv Sliwka, Margaret and Sue Krekorian

and a little after the photo was taken
we were joined by Chris Gray, Sandra Wyman and Penny Leonard

I hope you enjoyed the photos ...
I have a little more to share from
Festival of Quilts 2011

until then
have a fab weekend


Julie Shackson said...

Such a wonderful flavour of the exhibition, for those of us who didn't manage to get there! I'm sure I've seen the long panels of sea scape before somewhere, and as I recall, they were each made by a different artist interpreting the same scene. Can I remember who the artists are, or where I saw them? Can I heck!

Margaret Garrood said...

Thank you so much for sharing your photos of the wonderful quilts on display. I was really disappointed that I wasn't able to get there this year and your pictures have shown me just what I missed! I hope to make it next time!

Angie Willis said...

How lovely of you to publish all those wonderful photos. Are you going to post a photography of your own quilt? I do hope so!

vilterietje said...

lovely report of the quilt event and nice to meet you:)
ps: did you get my order? i'm looking forward to the beads!

Julie said...

It has been wonderful to see the quilts through your eyes Carolyn and you have shown us more detail than I noticed while I was there. Thank you too for showing my quilt, you have shown it in a lovely light.

Evelyn ~ Indigo Beach Art said...

A great set of photos from the FOQ !!

Diane said...

I am in total awe at the talent that you ladies produce. True labours of love. Great photo of you all too. xxxxxxxxxxxx

artangel said...

Wow what stunning and creative work! I really must try and get to this next year ... I'd love to see it in person

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Thank you for fabulous photos and a flavour of the event. Wish I could have been there too!

Gwyneth Depport said...

makes me ashamed that I didn't get there, I definitely will next year!

Liz said...

Very remarkable, opens a new world of expression for me

vilterietje said...

hi carolyn!
don't know if you get my email,
but just want to say that your
package arrived today in good order.
they are even more beautiful
than i thought they would be.
thanks, riet:)

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Marvellous quilts - lovely to meet up with so many fellow bloggers too, Carolyn. x

Lynda Howells said...

wow...what amazing work. Thank you for sharing all this with us.xxlynda

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Gunnel Svensson said...

Hi Carolyn! I have tried several times to comments, but blogger haven´t let me :-(
another try ........
Thanks for sharing beautiful photos on these wonderful quilts! / Gunnel

ewa-christine said...

Thanks for charing, it was so nice to se.......beautiful and a lot of hapiness!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Thanks for the tour of the quilt show and especially for the detail photos. You captured the work on these marvelous artworks. Very enjoyable post.
best, nadia

Caterina Giglio said...

enjoyed it immensely!! gorgeosity...xx

Anonymous said...

I love that you've focussed on only on the overall beauty of the quilts but also the fabulous and intricate stitching - a real feast. :o)

Lynette (NZ) said...

Wonderful inspiring work - love the detail shots.

libbyquilter said...

some absolutely fantastic talent represented here in these quilts~!!~!
thank you for sharing them.

i seen some shots of your beautiful work on Evelyn's blog and it certainly fits right in with the best of these beauties.
your talent always inspires me.


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Anonymous said...

Hello there! I've just caught up with you and some bloggyness. Thank you so much for photographing Life (Measures of Time) and being so kind and supportive. The other quilts looks amazing and I wish I had been there. x

Jacqueline said...

I really wanted to meet all off you but it looks like I did miss all the fun :-)

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Tam-a-rama said...

Thank you so much for liking my quilt! It means a lot.