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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Festival of Quilts 2013

Today was the start of the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. 
I entered my Klosjes quilt just because I hadn't entered anything here for quite a few years. After all the heartache of making this quilt it was a nice feeling to see it hanging.
At one point I saw a lady making notes whilst she was standing in front of it and decided to tell her it was mine. She seemed pleased I had told her as she went on to explain that she will be putting on an exhibition some time in the future and would possibly like to use it . 
We exchanged email and she wrote on my competition catalogue. To my utter surprise it was Tracy Chevalier.
She is the author of several books and the most famous one being 
The Girl With The Pearl Earring.

She told me a little about her latest book The Last Runaway which is about an 
English Quaker who emigrates  to the USA and that she is a quilter. 

Tracey then went on to show me her Ohio Star blocks she has been making and
through her research In Ohio she has now been drawn into the quilting world. 

I've only seen the film of The Girl With The Pearl Earring. I loved the film especially 
as Colin Firth is the main male character.
I'm  going to be ordering The Last Runaway as reading the reviews sounds 

Will be back with some quilty photos over the next few days. 



  1. You quilt is lovely Sue. I love the fact that you have different sized plain areas, it works so well. I'm not surprised TC liked it enough to make notes!

  2. What a great meeting! Loved her books and glad to hear she is becoming a quilter. Your quilt looks wonderful...

  3. How exciting for you! Hope the exhibition works out for you. I have never been in the UK in time for the Birmingham Festival. We always seem to be there just before or just after. :-( I have been to the one in Epsom though a couple of times. Great fun.

  4. It was a lovely surprise bumping into you yesterday but i wished i had found your quilt so i could have seen it properly. I obviously wasn't looking in the right place. What an interesting moment you had and how exciting for you.

  5. WOW . I love the way you made the quilt, the borders really make it GREAT.

  6. Congratulations.... it is a beautiful quilt, so now wonder she stopped to take a close look at it and want to use it later.

  7. Lovely quilt Sue! and what a great story. Amazing that you were there at the moment she turned up and were able to chat with her - so exciting!

  8. Ha sometimes it pays to speak up Sue! Well done!

  9. How cool is that?! I'm so glad you told her it was your quilt.

  10. Gorgeous quilt Sue, I did see it at the NEC and you can be proud! Nice to hear it will be in future exhibitions, must keep an eye out for that.

  11. How exciting to meet Tracy Chevalier! She is my favorite writer. All her books are great, but I loved "Virgin Blue". Thanks for posting all these beautiful quilts, and giving me some much needed inspiration!