Last week my friend Helen contacted me and asked if I had any plans for weekend - well apart from a trip to London on the Sunday with Alice and Mr F to see "Dirty Dancing" at the Piccadilly Theatre (the final part of my BIG birthday celebrations!!!), I was free on the Saturday, so we made a plan to go together to the Autumn Quilt Festival at Duxford, in Cambridgeshire. There was a large display of quilts, (there are so many more quilts on display here than when the festival was held at Chillford Hall which sadly burned down last year) and it was really hard to pick one that was my favourite so I've chosen TWO favourites and here they are. Firstly this bright and beautiful appliqued quilt, called "All Things Bright And Beautiful" which was made by Elizabeth Bulbeck, Cornwell. This really is bright!!...
...this shows a close-up of the needle-turn applique and the beautiful hand quilting too - it really is fabulous! I've never really mastered hand quilting, but I can really appreciate the amount of work that went into quilting this - it's an absolute work of art, and the applique is really ...
...and secondly, this absolutely stunning "New York Beauty" quilt made by Sue Davies, Buckinghamshire - I have wanted to make one of these quilts for a very long time, and this has inspired me to make one even more than ever!! I have never tried foundation piecing, and as soon as one of these classes is on at my local quilt shop I'll be the first to book a place!!...
...here are a couple of close-ups to show the incredibly precise foundation-piecing and also the beautiful free-hand machine quilting. (Click on the pictures to enlarge them- this work is stunning - Sue if you're reading this you are a VERY clever lady). Ohhhh if only I could make a quilt as beautiful as this!...
...as you can imagine, there were also lots of wonderful stalls selling all sorts of wonderful fabrics and threads and fabrics and patterns and fabrics - well I'm sure you get the idea!! Anyway, I'll take some photographs of my shopping at the weekend and share on my blog then! And I didn't QUITE spend out - I needed to save a few pennies for my trip to London the following day!
Blogs I follow
These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.