Festival of Quilts 2018

Thursday 9th August is the opening day of Festival of Quilts. The largest annual quilt exhibition in the UK is held at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham, slap-bang in the centre of England. Many of my friends are going and I’m excited for Viv who has taken Purple Stitches to FOQ – she’s on Stand H11.

I’ve never been to the Festival but this year I’ve sent a quilt for the first time. ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ is entered in the ‘Traditional Quilt’ category and is number FO68 in the Competition Catalogue. A friend has kindly offered to take a photo so I’ll be able to view my quilt hanging in the gallery 🙂

‘Carrie Nation Variation’ has taken up a large part of my sewing time through this year. The design grew from playing around with the traditional ‘Carrie Nation’ block on paper and then on EQ7 software. I choose to use my stash of Moda Playtime 1930s reproduction prints with a white-on-white print for the background. Of course as the design evolved I found I needed to purchase more fabric from the Moda range… So I still have a little 1930s repro stash – enough to make a cot quilt or a lap quilt maybe 😉

A bit of serendipity in the timing of a Trudi Wood feather quilting workshop gave me the opportunity to practice free motion quilting feathers all over Carrie Nation Variation. There was some unpicking (it’s no fun unpicking fmq stitches!) and a bit of grimacing as the weight of the quilt and the growing Summer heat wore me down but I had that submission deadline to meet so I kept going. The parcel went in the post with four days to spare 😀

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