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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.

Thursday 6 September 2012

Miniature Quilts - FoQ

Just a few of the  miniature quilts entered into the Festival of Quilts. These always attract a lot of attention,with people marvelling at the very tiny pieces.

This is "Autumn" by Hilary Drake of Basingstoke. Mainly foundation pieced from Liberty fabrics. Inspired by the colours of autumn leaves. See the extremely small flying geese!!

"Bouquet with Tudor Rose" byKumiko Frydl of Texas. Paper foundation pieced with hand silk embroidery Inspired by a trip to Hampton Court and the Tudor Rose. Third Place quilt. Just amazing...

A little wholecloth quilt - "Lord Inchinquin" by Mary Palmer of ireland. Machine quilted on silk with silk thread. Wool wadding with cotton backing. Inspired by Irish and Welsh wholecloth quilts. Quite amazing.

"View from Thorncliffe across the Roaches" by Isobel Surawy, Leek. Wholecloth machine quilted. A panoramic view of the Peak District.

While I can do "big" I don't think I could do this small! There is someting very appealing about these very small quilts, decorative but not functional.

Regarding the Best in Show "Unrest" - I have been going to the Festival of Quilts for many years - but did not appreciate how the Best in Show is arrived at - apparently it is chosen from the winners of the various classes not by the judges  but by the Patron Kaffe Fasset together with the Guild President. This year Kaffe was not available so it was chosen by the Guild President and another past president. Of course the Best in Show can only be chosen from the winning quilts and these have been arrived at by the judges using the agreed judging scheme. But I had not known how the choice was arrived at - I just assumed that the highest scoring quilt won. So, the choice is very much the personal choice of two people, neither of whom is a judge. This probably has good and bad points - you can read more in the Guild statement here:


  1. i so agree with you in regards to the appeal of these small quilts.
    the red whole cloth piece is just amazing~!!!~


  2. Loved the miniatures this year - the beautiful little piece by Hilary Drake also won the Miniatures section at Sandown Park. Exquisite! Wish these could hang in my dollshouse quilt emporium ;-)