Festival of Quilts 2016 Birmingham

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This was my first visit to The Festival of Quilts at the NEC which was on from 11th to 14th August 2016.   I’m not a quilter but I absolutely love and appreciate all forms of textile art and therefor take every opportunity to visit related exhibitions (this is my third one this year!)

I took some snaps of my favourite quilts below – there were literally hundreds and I only had my phone with me (next time, I’ll definitely take a decent camera with lots of storage.)

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As you can see, quilting designs vary so much, from the traditional hexagonals (haven’t those made a massive come back recently?!) to photo realistic designs, to very beautiful abstacts.

As a bonus, I also got to meet Kaffe Fassett – I’ve been a huge admirer of his work for years.  His fabric pattern designs are absolutely exquisite.   I was lucky enough to visit his exhibition at The American Museum in Bath and it was an absolute explosion of colour.

Here’s Kaffe talking through some of his quilt collection (it includes some of his own designs and some antique quilts that he’s bought.)


The shopping opportunities at Festival of Quilts are phenomenal – I could easily have spent two days just looking at the stalls (and I get bored very easily – I don’t know where the time went, it absolutely flew by!)  I did manage to pick up some beautiful Japanese indigo fabric (inspired by the Sashiko workshop I did – that’s another post!)

Did you visit The Festival of Quilts this year? If so, what did you think of it? Which was your favourite quilt?  I absolutely loved the one the lady made of her 92 year old photographer Dad (in the gallery above).   This show is perfect for anyone that appreciates quality textile crafts – you really don’t have to be into quilting or patchwork.  It’s also excellent for picking up unusual fabrics at a really good price. See you there next year?!