Tuesday, 4 December 2012

#3 Butterfly Quilt - Showing the Butterfly Quilt

It was great to eventually see my Butterflies Quilt hung up at the NEC Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.  It was also lovely to hear the kind comments that visitors made about my work.  Because of its size, I had previously had nowhere to display it where I could stand back and have a good look at it myself.  This was a great opportunity.  At the time, I lived in a three storey house, and the only place large enough to lie it out was in the garden, and then to run upstairs and look at it out of the top window.  Not entirely satisfactory.

Butterfly Quilt
'Butterflies on the Move' Quilts UK 2007
This was the first quilt I entered into a show. The NEC Festival of Quilts is the biggest show in the UK, has a vast array of styles, and the quilts are well displayed (not to mention the shopping!).  It attracts visitors from all over Europe, mainly because Birmingham International Airport is on its doorstep, and you can literally walk into the exhibition centre from there.  I enjoy showing my quilts, especially when you have spent so much of your time on them.  
The following year I entered it into the Quilts UK Show at Malvern, and was fortunate to be awarded a Judges Choice Award, from the quilter Carolyn Forster, and to win the 2007 South West Quilters Award for Traditional Quilts, which can be seen here on their website .  It also won First Prize in 2007 at the Great Northern Quilt Show, in Harrogate, in the category ‘My First Bed Quilt’.


  1. Beautiful quilt! Congrats on winning awards, as well. I know exactly what you mean about seeing a quilt hung properly and being able to enjoy it. It makes a huge difference!

  2. Frances the butterfly quilt is stunning. I too avoid solids and grey, this is my first attempt and I loving it. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. What a beautiful quilt! It's so nice that you have had a chance to see it in its full glory!

  4. I love love love this pattern! I was given some 1930's fabrics for my birthday and didn't know what to do with them. Is it a commercially available design

    1. I think it is. You can see it on Google Books, you can see the link in my previous post http://fabadashery.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/1-butterfly-quilt-inspiration-behind.html