• Nicola

Festival of Quilts 2021

Well, it was so good to be back at the NEC! Although I'd forgotten - as you do - quite how much work it is to up sticks and open my little shop at the Festival of Quilts.

Packing up shop...

The frantic to-ing and fro-ing and hurried 'hellos' of set up day never quite prepare you for the sheer beauty of the show. It always makes me catch my breath when I step into the hall the next morning.

And this isn't any ordinary year. The organisers, Immediate Live, worked tirelessly to make sure that exhibitors and visitors could enjoy a calm, safe show: wider aisles and expansive seating areas, timed entry and constant cleaning by the wonderful NEC team, ensured that everyone could enjoy the work on show and each others' company.

Before and after...

I usually take ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ but pared things back this year to keep the stand uncluttered and easy to clean. A limited number of quilts meant I was able to kit all of them and I had a lovely time arranging l