a little more Festival and some amazing forests….

I promised to post a few more images of Festival and thought you might like to see a few of the winners.

Mettler threads, who I am thrilled to be an educator for,  is the sponsor of the Best in Show category. This year’s winner, Eloquence and Integrity was made by Ruth Parker of the UK.


and here’s a detail…..


It’s a stunning piece and two-sided. Congratulations Ruth!



Above is  “Poor and Rich” by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga, who won the Pictorial category and below The Good Life by Phillipa Naylor won in the Traditional category.


The colours are something I wouldn’t have thought of but I love the combination, I smiled every time I walked by.


The stunning quilt  below is made by Kathy Wylie of Ontario, Canada, it’s called Flourish on the Vine. The appliqué is brilliant! Kathy didn’t win anything in the judging but did take the overall Visitors Choice award for the show.




A few days after Festival closed and the clean up was all done ( or mostly done)  Edwina Mackinnon and I headed for Coles Sewing Centre in Nottingham for a Mettler day. We spent some time talking about the work we do and how we do it and then led the students in a Forest Landscape workshop. The workshop is inspired by west coast artist Emily Carr, one of my favourites.


We did lot of chatting about trees and things west coast and then encouraged everyone to create their own version. The ladies came up with some wonderful interpretations of Emily Carr’s style.





Thanks to Rose and Neil and the rest of the staff at Coles for their hospitality, we had a great day. It’s was a bit of a drive but there were some wonderful sights along the way. Sorry the image is a bit blurry, it was taken from a moving car on the motorway. No! I wasn’t driving.



Bye for now, Catherine



  1. Thank you for sharing this. I bet it is hard for Europeans to appreciate the vastness of Western forests in BC and the Pacific northwest/ Hope you had a good time.

    • Thanks Judy, we did have a great time! Space is a hard thing to define and describe…especially the kind of space we have in Canada, I took lots of pictures to show them. I think they got it!

  2. Interesting depictions of what was considered “West Coast”, especially the one with the warm colours in the 2nd to last picture. surprising because I always think of a verdant landscape rather than desert-like. Hmm, interesting.

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