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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 5 September 2013

Traditional Quilts 1 FOQ 2013

Here are some of the quilts that caught my eye on the first morning of the Festival of Quilts. I wasn't very organised that first morning and didn't write down many details, so not all will have names, If you can help fill them in, let me know and I will add the names. (Later batches of photos will be labelled better!) It's nice to be an exhibitor and to be allowed to look at the quilts before the gates open - very quiet, and easier to take photos.

The winner of the Traditional section and also best in show - Thank You Father, by Kyoko Yamauchi of Japan.

Detail of one of the flowers- the "lace" was reverse applique with very fine stem stitching embroidery.

Andrea Strache's wholecloth quilt , Citrin, a detail only. Wholecloths are difficult to photograph, especially in the poor lighting of the NEC!

Another nice strippy quilt....this is "Swaledale" by Caroline Hewlett, of Richmond, a wedding quilt.

Album quilt in an unusual colourway...this is "African Album" by Barbara McCraw of the USA, to reflect an Afro-American Heritage. Highly Commended.

Another wholecloth - these always look striking no matter what the quilting is like...this is "Cymru Dans Montreal" by Linda Forey of Derby. Welsh motifs.

"Glistening Roses" by Patricia Cole of Hensfield

"Itsy Bitsies" by Sandra Edwards of Garsington

Detail of above quilt...

I think this is a BOM quilt -- from the Quilt Show? I know I've seen it in different colourways. Unlike the US shows, there seem to be more original designs and fewer kits of BOM quilts in the British shows. Nice colour array here, in greens and yellows. Yes, this is "Summertime" by Jeanette Orr of Holsworthy, and it is a Susan Garman BOM. Quilted on a domestic sewing machine, highly commended.

A quilt that I had been looking for - Kay Bell's Flower of Scotland,

Detail of the quilting (Kay is a longarm quilter)....

...and the use of Inktense pencils to highlight the quilted areas.

More lovely feathers.....


  1. Wow - the quilting on Citrin, the yellow wholecloth, is just wonderful! thanks for showing us.

  2. I have to say my favorite one is Andrea's. She sure is talented, The best in show is also amazing. Beautiful appliqued roses. I agree about US quilts, we are very creative. I notice also a lot of Australian quilters do more hand work. I don't know about what happens in the UK but the quilts in this show are spectacular.

  3. My photo of the Citrin quilt didn't do it justice. So thanks for that detail! There were some stunning wholecloth quilts this year.

  4. Thank you posting the pictures, Pippa! I can get an idea that way how the quilts in the traditional section looked like. The Best of Show is well deserved, what wonderful hand work. And Rose, I am happy to hear about a number of high quality wholecloths at the show.