Sunday, 30 January 2011

Quilt Festival at Ardingly

Yesterday I had the fun of going to the Spring Quilt Festival at Ardingly, just an hours drive from where we are. It was a real pleasure, interesting and inspiring. There were plenty of people there, mostly female and of a particular age range it has to be said, though gratifying to see a couple of young girls there, and I did notice the occasional man

The quilts were a mixture of traditional, traditional with a twist and a wide range of art quilts. All the pieces were rich with stitch and texture, some machine worked and some with a variety of hand stitches and embellishments, each labelled with a bit of information from the maker on what had inspired them to work in this particular way.

Aurora Borealis by Rosalie Furlong, detail

I am new to the world of quilting, and to the whole way in which stitch, fabric and time can be woven together to create such a wide range of beautiful objects. This sort of show is great for the way in which it gathers such a variety of works together so one can begin to understand what is possible. I took a raft of photos to try and capture those I found most inspiring, waiting for people to get out of the way, dodging, diving, reaching, smiling, apologising! You can find them here if you'd like to see more.

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