Sunday, September 2, 2012

Home again

Well, that was a hectic two weeks!

The Festival of Quilts was very interesting, and I had every intention of posting whilst we were there, unfortunately, the signal was week or non existent and I could not connect to the Internet in the hotel so was unable to post anything.

We arrived at the show on the Thursday morning and parked the car far more easily than I thought as it was very busy. We went into the show and straight to the Israeli Quilters Association booth to meet Clara Kichel, the President of the guild. They were expecting us and we had a little time to walk around the show as Clara wasn't there. The show did have rather a strange and confusing layout with Quilts on display as soon as you came in the main entrance and then a big area of display booths which was put straight through the middle of the vendors, not easy to negotiate and it necessitated looking at the map provided in the catalogue, and also broke up the flow, think that is something that should be addressed personally, we found it difficult to find our way back to where we wanted to be. However, we met with Clara and then arranged to meet her for dinner that night. That gave us plenty of time to go around the show and vendors and also back to the hotel to freshen up and relax a little.

 I am posting a few images of the quilts we saw, in fact I had also seen some of these in Houston last year at the IQF. The second image is beautiful and consists of three layers of sheer fabric, each one different allowing there to be depth to the entire piece, truly beautiful.

 A display by  European Quilting Association members from the UK, These were challenge pieces.

A beautiful Miniature quilt which was had appliqu├ęd and hand quilted.

 You really needed to stand away from this quilt to appreciate its beauty, one of my favourites, the watery effect was achieved by layering fabrics and has a wonderful sense of movement.

What better in this Jubilee year than the Coat of Arms?

We had a wonderful evening with Clara and also bumped into some of our old friends from the Netherlands who were with us last year, Jeannette and Leontine. It was lovely to see them and there were hugs all round. We arranged to meet for lunch the following day, which we did and then had dessert with my Cousin's wife who was visiting the show and we had arranged to meet her too, a very busy day!!

Cathy and I with Jeannette and Leontine at lunch.

All in all, it was a successful visit and we achieved a lot. We then drove back to Cambridge that night as we had been staying with my Aunt.

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