I was so fortunate this summer to be able to go to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. I shared Linda Pumphrey's room and got to help her celebrate her birthday while we were there.
I decided to make a small quilted sketch by using the things I brought back with me. I had several tutorials while there, chances to sit and rest and learn something new.
The map fabric and the peeling paint fabric were purchased. I made the marbled fabric in a demonstration.
Hand painted felt that will melt with the heat gun. An embroidery I made in a booth.
Hexagons are very popular in Europe right now and they were prominently displayed at the quilt show. I made some from indigo materials I bought in a Japanese textile booth. Linda Pumphrey cut them for me in her Accuquilt booth, using one of their new hexagon die cutters.
I couldn't resist the hand dyed nylon scarf in rich saffron. I laid it across the entire image and sewed it down enough to keep it from shifting when I started hand quilting.
I have used the white embroidery floss in a running stitch in the manner of some of the functional quilts of India. When their quilts get very worn, they show fabrics from below which adds to their charm. I love the way the white stitches made their quilts sparkle, so I wanted to try that.
I am going to make more panels and put them together to be a larger piece. I think the theme is the richness of textiles and embellishments the world over. So far, I have Great Britain, India, and Japan represented. I have more goodies from around the world. It will be fun to dig in a treasure trove.