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I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.

Monday, 23 August 2010

FoQ 2010

Karin and Alexander Hellaby (of Quilters Haven, Wickham Market)
Hawaiian quilt from afar at FOQ

A Raffle to win a pennant...

The finished Allendale stall - two north country quilts plus two Welsh quilts on the table

Filming at the V & A stall for Twisted Thread

The V & A stall, where the cute trolleys had sold out by Saturday, and where price adjustments were welcomed by some and infuriated others...

Jane Rollason and Michel - the Welsh quilts were off to her Exhibition in the Heart of the Vineyards - 18/19 September 2010.

Susan Briscoe and her lovely Japanese fabrics

An example of a kimono and obi using Susan's fabrics

Welsh quilt made of dyed fabrics, by Hazel Ryder - made to celebrate 25th wedding anniversary

The Hawaiian quilt

Hanging the Allendale quilts

I've returned from the Festival of Quilts - four days plus half a day to set up - and really enjoyed it - but more work than I had envisaged. And unlike many others, I didn't have to sell anything or teach! But, I really enjoyed talking to everybody about the antique quilts.

I arrived on Wednesday afternoon - the main problem was getting the two quilts hung -it didn't take long once the team had arrived. The table was a bit nasty looking and I had not brought a cloth to put on it - but I decided to fling the turkey red Welsh quilt over it and that worked well. I had brought the Welsh quilts to hand over to Jane Rollason and I was able to drape a Welsh quilt over the table each day.

Most of the interest centred around quilt marking methods, how long did it take you?, where I had gotten the quilt, how to wash quilts, tracing quilt designs and quilting in a frame.

I was also pleased to see that my Hawaiian quilt looked very good when hung and had arrived safely. The traditional category covered a lot of quilts, some more traditional than others; it was noticeable that none of the winning quilts were hand quilted. As Lilian has noted, a truly traditional quilt scores low on creativity so has a lesser chance of winning.

I was pleased to read the judges comments (always food for thought) one said "great visual impact, excellent applique, well quilted" while the other said "very well executed and excellent hand quilting". This year and the two previous years, the edge treatment has not been marked as high; I know that I could get it really right but as I'm still working I just feel I don't want to spend my time in that way. It was also interesting to note that, as the ventilation was so fierce at the NEC, by the final day almost all the quilts had rippling edges - luckily they were still OK when they were being judged on the first day!

I include some photos but I didn't take too many! The artificial light doesn't seem to work too well with my camera - or perhaps I had the wrong setting....

At the end I was a bit worried about collecting the Hawaiian quilt and also taking the Allendales down. I had no Phillips screwdriver to unfasten the battens from the display boards - but a couple of hard, swift pulls on the battens was enough to bring them down safely (made me feel like a real action woman). The quilt collection was the usual chaos - but I was able to collect the quilt and leave by 6 so was home at 9.15.

I did wonder on Saturday whether my voice would last - I am not used to talking so much!! Very pleased at meeting everyone and startled that there are so many who read (and apparently enjoy) this blog. My main aim was to promote antique British quilts - I know that they're not everyone's cup of tea - but think that I succeeded, together with the museum stall which had a nice selection of wholecloths. Well worth doing.


  1. Hi Pippa,

    It was great to meet you at the show and drool over your quilts just a bit. Val Shields & myself had a good look on Thursday morning when no one was around plus again on the wine delivery.

    I didn't get to see any competition quilts until Sunday. The Hawaiian looked lovely. I started with the traditional section in case I ran out of time. Lilian's point re traditional quilts marking was interesting but I do think in a traditional section points could be allocated for how well a piece interprets a tradition as well as for ideas of creativity - at least, when I find a traditional piece when I'm judging (under Grosvenor's system) that's how I regard the 'design' aspect. I'm not an expert on many quilting traditions but I try to learn something about them to help me out.

    Alas I can't claim that obi was one of my fabrics - April tracked it down via a Japanese website. It has a modern design but goes well with the kimono!

    Wishing you good quilt show recovery .

  2. Hi Pippa, I was lucky enough to go to the FoQ yesterday. One of my favourite quilts was your Hawaiian applique! Ros

  3. Your stall would have been a wonderful resting place for eyes and brain .... simply beautiful.

    Judy B

  4. Hi Pippa,
    It was lovely to meet you on Friday. I love to read your blog and love the traditional quilts you show. I appreciate all the skill and hard work that goes into making Art quilts but for me tradition wins hands down all the time. I love the feel of something hand quilted, it is so much softer and more drapable. Your Hawaiian quilt was wonderful. Keep up the good work.

  5. Thank you for your wonderful post and I particularly like your Hawaiian quilt. I am sorry that we could not be in the UK to see your other wonderful quilts At FOQ and congratulations on your efforts to keep traditional style quilts out there.

  6. That looks like a fantastic show. Your quilting hanging looked beautiful!!