With just over a week to go until The Festival of Quilts we caught up with Eszter Bornemisza to talk about what we could expect to find in her gallery at festival of Quilts this year.
Q: Eszter, you spent the first 20 years of your career as a research mathematician. How and why did you make such a major jump into making quilts and textile art for a living?
A: Sewing has been one of my favo
Leslie Levy is the Executive Director of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska. We caught up with Leslie to talk about the importance of quilting, why the museum has such an impact on quilting, and what makes the Baltimore Album quilts so special.
Q: Leslie, thanks for your time today. We’re super excited to have the International Quilt Study Center
We are super excited to be joined by US artist and educator Michael James at this year's Festival of Quilts. Michael will be bringing his quilt gallery 'Constructed Textiles: New and Recent' as well as providing an unmissable keynote talk on the aesthetics of the Quilt, discussing the layers of meaning attached to quilts that are often difficult to sort.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Mi
Ahead of this year's Festival of Quilts we caught up with textile artist India Flint to find out all about her latest exhibition 'Incomplete journeys'.
Q: India, you’re a lady of many talents – an acclaimed textile artist, traveller, writer and teacher. We are so excited to welcome you to The Festival of Quilts this year. What can we expect from your exhibition, incomplete journeys?
It's official the Festival of Quilts is now an award winning show!
Last week we attended the Exhibition News Awards - which celebrates excellence in the live events industry and scooped the prize for Best Consumer Show.
The Best Consumer Show category recognises an event that has delivered a superb visitor experience, driven by creative marketing initiatives, year-on-year success, a competi
We have decided are to take the internationally acclaimed annual competition Fine Art Quilt Masters in an exciting new direction.
The Fine Art Quilt Masters category has traditionally been a celebration of quilts that transcend craft and demand equal billing with gallery quality fine art works, attracting entries from quilt artists from all over the world. We are keen to recognise the creativ
With just 2 weeks to go until The Festival of Quilts returns to the NEC, Birmingham we have teamed up with Artist Nancy Crow for a exclusive interview. Nancy tells us about her quilting journey and what her gallery will be bringing to you at this year's Festival!
1.Can you tell us how long has your art practice involved quilt making?
I started making quilts in 1970 when I liv
Check out the exclusive interview below with Quilting Legend Ricky Tims who will be joining us at this year's Festival of Quilts. Learn from the beginning how Ricky got into quilting and what he will be bringing to you at this year's Festival!
Q. Ricky, can you tell us a little about yourself? How long have you been quilting and how did you get into quilting in the fir
Breaking news, there is only 100 days left until this year's Festival of Quilts! To celebrate we've teamed up with The Quilters' Guild and have picked the brains of quilters from around the globe to bring you these 100 top quilting tips...
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It's an exciting day at The Festival of Quilts HQ today, we have just found out that The Festival of Quilts has been nominated for best consumer show at the AEO Awards!
The AEO Awards are the most prestigious awards in the events sector and we are honoured that The Festival of Quilts has been recognised as one of the top consumer shows in the country.
The other shows shortlisted for Best Con
Today has been a very good day for The Festival of Quilts team - we have been awarded first place in the best event/exhibition category in the Sew Magazine British Sewing Awards.
We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who voted for The Festival of Quilts as their winner. Last year was an amazing year for the team the show turned 15 years old and we saw more quilts than ever
It's been a busy first day at The Festival of Quilts and our highlight by far was announcing this year's Festival of Quilt competition winners.
There were 17 competition categories in total including Best In Show which was the overall winner out of all the categories chosen which went to Philipa Naylor for her miniature quilt entitled Measure for Meaure.
We are also delighted to announce tha
Add some colour and pizzazz to your home with this week's free pattern from Groves. This gorgeous wall hanging is made from fat quarters and suitable for quilters of all abilities.
Download your free pattern here.
The idea of the quilt of memories was formed when Sylvia Priest's husband was tragically diagnosed with Leukemia. Wanting to make sense of what was happening Sylvia chose to create a quilt to honour all the people who have been lost to Leukimia.
After speaking to others about this project, over 140 people got involved sending in quilt blocks with initials of the people they wished to be remembe
In this week’s free quilt pattern from Groves, learn how to make an Amish style quilt, uses traditional triangle blocks. This quick quilting project is perfect for those short on time.
This pattern is designed and created by Pat Archibald. Download your free quilt pattern here.
598 women were killed by a result of domestic violence between 2009 and 2015. That is approximately two women a week.
The Women's Quilt is made up of 598 patches, one patch for each woman who tragically died. The Women's quilt is an emotive and evocative quilt that commemorates the lives of these women and acts as a a poignant reminder that domestic abuse is unfortunately still the norm for too
In this week's free quilt pattern from Groves, master the art of dresden plate blocks with this project to create a dresden quilt.
This pattern has been designed and made by quilting pro Janet Goddard and is suitable for beginners. Download your free quilt pattern here.
The queen of colour Anna Maria Horner will be joining us for a meet and greet at this year's Festival of Quilts.
Whilst Anna may be best known for her range of patterned quilting fabrics in vibrant colours, Anna can also add designing and producing a clothing line, exhibiting her quilts and paintings in various gallery exhibitions, setting up the textile shop Craft South, penning three sewing b
In this week’s free quilt pattern from Groves learn how to make a fringed flower cushion using sew easy triangles. This pattern covers the basics of machine quilting and is suitable for beginners.
Download your free quilt pattern here.
Jo Avery is arguably one of the busiest ladies in quilting. She is the owner of craft store myBearpaw which has swiftly become a go to place for crafters in Edinburgh, you can shop for fabrics, yarn and tapestry kits as well as taking a workshops in sewing, quilting, embroidery or crochet taught by Jo herself.
When she is not there Jo can be found her displaying her quilts at one of the many qu
In this week's free quilt pattern from Groves learn how to play with colour and shape to create an eye catching spiral bargello.
This quilting project is suitable for intermediate quilters.
Download your free quilt pattern here.
Textile royalty Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably will make a popular return to The Festival of Quilts this Summer.
The creative duo who have worked together for over a decade in the Kaffe Fassett Studio, will be joining us at The Festival of Quilts for a book signing in the wake of their new releases Quilts in Ireland and Sew Artisan.
You will be able to meet Kaffe and Brandon on the Rhi
The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event attracting over 25,000 quilters from all over the world. The show is a celebration of quilting in all its forms, with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, world-class galleries of quilts from leading international makers, 350 workshops, talks and demos plus a magnificent display of over 800 competition quilts. It is the ultimate patchwork and quilting experience.
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