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Birmingham Festival of Quilts posted: 10/7/2004
by Ila McCallum Printable Page
Category: General Method: All Series: On the Road
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The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England August 19-22, 2004
Held at The National Exhibition Centre

When you travel 6,000 miles to go to a quilt show, it should be good, and the Festival of Quilts did not disappoint!

My husband and I just returned from a trip to England and Scotland, which started at The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. We spent one and one-half days at the show, and are still not sure we saw all of the quilts. The reason: there are over 1,000 competition quilts hung at the exhibit. Additionally, there were exhibits by quilt artists and collectors. The quilts were in all sizes and shapes, colors and textures. Every few steps brought new quilts into view, with each one demonstrating the quilters’ creativity and mastery of techniques. One had to be there to fully appreciate the quality of the quilts, the range of techniques, and the impact of seeing that many quilts at one time.

Not only were there gorgeous quilts to behold, but shopping was wonderful. There were many exhibitors whose booths were full of fabric, threads, embellishments, sewing machines, patterns, and more.

And there was more – classes on many topics were held each day in the Quilt Academy, which was upstairs from the show floor. There were also many “Quick and Easy Sessions” and even” Children’s Workshops.” There was definitely something for everyone.

The Festival of Quilts has become an annual event. The next Festival is scheduled for August 18-21, 2005. To learn more, go to their website: www.twistedthread.com

©2004 Ila F. McCallum
Ila’s Quilt Studio
www.ilasquiltstudio.com
www.thequiltercommunity.com

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