Thursday, June 14, 2012

International Quilt Festival of Ireland

 I spent last Saturday up in Galway at the 1st International Quilt Festival of Ireland (IQFOI). Wasn't sure what to expect from this exhibition, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.



Spotted my hand block in amongst the Cead Mile Failte Quilt panels.


Most of the quilts were very traditional, so hopefully at next year's exhibition there might be some more contemporary quilts.

There was a lovely exhibit of Antique Irish quilts which was very interesting and informative, unfortunately no photo's were allowed in that hall.


Think the dates for next year's exhibition are the 7-9th June 2013, so I'm sure there will be more entries and different exhibits then.

Lolipop Queen by Svava K. Egilson (Iceland)

Touched by Michelangelo by Donata Gervasi (Switzerland)



Some graffiti spotted in NUIG


I spent way too much money shopping, especially once I found Irish tweed for sale!

It was interesting to see how different the quilts are from other countries, there are differences in the use of colour and fabric choices.



My favourite quilts at the exhibition though, were the Japanese quilts which were entered in the Patchwork Promises exhibition (round robin quilts ).


Ohisama (the Sun) by Noriko Kido (Japan)




Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Crossroads

Recently finished this small quilt which I made for the EQA Crossroads Exhibition.


I handed the quilt up to the EQA rep. at last Friday's Mid-West Branch meeting, and will find out later if it gets selected as one of the 10 EQA quilts from Ireland.

I've also started a quilt-as-you-go log cabin quilt based on the quilt in the Japanese book "Patchwork Style" by Suzuko Koseki. At the moment I'm just using scraps from my scrap basket to make the blocks. I went through my scrap basket and separated out the lights and darks I'll need for the quilt - had a lot more usuable fabrics than I thought.

Have 3 blocks finished so far, which are taking me a lot longer to finish than I thought (because of all the quilting involved) but at least when they're done that's it, no more quilting!