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.