? 'My Rhino'
It was interesting to get Ian's perspective - he's seen my quilts and those of my friends and been to Hever a couple of times . He loved this rhino - one of several not in the catalogue- late entries? Neither of us were struck by the 'Best in Show'. When I see pictures of quilts from FoQ, even by people I know well I often think I could have been at a different show entirely! As my taste changes and skills improve, what draws my attention now is very different to when I first started going to FoQ. Sue and I were discussing in the car coming back how so many quilts are let down by poor compositions.
Not this quiet piece by Grit Traum which was so well balanced and just the right amount of machine and hand stitch. Lovely!
Grit Traum 'Treska'
Hazel Ryder 'After Anna'
Other pieces that caught my eye because of the materials used was the apt use of velvet in these ferns and the use of stitch on Carole's 'Branching out' - red on blue or blue on red
Carole Belfield 'Branching Out' (detail)
Louise Rall 'Pots and Pans' (detail)
I'm always drawn (pun intended) to those quilts with a 'painterly' quality in stitch as with this exuberant scribble of pots and pans or with paint and stitch as is this depiction of the villages in Spain and Morocco
Jose Beenders-Klomp 'El Sur'
This photo is of the centre of the quilt - there were a couple of plain quilted borders around it which in my view did nothing for it - perhaps they were added to make it up to 1m . That rule has a lot to answer for, there were many quilts with unnecessary borders or 2or 3 pieces hanging together although there were several pieces (mainly from Europe) that were nowhere near the specified size.
It was great to see so many entries from Europe , it's definately getting more international each year.