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Festival of Quilts - Part 2 competition quilts and shopping

Before I talk about any competition quilts it need to start with a little soapbox moment. Festival of Quilts is a huge show, and it is the work from everyday quilters, whether they have all day and two huge spare rooms at home to sew, or just a corner of the sofa on a Sunday afternoon, that really make it an event. It can be quite nervewracking entering a quilt, something I have to confess I haven’t done since 2010 (I think years seem to roll by these days). So to everyone who evertered a quilt, thank you.

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Festival of Quilts 2019 - Part 1, the galleries

After a busy couple of months I was on the fence about going this year. I have been every year since, ooh maybe 2006/7 and had last year off and it went fine. I thought I would get a huge fear of missing out but it was alright mooching at home looking at others’ highlights on Instagram. In case you do not know FoQ, it is the largest UK quilt show and happens annually in the summer over four days at the NEC in Birmingham. It features a huge range of work, has ample shopping opportunites and workshops and lectures. It can swing from overwhelming, to inspiring to expensive (oh, the shopping area if you struggle with self-control). So this year, about two weeks before the show I decided I was going to try and lift my quilt mojo which has been a bit off lately, and arranged to meet my friend Wendy there who has recenltly relocated from Brighton to Sheffield.

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Festival of Quilts 2017

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.

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