Festival of Quilts: virtual tour

Alexandra Kingswell quilt

Did you make it to this summer’s Festival of Quilts here in the UK? We were lucky enough to spend a few days at the show (the quilts! the fabrics! our extended quilting family!). We’ve included a few of our favourite quilts here for you…

Festival of Quilts Lou Orth HSTs quilt

Lou Orth rocking the Half Square Triangles + ombre colour combo!

E039 Lisa Hofmann-Maurer Sew What You Love

We have so much love for so many elements of this design by Lisa Hofmann-Maurer. All the curves!

G057 Paula Steel paula_sewyellow

Paula Steel’s rich, muted tones and mid-Century vibes.

G082 Mary Palmer Modern Quilt winner 4

Irish quilter Mary Palmer scooped the winning Modern Quilt award with bold stripes of colour and quilted lettering.



Alexandra Kingswell 3

Alexandra Kingswell’s exhibition (above and main image) was a masterclass in the light and tonal effects you can achieve by patchwork fabric choices!

Aurifil Great British Quilter threads 2

We got to browse the shopping stands too and stumbled upon the Great British Quilter collaborative quilt on the Aurifil stand. This design shows off Aurifil’s brand new matching thread collection from Sarah Ashford Studio, Charlie Mankin and a collection of our favourite designers!

K048 Naomi Clarke

Naomi Clarke’s Mini Tula Flowers was one of the many awesome miniature quilts that we marvelled at.

G092 Rebeccal Bell

Oh how we love this grey + geo stars combo in Rebecca Bell’s ‘Do you See Me Now?’ quilt.

G094 Charlie Mankin Curled 3

Charlie Mankin’s ‘Curled’ – inspired by Franco Grignani’s design to show how much movement you can achieve in a quilt!

I053 Jo Avery and Tatyana Duffie

Jo Avery and Tatyana Duffie go bold and bright with ultra Pickle Dish quilt blocks.

Sophie Zaugg quilt

Sophie Zaugg’s Eclat quilt won third place in the Contemporary quilt category. Photo © Sophie @lunalovequilts

Sewmotion quilt

Louisa Goult used hand piecing, appliqué and quilting to  create her show-stopping Rainbow Rings quilt.

Do Not Touch signs

The competition quilts were something else as always but can we take a moment to shout out to this year’s mini quilts that graced the competition aisles? Reminding visitors not to touch the quilts in different languages, each mini quilt had a different design – they were too cute!