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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…

The Festival of Quilts

Nearly a week since I got back from FOQ and haven’t had time to post!  I’ve been busy helping with crafts at my church’s holiday club for primary school age kids, and packing to camp (WHAT was I thinking!!!) at the Greenbelt Festival this weekend in Cheltenham.  I am going with just DS3 and we’re travelling by train so everything needs to be packed really scientifically.  I don’t do methodical packing at all.  At least the weather forecast is looking okay but I’m still taking my walking boots after all the rain this week…  Unless I can find a pair of nice flowery wellies in town this afternoon.  Highly unlikely.

Anyway, back to FOQ.  I had a wonderful time!  I diidn’t take many photos because I wanted to concentrate on actually looking at the work.   I went to six lectures over 3 days, mostly artists talking about their work, which was fascinating to watch and listen.  Elizabeth Barton showed us the progression of her work over the last few decades, Susan Shie talked about the background behind her quilts and what was going on in her mind and her life (and the life of the US as a whole) as she made them.  Pauline Burbidge talked us through her year juggling her studio quilts and quiltlines businesses. It was great to be able to go and view their exhibitions  and chat to some of them after listening to what they had to say about their work.

A bit highlight for me was meeting so many people who I know online either from Yahoo groups or via this blog or Facebook.  So many I missed meeting too!

I had an all too brief meeting with my Artful Dodgers friends between two lectures:

meeting with friends at FOQ 

From left to right, Sue of The Magic Armchair Traveller, Gill of An Elegant Sufficiency, Paulene Cattle, Mags of Digital Gran (who I met for the first time), Helen of Textile Goddess, Carol of Textile Tales and Maggie of Stitching with Schnauzer and Siamese.  I met Helen a few more times and had a good chat over coffee on Saturday but sadly the others were only in Birmingham for the day.  Myfanwy of Winifred Cottage was also at the show but hard at work on her stand. 

I also met Rayna who blogs at Studio 78 Notes – Rayna was teaching a 3 day masterclass and I managed to catch her at the very end.

Me and Rayna at FOQ

I have been reading Rayna’s blog ever since she started blogging, I think, and it was wonderful to actually meet her at last. 

Another blogger I met was Marlis Egger of Textileartand…  Sadly we didn’t get a photo but kept on bumping into each other throughout the 3 days, as I did with Stephanie Pettengell, who I got to know on the 3 day class I attended last time I came to FOQ (was it really the last time?).

I also enjoyed meeting Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan of at the Virtual Studio and bought their last two books, Screenprinting and Thermofax Printing of Committed to Cloth and spent quite a lot of time there!  Here is Leslie screenprinting:

Leslie Morgan screenprinting at Virtual Studio

I’ll save my purchases for the next post once I’ve taken a few photos.  Not so many of them for once!

Magazine Article on Print Gocco!

Sorry for any confusion regarding my posts at the present! I’m not actually on holiday still, but I wrote them when I was so I’m posting them just as I wrote them ….

A few months ago I wrote an article for the Computer Textile Design Group magazine, Design It and it has recently been published. The CTDG is a UK based organisation which was started by the embroiderer Valerie Campbell Harding for people who use the computer in textile design. My article is about using the Print Gocco to create unframed thermofax screens to print on fabric with a squeegee. From manipulating the original image on the computer to making the screen, to printing it. So if you’re a member, look out for it! I haven’t seen it yet but it’s my first ever magazine article so I’m pretty excited about it!

I have a second article coming out in the next magazine too!

Finally, I’m going to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham tomorrow and am hoping to meet a couple of online friends who are exhibiting there. Woo hoo!

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