Archive for 2014


a quilt in rudyard’s home

a quilt in rudyard’s home

By Patricia Belyea BURWASH UK  The National Trust lists Rudyard Kipling’s house as “a family home” in its promotional brochure. That designation must be in contrast with the castles and monuments in the NT property portfolio. The Kipling home, named Bateman’s, is a sandstone mansion on a 300-acre estate in East Sussex. Yesterday I toured the 16th century country house—still filled with […] read more +


karen farmer: my quilting muse

karen farmer: my quilting muse

By Patricia Belyea LONDON, UK  I saw Karen Farmer’s Jitterbug (below L) in a quilting magazine before I started on my commission Family Guy (below R). Once finished, I became so self-conscious about the similarity of our quilts that I emailed Karen in the UK to discuss my concern. Karen replied, “I am so happy that […] read more +


more art quilts at the festival!

more art quilts at the festival!

By Patricia Belyea BIRMINGHAM UK  Yesterday afternoon I stewarded at the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibit at The Festival of Quilts. With over 3000 members worldwide, SAQA offers a high level of support for the professional development of art quilters. As an emerging art quilter, I appreciate many of the benefits of the group. […] read more +


getting messy at the festival

getting messy at the festival

By Patricia Belyea BIRMINGHAM UK  Virtual Studio at The Festival of Quilts impressed me completely. It allowed the quilting public to watch textile artists at work and ask as many questions as they wanted. Leslie Morgan (top) and Claire Benn (bottom), who lead Committed To Cloth, set up the temporary wet studio at The Festival. C2C’s “real studio” […] read more +


lots to see at the festival

lots to see at the festival

by Patricia Belyea BIRMINGHAM UK  I have been getting requests to send photos of all the quilts at The Festival of Quilts. Of course, that would be impossible because there are SO MANY. So here’s a curated compilation of what caught my eye. Let’s start with the Fine Art Quilt Masters. Weathered posters and flaking paint […] read more +


fashion at the festival

fashion at the festival

by Patricia Belyea BIRMINGHAM UK  At 5pm tonight, The Festival of Quilts Fashion Show began with a glass of wine for all in the theatre that seats 400. Wendy Gardiner (L) welcomed us to the Show and Brenda Killigrew (R) emceed the exciting event. The garments, made by Festival tutors, British fashion students and designers […] read more +


let the show begin

let the show begin

by Patricia Belyea BIRMINGHAM UK  The eve before The Festival of Quilts, I happened across the opening of the European Art Quilt Foundation’s 2014 show. What an amazing opportunity for me! I met the leaders of the organization and many of the art quilters whose work is in the show. After the opening, I joined the […] read more +


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