Monday, 11 August 2014

Festival of Quilts - Hunting for Embroidery

My love of embroidery should be known by now. I am on a constant embroidery hunt and searching for nice stitches on quilts at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham was no exception.

Look what I found:

Jan Whitehouse and Sandy Chandler: That's Life
Machine quilting and Redwork by hand, and the title is so true, don't you think?
Colette Sinclair: The Garden Scape
'Rough' embroidery on distressed fabric - absolutely delightful.
 Miyuki Hamaba: Presents
(that was a very wide ric-rac)
 Janina Moore: Windows
 Can you hear the birds sing?
Catherine Percival: Wool Garden
Plum blossoms in wool - winter flowers in the cold air - almost like a haiku poem.
 Lynne Smith: Tray Cloth Quilt
The embroidery looks so elegant against the crisp white background.
Lesley Davies: Japanese Style Kimono
Look at the BEAUTIFUL sashiko, and the family crests have been appliquéd neatly by machine, such a pity the kanji writing is placed incorrectly.

Clair Crouchley: Naiad
A delight in beads, thread and stitches
Jacquie Harvey: Gift Bag and Tag
Jacquie is specialising in embroidery QUILTING, but adds few sequins for embellishment as well. This is a gift bag you don't want to put in the recycle bin!!!

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. I wish I had had more time to write but uploading the pics takes ages...

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  2. My garden elf was so jealous when he saw the beautiful embellishments on that naiad.
    Leave it to you to note the kanji lying down on the job. The sashiko was lovely though. Thanks for taking me along to that show. You know how I love to go with you.

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    1. Oh, Julie, you would have loved it. There were many quilts that you would have been delighted with.

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  3. such a variety of techniques shown here, they all are beautiful

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    1. There was a lot of variety, much more than I have shown here.

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  4. Hi Queenie, I missed the show this time and I only live ten minutes away from the NEC......
    I'm gutted really ! So a big Thank you for showing these lovely things.......
    hugs
    Chris Richards
    xxx

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    1. Well, I guess you prefer the Stitching and Knitting show, but for every year there are more and more embroidered quilts. Why not visit next year?

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  5. I didn't get to the festival this year, so thanks for sharing some of the highlights in your last three posts. Although I love the technical wizardry of Fire and Ice, and Fish at Sea, my favourite has to be Catherine Percival's Wool Garden–it's just so charming!

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    1. Oh, I am so sorry I did not take photos of the entire quilt. There were many more woolly flowers in Catherine P's garden, and they were all charming.

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  6. Thanks for taking the time to share these beautiful quilts with us!

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    1. Thank you for reading my blog and looking at them!

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  7. My favourites here are the kimono and the naiad.

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  8. Looks like it was a wonderful show! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    1. My pleasure. I just wish I had a better (quicker) internet connection, then I would have posted many more examples.

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  9. Exciting examples of embroidery, lucky you, thanks for sharing so much inspiration.

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    1. It is always interesting to see if the embroidery is for decoration or for quilting.

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  10. Thanks for sharing the images of these wonderful and inspiring quilts Queenie.I couldn't take my eyes off Kimono and fire and ice quilts :)

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    1. Those two quilts were crowd stoppers! The Fire and Ice also had a stunning back, I just wish it had been hung to show it off. Now the steward was very busy lifting the corner to show everyone.

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  11. A treat to see some sashiko.... and my favorite is the wool garden - so sweet.

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    1. The running stitch in Sashiko is an easy stitch, yet light thread against a dark background means you need to pay great attention to spacing. I take my hatt off to Lesley's even stitches.

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  12. well 3 days was not enough as I see you have managed to photo things I never saw!! Have yet to sort my photos, the red work quilt was one of my favourites, I expect because I come from the embroidery route

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    1. There are always things we (think) we never saw and then find on others' photo reports. The redwork was beautifully stitched.

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