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)

1 comment:

  1. Hello Claire, I spent one week in your lovely country and visited this Festival too. I must say I was very warmly welcomed by the Irish quilters !