Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival

This week is the Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival and the featured quilts this year are from France. 
I attended a very interesting lecture given by Marie Christine Flocard on the history of Toile de Jouy. It was such a complex process and the role of women in it's production was fascinating.

Then I got to see the quilts... ohhhh they were beautiful. I had my eyeballs right up to many of them to see the gorgeous stitches. 

There were several hand pieced and hand quilted beauties. This was one of my favourites by Nicole Trollux. It reminds me of a game we played as kids called "chinese checkers". If you've played this, you will know what I mean.

Here is a close up of what the block and the quilting looks like. The texture was amazing, and I just wanted to touch all of the quilts (but I didn't cause I know better!)

If you get a chance to see the show, you will really enjoy it. For more information you can check out the updates of the festival on their facebook page - click here.
I didn't buy much at the vendors since I was mostly interested in seeing the quilts. I did pick up a silk thread recommended by Anne Marie Desaulniers, a new quilty nail file, and a needle puller that I have seen my friend Sandy use when hand quilting. I can't wait to try it out and see if I like it.
Tomorrow I will be posting my newest Scrap Squad quilt, so I hope you'll come by and take a look!


Raewyn said...

Sounds inspiring, Kathy, lucky you - and yes, I remember the Chinese Checker board just like that!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It IS like chinese checkers! Lovely!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It IS like chinese checkers! Lovely!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love the chinese checkers quilt - and yes I played that game. Let us know how you like the needle puller, I have seen others mention them on their blog but when I look at it, it seems like it would get in the way

Diane said...

I played chinese checkers, and it does remind me of that game! What a gorgeous quilt.

Janet O. said...

We still play Chinese Checkers with the grandkids now and then.
That is a wonderful quilt and I'm glad you were able to exercise restraint and not touch it. *LOL*

Kate said...

That is a gorgeous quilt, full of texture. It does look like a Chinese checkerboard.

Lisa J. said...

Thanks for sharing this photo of this beautiful quilt. I can't make it to Ailsa Craig this year so I'm glad to see at least one quilt on your blog. I'll be sure to check out your scrap squad quilt.