Possibly the most eccentric (even the most bonkers?) section of the FOQ competition displays is the category called 'Quilt Creations' - and I'm always drawn to it first. What does that say about me?
|Faux taxidermy by Judith Anderson|
And opposite? A lampshade? Yes- but what a lampshade and what a coat below.
And over there is a garden bench - again with a book explaining the story.
|Diaghilev Comes to the Party by Sally Hutson|
Complete with an explanatory story, which I sat on the floor to read.
Ok, even the story asks the question. Is it quilting? Frankly, does it matter when this is so joyful? A bench, full of family history reincarnated at the NEC.
|Take a Break by Ulrike Tillmanns|
|Naiad by Claire Crouchley|
And more garments - this one with a darling little bag.
|Citrinesque by Kathy Knapp|
And finally, the winner from this category - a rather bonkers clock. But overwhelmingly eccentric and beautiful.
Thanks to Linda Kemshall for the photograph (you can see her blog here) - there was always too much of a crowd around when I tried to photograph it.
|Clock by Kate Crossley|
There were other lovely entries to this category - how to choose which to share? Difficult but these stick in my memory.