Can't believe it was nearly a month ago, but I have now finally downloaded the pics from Festival of Quilts. I ummed and ahhed about going this year, having attended been every year since 2007 and working the last two, I thought that maybe it was time to have a break. However, with a definite FOMO I booked a hotel the week before and nabbed a couple of free entry tickets off my friend Sara. I mentioned I was going to one of our other friends, Wendy, and she was up for a road trip. She knows the Knitting and Stitching shows well, having taught classes and sold dressmaking patterns from her own stand. However, being someone who stitches that stuff you wear, rather than wall hangings and bed coverings, it was her first FoQ. In fact, the last time she was at the NEC it was for The Clothes Show Live, which led to us wistfully talking of a time when there was an intelligent programme on TV about fashion.
Anyway, we decided to make a weekend of it, so planned to do the NEC on the Saturday then stop somewhere off the M40 on the way home on Sunday.
With only six hours at the show, I made a plan; competition quilts, galleries, then shopping.
As usual, there were lots of gems in the competition quilts. I love the variety of quilts, even within each category there are such different quilts. The galleries were good, with a wide variety of styles, so something for everyone, whatever floats their boat. I did some shopping, but was disappointed not to get the sashing fabric I intended to buy. At 5.20pm, in a panic, I bought some other fabric that I am very happy with, but not sure what I am going to do with it yet. Much better than going home empty handed though!
Here are some of my favourite quilts from the day: