When I showed you the winning quilts of the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham (here) there was the quilt 52° 32′ N 04° 03‘ W by Laura Kemshall of England. This quilt won the challenge “At the Beach” issued by the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles.
As the quilt is almost 4 1/2 yards or 4,30 metres long and 1 yard or 1 metre high it was difficult or almost impossible to take a picture. It is also not hung straight but in a curve to mimic the panoramic view of the beach scene.
What you don’t see when you look at a photo of the whole quilt is all the marvellous details.
The quilt ist printed from a photo but was quilted before the printing process. More than 250 hours of stitching went into this quilt.
This beach is where Laura Kemshall spent many wonderful holidays. Quilted words and phrases recall these vacations.
You can even see quilted lace. This is to honor Laura’s ancestors because the Kemshall’s were lacemakers.
This quilt was a real showstopper at the Festival of Quilts, not only because ot its beauty and its originality but also because of the execution which is done so expertly.
Click here to read Laura Kemshall’s post about the development of this quilt from the idea to the finished piece.
If you ever have the chance of seeing this quilt in person – don’t miss it!