I’m back from 5 days at The Festival of Quilts. I work so hard to get everything ready for it that by the time I get there I am quite nervous about it all – Will anyone like my new work? Will anyone buy anything etc etc?
By Thursday lunchtime I am usually beginning to relax a little.
The day after the show I am usually feeling a bit like a zombie, and wander aimlessly around my studio etc, but today i have been sorting things and trying to get organised, and trying to work out what direction I should go in the future.
I am really trying to reduce the amount of teaching I do and concentrate on only the best.
I think i had better do some more “sardines” quilts and some more houses quilts as everyone seemed to really like them.
I never get much chance to see any of the quilts, these are some of them that caught my eye
We had a lovely evening with one of the judges and we were asking her why one of the quilts won a first prize – it was really interesting, the first thing she said was that many of the quilts did not fulfil the rules of entry of that category. I made my game and entered it in the quilt creation category, and when I read the judges comment it said it was not 3D
So my game. I made it based on the idea of Pachisi – an Indian game like ludo and now have some kits for sale.
Here is my entry
It was stitched using Decora 12 – a Madeira thread given to me by Madeira Israel
It comes in such fabulous colours and is so easy to use. Don’t use it in the bobbin and use a top stitch needle and you shouldn’t have any problems.
They also gave me some frosted matt thread but i have yet to use it
Back to Festival of Quilts. I did loads of teaching this year – I was offered it, but next year I will go back to just session a day.
Thanks to all my helpers my stand was managed in my absence wonderfully by Fiona, Lesley, Shoshi, Dorothy and Carina
I was lucky this year to be given (without having to pay for it) a little extra space, however I did have to pay for an extra light.
It was lovely to meet up with students and friends from all over the world. There is such an fabulous atmosphere – everyone looks like they are having fun. I spoke to a very sweet lady who said she hadn’t been able to sleep well for 3 weeks she had been so excited at being able to come and have a day off by herself.
I was given a beautiful book by my friend Shoshi. I love the colours of the Palestinian costume. Now I just need some time to look at it
I was given another book. This one is all in Polish but look at the patterns / illustration.
You can see why i like it
There is never much chance to buy much from all the shops but i did buy some fabric. I liked this as it is shaded and I have a plan to use it on one of my next projects
Its a moda fabric
Watch this space!
More thread came today for me. This time it is from Mettler as I am going to use their thread for my workshops in Maastricht in Holland in October
Yes it is variegated! I have a plan, this is for 2017, but the grey is for 2016
Now….so much admin etc to catch up with.