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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.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Winners at FOQ

Here are just some of the winners at the Festival of Quilts:

" Hot Africa" winner of Pictorial Quilts by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga. Hand dyed (but not painted) cotton and silk which were free motion quilted. A very large quilt of which this is only one portion. Inspired by a photo taken in Kenya during the dry season. A spectacular quilt, with lovely workmanship.

Best in Show and winning Contemporary Quilt - "Octopussy"again by Janneke de Vries-Bodzing who had a very good show!! Hand dyed cotton and silks with fabulous free machine quilting. A very attractive quilt.

The first prize miniature - Blue Like a Wedgewood by Kumiko Frydll of Texas. Kumiko also made last years best of show but unlike last years quilt, this one is not pieced but entirely machine quilted, with trapunto. The blue background is formed by the blue quilting thread. The thread and quilting stitches were exceedingly fine, making me wonder exactly what needles and thread she used!

Kumiko being interviewed by Bonny McCaffrey. Look out for Bonnie's free vidcasts on her website.

The winning Traditional Quilt - Hearts Desire by Deborah Kemball of London. Hand applique, hand quilting and hand embroidery. Last year, none of the winners in the traditional class were hand sewn - this year the tables were turned. This one is all hand sewn - beautiful colours and beautiful workmanship.

A detail of the quilt,

Winner of the group quilt class - Mere Kats, had everyone in stitches with its references to the "Compare the market" television ad.

Andrea Stracke's strippy quilt - Anglesit. A beautiful strippy with lovely designs and very small quilting stitches. Perhaps Andrea will tell us how she achieves such small stitches? In a soft butter yellow fabric with cream, and very thin wadding.

Detail of Andrea's quilt which won third prize in the Traditional section.

More lovely quilting patterns on Andrea's quilt.

I have more photos to show, just a random selection of quilts that caught my eye at the Festival of Quilts.


  1. Thank you for sharing these quilts.

    The African inspired one is beautiful-such texture! My favourite.

    Sft x

  2. Thank you for posting the pictures, Pippa! I really feel honoured...
    Regarding your question how I achieve small quilting stitches: this is really a matter of high quality material. I love to use low loft battings and fine woven fabrics. Not every fabric allows me to do such small stitches - but the fabric for the strippy was just perfect. I don't use the running stitch, I do single stitches - but not stab stitching. The needle always stays on the top of the quilt. And of course it's a lot of practice!

  3. OH Pippa what amazing quilts, I LOVE the Strippy quilt just beautiful. I have a thing for yellow! her quilting is amazing, I see from her comment she does one stitch at a time wow! I am even more impressed.
    The hot Africa quilt is amazing would love to see the whole quilt...and well the winner Hearts desire is just beautiful...the red is just so stunning
    thanks for sharing with us....
    made my morning already!

  4. maybe you could ask Andrea what high quality material she used, a specific brand of solid fabric company she buys I would love to know
    I am planning on making quite a few solid quilts and yes hand quilt them
    this would help me!

  5. Thanks for sharing. These are amazing and inspirational.

  6. I got to see Octopussy at AQS Grand Rapids 2012. I just about fell over, I loved it so much. I could hardly tear myself away from it. Wonderful work!