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Festival of Quilts 2018
The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event, attracting 24,000 quilters from all over the world. The show is a celebration of quilting in all its forms, with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies; professionally curated galleries of quilts from leading international makers; 350 workshops, talks and demos; plus a magnificent display of over 700 competition quilts.

As the ultimate patchwork and quilting experience, we set up shop at the Brother stand this year at Birmingham's NEC between August 9th-12th, and while it was a busy weekend, we had a few moments to wander around – here are some of the interesting exhibits we found.


Entitled 'Hickory Dickory Dock', this wonderful quilted Cuckoo Clock really stood out! A remarkable piece, it was made by the Burgess Hill Girls, aged 12 to 16, and  was Highly Commended in the Secondary School category. We especially like the Cukcoo peaking out from behind it's doors.


Brother VR Embroidery Machine – makes free-motion quilting a breeze

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The Brother VR is a single-needle embroidery machine that offers free motion quilting capability. For the uninitiated, this means that with a few easy adaptations (full instructions are included with the manual) you can turn this embroidery machine into a free-motion machine, letting you add stippling, free-motion quilting or free motion embroidery designs to your projects.
For me, this is a game changer! I love free-motion quilting, but it can be tricky to achieve on a home machine with a limited throat size. The unlimited space with the completely free arm gives me an extra wide bed allowing me to move the quilt around freely and really play with my quilting – an absolute must-have!


As you can see from the picture, my sewing studio is a busy place, and there’s always a lot of quilting to be done. This means I need a machine that allows my creativity to flow, but without the restrictions of a traditional machine, and thankfully the Brother VR promises that freedom.
The first time I s…