Saturday, 30 June 2012

International Quilt Festival of Ireland

It has been a while since I posted anything. 
I don't know where the time is going?. 
 An International Quilt Festival was held at N.U.I.G. a few weeks ago. The University was a perfect setting and the sun was out. The displays were all over the campus, even the trees got some patchwork.                                                                                                                                
I was bowled over with the craftsmanship and ideas on display. One room you viewed the quilts with 3D glasses. I'm putting up a small selection of pictures, apologies for not naming the quilters but the exhibition was vast and I took loads of photos so was unable to keep track of them all.
 There were themed displays, The next two below were in the "chocolate" section
It is hard to imagine the time that must go into doing each quilt and the detail on some was spectacular.
Below is Ohisama (The Sun) made by Noriko Kido from Japan

 A close up of a small section of the above quilt
And anotherv section of the same quilt
Below is Sakura (Cherry Blossom) by Kumiko Funaki Japan
and LOOK at the detail
and more detail, what talented patient needle women.
There was an area with stalls selling all you needed to make patchwork. It's all so far removed from the days when patchwork was made from old clothing, now you have "Layer Cakes" "Charm Packs" "Fat Bundles" and so on. I could not resist, so with a pamphlet and 2 "Charm Packs" I could not wait to get home to make a Baby Quilt. I have it finished but I don't think I could possible show it in such good company here so I will post about it next week.
This week Galway hosts the finish of  The Volvo Ocean Race, Then we will have The Galway Arts Festival.
So much to see, pity about the weather :(
Rain, rain and more rain.

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