It’s over a week ago now, but I still wanted to tell you a little about the most loveliest day my friends and I had at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. A couple of my wonderful knitter friends and I took a little day trip to visit the quilts together and it was … well, a little overwhelming, to be honest – but in the best way possible. I’ve never seen so much beautiful in one place, it was awe-inspiring. And we only managed to see a fraction of the exhibition quilts and even less of the shopping (not that we didn’t all manage to bring home a goodly pile of treats!) – but we saw enough to keep us inspired until we go again next year! It was basically the perfect day: an amazing place to visit with lovely company and, of course, shopping for pretties!
This is just a little bit of what we saw, some of my very favorites. The lighting wasn’t the best for photos and, I have to say, sometimes it was a little confusing about which quilts were photo-able and which weren’t, so I hope I didn’t get any forbidden photos. I’m also sorry to say that I don’t know the makers’ names on these – I will have to make sure I get a program next year so I can credit everything properly. Let’s just say that these were made by some pretty damn amazing quilters who have mad skillz I can only dream of.
Note: the first eight photos are miniature quilts, in a separate category of their own – each is no bigger than, say, about 9″ square-ish. I had no idea miniature quilting was even a thing, but of everything we saw, I think I took the most away from these – I see miniature quilting as having great potential as a craft for me and have stored it away as something to investigate later.
I couldn’t not stick in a photo of my treaties, could I?! Some of these are for gift quilts I’ll be starting work on today, most is just tucked away into piles for future projects I have in mind, and some is just for funsies. Until 2013!