Festival of Quilts

I am starting to write this on the train home from FOQ on Saturday evening (using Evernote again).  I only managed to make one day this year because DS2 was expecting his A level results on Thursday (he got a disgustingly high number of A*s and a place at Cambridge!)

My favourite exhibit this year was the European Art Quilt Foundation’s, closely followed by Cas Holmes.  Els van Baarle had a quilt inspired by a map which was striking in its simplicity.  I especially noticed that there seemed to be lots of chiffon this year, floating whenever the breeze caught it, and casting evocative shadows on the walls behind.

I didn’t seem to spend so long watching the demos in the virtual studio this year; maybe this is a good sign that I’m focussing less on technique and more on strength of design… they had changed the layout of the show this year and it took a while to actually find it!

I stocked up on thread and replaced my old clapped out rotary cutter and buckled cutting mat, and got some woolly nylon thread useful for winding in the bobbin when stitching hems with a double needle on stretchy fabric.  Yes, I am enhancing my wardrobe with a comfy Vogue dress designed by Sandra Betzina.  One of my latest purchases is an ex-library book from the San Diego County Library via ABE books, Power Sewing by Sandra herself.  It looks really easy and practical to follow so I’ll let you know how I get on.  I used to do a lot of dressmaking but am hopeless at altering patterns so if a pattern doesn’t fit perfectly, unless it is really stretchy like this dress, I often end up making stuff and not wearing it.  Anyway, this is the dress – it just needs hemming but I needed some woolly nylon thread to use in the bobbin because the pattern calls for a double needle stitched hem.

vogue dress

I also met Mags Ramsay at the show, who was manning the SAQA Masters 2 exhibit and had a lovely chat: one of the best things about FOQ, I find, is the random conversations with strangers and fellow bloggers alike. 

river severn in gloucestershire

The train journey home was very picturesque – the train line runs along the River Severn from Gloucester to Chepstow.  Especially when the sun is setting…

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10 Comments:

  1. Congrats to your son! I love the dress.

  2. I do like that dress, too! Glad you had a good time at FoQ. So did I, though there was too much to see and take in on one day, and I’ve been in a heap since! xxx

  3. Wonderful results for your son – congratulations. So it’s Dreaming Spirals and Dreaming Spires!

  4. Cute dress! I envy anybody who can sew – I flunked it in school. Sorry I didn’t get to FoQ this year – maybe in 2013 or 14 I can come back and teach again. Loved seeing you in 2010. Thanks for commenting on my pieces – I still don’t know and at this point I don’t like any of them. Time to go do something else!

  5. Lovely to finally meet in person! First of many I hope.

  6. Yes, it was, Mags! Hope so too!

  7. Thanks, Rayna! LOL I flunked needlework in school too – but I started dressmaking in the 80s when I couldn’t find a dress to wear for my brother’s wedding. I’ve got loads of Laura Ashley patterns, not that they fit me now :( I even made a suit for my husband, but never again!! too fiddly…Yes, hope you will make it to FOQ again soon…

  8. Thanks, Judy! Yes, so it is… but that’s where I got the blog pun from…

  9. Thanks, Sue! Sorry to miss you… we must try and meet up soon…

  10. Thanks, Gerrie! Once I finish struggling with the wretched sewing machine over this double needle I hope it will get finished… job for today…

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