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Festival of quilts 2017

This year I decided that I would take a couple of days off and appreciate The Festival of Quilts Birmingham NEC as a visitor again, after demoing last year with Mettler threads.

On Wednesday afternoon I was delighted to receive a phone call letting me know that I had won a 3rd place in the Traditional quilts category.  This category is such that if you have used a commercial pattern to create your quilt then it needs to be in the traditional category.  

I had been piecing my quilt from February this year at home in the evenings and weekends. I lost interest and was distracted with making quilted jackets over easter and then come May I was telling myself I had better get a move on if I wanted to not only finish my piecing but start to quilt it. The queen of last minute I needed it loaded for quilting by July and with only a few weekends left before the deadline I decided I just had to get it quilted after having finished the piecing.  Being so busy quilting for customers, my own work comes last and I discipline myself to only work on my personal quilts at the weekends.  Otherwise I wouldn't get anything else done!!!  So every weekend of July I was busy in my studio quilting!  Much to my families disgust with me!  I tell them it is only once a year! 

I used a pattern called Lily pond by Quiltworx and I chose a completely different colour scheme in bright ombré solids and solids

I fussy cut all of the fabric to shade from light to dark.    I'm really really pleased with my quilt as this is my most adventurous piecing project, and first quiltworx pattern involving lots of foundation piecing and curved piecing.   I thought I would challenge myself.   I have had some wonderful comments about my quilt thank you very much to everyone who looked and admired it at the show.  Especially the lovely people who told me it deserved a first place.  

I try not to be too affected by judges comments because I have learned that they do differ at times, this year was no different!  Ill save that for another post! 





Lily pond
Lily pond
Pieced and quilted by Janette Chilver
Lily pond
Lily pond
Obligatory photo in front of my quilt shows the scale
Lily pond by Janette Chilver
Lily pond by Janette Chilver
Freehand longarm quilting
Close up of freehand quilting
Close up of freehand quilting
Lily pond by Janette Chilver
Chatting to visitors at Festival of quilts
Chatting to visitors at Festival of quilts
Lovely interest in my quilt
The back of the quilt
The back of the quilt
Freehand quilting by Janette Chilver


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