My final thoughts on FOQ 2019
- Terrific displays on quilts of all shapes, sizes, levels so inspiring
- Some quilts are better than others – after all this is not a juried show and quilters have different abilities
- Some awards seem as baffling as ever and some very deserving quilts get left out
- I still believe judges are poor on colour sense
- Talking for the first time at the show was fantastic
- Jenny Doan is definitely the world’s most famous quilter
- Wonderful stands of fabrics etc and if only I could have carried it all home
- It makes you spend more than you intend – those two packs of Voysey fat quarters were irresistible
- Exhausting but exhilarating. If you were not there, why not?
- I want it to last more days and I think we need a spring and winter FOQ, once a year is not enough
Judges comments on my quilt were all that my quilting was average and piecing needs attention. One judge (you get 3) said interesting use of fabrics and circles. (It was those fabrics that caused the problems). One said I did not have enough contrast!!! As you will know if you follow my work or blog, this was not the quilt I intended to enter and a lot of things went wrong. In fact, even though I had paid the entry fee, I almost did not send it in. People’s comments have been very kind. The pattern is available now. Absolutely everything I did in this quilt was new to me. Karen Platt ‘Can’t Find My Way Home’
So what did I think was fabulous? Here are some of the ones I loved, and some that were not photographed by many others. Jeltje and Friends, Follow Your Dreams Quilt (although with slight reservations on colour). Price tag 6,000 gbp.
Nibelungenquilter Group Quilt Anna’s Birthday Roses
The truly astonishing skill of Sandy Chandler ‘Fusion’
Ditto, amazing skill of Robyn Fahy (Dogwood Daisys)
Bowled over by the piecing skills (tiny pieces) Alison Gardiner ‘Who Was Sarah Monument?’
Excellent use of colour and fabric making this one of the best bargello quilts I have seen. Maria Cosmos ‘Get With The Flow’
Joanne Holomeij ‘Slightly Blue Christmas’. Good design and use of monochrome.
I loved the use of fabric and clever quilting in this pictorial quilt. Beverly Rebelo ‘Cinderella and The Ugly Sister’
Interesting concept, I believe the transition between top and bottom needed to be more gradual. It received a Judges’ Choice. Anna Williams ‘Log Cabins In The City’.
I am still recovering, so there will be a Part 2.
Words and photos copyright Karen Platt 2019. My design copyright Karen Platt 2019, all other designs and quilts copyright of their respective makers.