Thursday 9th August is the opening day of Festival of Quilts. The largest annual quilt exhibition in the UK is held at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham, slap-bang in the centre of England. Many of my friends are going and I’m excited for Viv who has taken Purple Stitches to FOQ – she’s on Stand H11.
(Read through to the end of this post to find out about a new website for my New Every Morning blog)
I’ve never been to the Festival but this year I’ve sent a quilt for the first time. ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ is entered in the ‘Traditional Quilt’ category and is number FO68 in the Competition Catalogue. A friend has kindly offered to take a photo so I’ll be able to view my quilt hanging in the gallery 🙂 Here it is in my garden 🙂
‘Carrie Nation Variation’ has taken up a large part of my sewing time through this year. The design grew from playing around with the traditional ‘Carrie Nation’ block on paper and then on EQ7 software. I chose to use my stash of Moda Playtime 1930s reproduction prints with a white-on-white print for the background. Of course as the design evolved I found I needed to purchase more fabric from the Moda range… So I still have a little 1930s repro stash – enough to make a cot quilt or a lap quilt maybe 😉
A bit of serendipity in the timing of a Trudi Wood feather quilting workshop gave me the opportunity to practice free motion quilting feathers all over Carrie Nation Variation.
There was some unpicking (it’s no fun unpicking fmq stitches!) and a bit of grimacing as the weight of the quilt and the growing Summer heat wore me down but I had that submission deadline to meet so I kept going. The parcel went in the post with four days to spare 😀
And my BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT: My New Every Morning blog will be moving to a new site very soon. Annie and Kathy at AKP IT have been developing this for me and I’m really happy with the new look. You are invited to have a look round the new blog site – patchwork-quilting.co.uk It’s not too late to make changes so do let me know if you find anything that doesn’t look quite right or if you think something is missing. There may be some glitches to iron out, again please let us know so problems can be remedied. Try out the follow button too! Thank you!
Linking with Kelly for Needle & Thread Thursday. Kelly has made a stunning quilt top using a new collection of Kona Solids and there’s a gallery of some of the quilts from last weeks link up.
Don’t forget to click over to the new website too 😉