September 13, 2010
Brighton to Birmingham: Twisted Threads Festival of Quilts
One last Brighton delight
fresh English strawberries, rich whipped cream
and melt in your mouth ,
light as a feather meringue.
Then on to Oxford, with a personal heritage and Harry Potter tour by
long time friend and newly appointed professor, Lauren.
The Oxford architecture inspires stitchery,
One more train ride to Birmingham and the Twisted Threads Festival of Quilts show.
There was a multitude of greetings and Guild information stations.
and open concept classrooms.
Vendors also provided immeasurable education.
This was the Victoria and Albert Museum booth
where I picked up wonderful Liberty reproductions fat quarters and notions.
The Rowan / Westminister booth featured
quilts from the new
K Fassett book Simple Shapes
and Amy Butler inspiration.
Colour was everywhere, both hand dyed and
The quilts that caught my eye were largely contemporary.
I was delighted to see lots of yoyos in use .
There was plenty of lovely subtle traditional design and colour,
shadow quilting trapunto,
and luxurious Welsh and contemporary whole cloth quilting on satin.
Vendors’ quilts and fabrics were largely traditional , neutral and soft .
Exhibits were highly innovative.
including a Barbie dresses quilt!
I was very taken by the ethereal
and the fascinating play
There were numerous
including sections and exhibits for children.
Artists and authors like Margaret Beal gave demonstrations of their techniques
and had great products for sale.
There were many fanciful quilts
and personal interpretation,
such as Istanbul Townscape by Gillian Travis
and the fanciful political work of
I was also drawn to the dyed pieces.
Judy Hooworth‘s work was particularly powerful.
I cannot find my reference note to this piece, but it was the show stopper.
With only 6 hours to take it all in , it was hard for me to sit and rest too long!
But great 3 d pieces were beckoning,
One last look at some lovely French fabric
On to Norway
home baked cardamom buns
and great Norwegian coffee and hospitality!