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A stitch-up in August

June 2017

cutting pieces of coloured fabric

Quilting and patchworking is hugely popular these days and gives a unique opportunity to play with great colours, textures and patterns to create very individual items.

So LaterLife readers might be interested in the new Festival of Quilts 2017 which is taking place from August 10th to the 13th at the NEC Birmingham this summer.

The event is expected to attract well over 20,000 visitors from all over the world and really will cover all aspects of quilting and patchwork and provide tips, ideas, supplies and workshops for everyone from real beginners to total professionals.

This year the Festival is featuring over 1000 quilts and their quilt galleries will feature the work by internationally-acclaimed artists including Sustaining Momentum; Diana Harrison: Traces In Cloth; Bonnie Smith: Swimming Upstream and Frydl Kumiko: Miniature Art; Grand Designs.

Other artists exhibiting work at The Festival include Brigitte Kopp, Cherry Vernon-Harcourt, Els van Baarle and Cherilyn Martin, Jean Wells, Martine Apaolaza, Susan Denton and Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Artist groups include Through Our Hands, Art Quilt Fusion, the European Quilt Association, the Modern Quilt Guild and SAQA.

There will be lots to do at the Festival including:

Shopping
- over 300 specialist patchwork and quilting suppliers offering essential supplies.

Workshops - talks, lectures and demos - 350 textile workshops, talks, lectures and demonstrations from leading lights of the quilting world. There will be over 50 different one-hour workshop sessions and demonstrations running every day of The Festival, covering an exciting and diverse range of patchwork, quilting and other stitching, dyeing and printing crafts. Advance prices for workshops start at £6.50 per session (+£1.50 booking fee) and include all materials. Download The Quick & Easy Workshop Programme timetable.

There is also a Quilt Academy Programme (being run in association with Groves). This has a packed schedule of 3-hour, 1 day and 3 day classes plus several ‘early bird’ classes on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th August, ranging from free motion stitching, Pojagi and invisible machine applique to mixed media, fabric origami and shibori. Tutors include Christine Chester and Brunhilde Scheidmeir. Advance standard price tickets start at £7.00 (+£1.50 booking fee) with additional costs for materials as set out in the programme.

Other interesting aspects include:

  • Competition quilts – over 700 stunning competition quilts on display, from traditional to contemporary, miniatures to wearable quilt art.

  • Creative Textiles Studio – several working artists demonstrate a range of colourful creative techniques in situ each day.

  • The Festival Theatre (in association with eQuilter) hosting the quilt competition Awards Ceremony, talks, lectures and demonstrations by leading quilt artists and experts and the new for 2017 quilting quiz.

  • Lively after-hours social events programme – including The Festival of Quilts Dinner hosted by quilting enthusiast and ex Sewing Bee Stuart Hillard, Designer Supper with quilt artists Els van Baarle and Cherilyn Martin and visit to The Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar.
Find out more about It all at thefestivalofquilts.co.uk or by calling 0844 581 1289.
Advance tickets cost £15.00 (concessions £13.50) with a wide selection of options available.



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