It was a great moment to see the Beautiful Quilt Display at the Festival of Quilts recently. The Festival of Quilts kindly agreed to hang the SOS Quilts to showcase the charity project to their visitors. Several of the ‘makers of the quilts’ came to visit their quilts as well as our stand. I managed to take 2 minutes out from the hectic stand to have a quick photo with some of the quilts.
Each quilt was really nicely labelled with the designers statement and inspiration for the quilt. The Festival of Quilts attracts thousands of visitors to the show each year and quilt viewing is seen as a top highlight. These beautiful SOS Quilts will have been seen and admired by many quilt lovers.
I can not thank the quilt makers enough. Each quilt must have taken many hours to make and so much love has gone into each and every one.
I managed to get a picture of all of the quilts hanging at the festival. I’m sorry about the lighting for some of these pictures. The artificial lighting at the festival makes photographs a bit tricky. Below, the wonderful Lewes Sewing Bees are proudly standing next to their ‘Libertyville Quilt’.
This Red and Blue Geometric quilt was made by Wendy Pidduck. I love the bold colours and lines in this quilt. It is so effective and is perfect for a teenage boy.
This constellation/ trailing star design using blue stars and a yellow border was made by Yolanda White. Yolanda chose the design for her quilt as it reflects the idea that we are all connected. I love the idea of the feeling of being connected to the child that receives the quilt.
This four patch green and white snowball quilt was made by Sheila Williams and was quilted by Cath Brough. The pattern was chosen to highlight the beautiful green liberty snowball corner fabric.
This Alphabet Quilt was made by Jackie Casagranda. It is a floral alphabet with Liberty borders and sashing. Jackie says “I saw this alphabet panel and immediately thought ‘Liberty’. I love the idea of making quilts as gifts and this is my 4th SOS quilt.”
This Liberty Hexagon Garden quilt was made by Dilys Wright. It was taken from a design by Pam & Nicky Lintott featured in Today’s Quilter magazine. Dilys said that “donating the quilt to the SOS project was a joy.” Thank you Dilys!
This Russian dolls quilt was made by Nan de Laubadere and came to us from USA. Nan said “I’ve always loved Russian dolls – I was hoping the smiling children in the fabric could be new friends and bring smiles and warmth to whoever would be the recipient of my quilt.”
Suzanne Campion made this Cathedral Window quilt called ‘Fly Me to The Moon’. Suzanne used 644 half square triangles in this quilt! Suzanne says that she was pleased to “give a child a wondrous hug of love in a quilt.” Wow!
Fractured Blocks in a radiating pattern below was made by Stephanie Cunnington. Stephanie was inspired by the idea that something ‘fractured’ can be put back together to build something beautiful.
Liberty Houses and appliquéd strips is based on two patterns: Houses by Camille Roskelly and Applique Strips from an Edit Sitar pattern. It’s made by Valerie McKeown who is a patchwork and quilting enthusiast. Valerie said that making one for a worthy cause such as Quilt SOS was an added bonus.
These gorgeous colourful stars on white were made by Lesley Miller from Australia. Lesley visited us at the studio when she visited the UK in the summer to personally hand deliver her quilt to us. It was such a treat to receive it and to meet her.
This lovely blue stripes quilt was made by Elizabeth Owens from the USA and was based on ‘A Quilt for Claire’ a design used to maximise the impact of each Liberty fabric.
This Dark and light oblongs quilt was made by Mary Neville. Mary made this quilt in memory of a dear Polish friend who died recently. She hopes that a child will enjoy it as much as she loved making it. She has been collecting Liberty fabrics for nearly 40 years!
This ‘Under the Sea’ Quilt was made by Rose Anderson and was made using her own design. The outlines of all of the fish are from pictures of real fish. This quilt is based on an earlier quilt made for Rose’s great nephew, Louie, who is obsessed by sharks and who loves to go fishing.
This lovely blue quilt was made using the Pennsylvanian Block (or Irish Chain) and was made by Kay Edwards. Kay wanted to create a quilt that a child would love to cuddle up in which is a lovely thought.
This lovely spice mix colour quilt was made by Julie D’Albertanson using the 3 Dudes quilt pattern ‘Flower Strip Squares’. Apologies for the terrible lighting but you can still see that the quilt is beautiful! Julie was inspired to make this quilt after reading about SOS Quilts 2017. She said that “It gave her a reason to sew with Liberty fabrics, which she had never done before, and that she liked the idea of giving her quilt as a gift to brighten a child’s life.”
This Liberty Blues Railfence quilt was made by Margaret Beale. Margaret said that she was inspired by the beauty of the fabric and that the rail fence pattern was chosen to show the fabric off to its best.
This ‘Liberated Birds’ bright 3 bar rectangle multi coloured quilt was made by Nancy Cloos Babin. The sweet birds are a lovely addition. Nancy said that she loved being involved with the charity project. Thanks Nancy.
This ‘Delft in a Box’ blue 4 patch patterned quilt with white framing was made by Angela Seabrook. I love the piano border at the top and bottom. It finishes the quilt off beautifully.
This ‘You Are A Star’ quilt was made by Bridget Thorn. It was her own quilt pattern and evolved with the fabric available. The red background was inspired by the colours of the Polish flag which is a delightful touch.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the quilts from the Beautiful Quilt Display at The Festival of Quilts. There are more to show later on in the year. The project still needs 19 quilts to be made so that every child in the village of Krasnik can receive one. Do get in touch with us if you are able to make one. See the details here. Don’t be put off by the deadline – we have a little more time. Phew!