Since we’re not allowed to travel anywhere, I have been diving into past travels via photos and video clips. This month I’ve uploaded the vlogs I filmed two years (!) after the actual Festival of Quilts that I attended in Birmingham, UK, but hey sorry not sorry. I just have the time to do a lot of editing right now, so I’m catching up and posting as I go along.

I hope you enjoy this little vlog-style view of the exhibition area of the FOQ + the free desktop background at the end. :-)

Vlog from Birmingham and Festival of Quilts 2018 by iHanna

I was walking around there mostly alone, since I was there to work in my role as a journalist, to document the quilts and some of the talks . This was when I was Editor in Chief of a quilting magazine (which I am no longer with). So I guess I really felt I needed to document a few of the beautiful quilts (there were a lot more than these ones) with friends, first via instagram stories and now with you guys. Sorry it’s late, but better late than never, right?

If you’re into quilting or anything that has to do with pattern design, fabrics, sewing, embroidery and textile – this post is for you. I do so hope it inspires you to make something.

Let me know if you feel inspired to go SEW after watching this. I know I do.

Quilt Inspiration Vlog

Some of the quilts that caught my eye when I was at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK, two years ago. It’s a kind of “Inspiration Vlog”, where I went around trying to capture as much of the beauty as I could, but alas, it’s just maybe one percent of everything I liked there.


If you can’t see the embedded video above click Artist Vlog FOQ to watch.

Shopping vlog

Looking at cute stuff + fabrics + inspiration at FOQ, Birmingham | Artist Vlog


If you can’t see the second embedded video of this blog post (for example if you’re looking at this post via e-mail as a subscriber) you can click Artist Vlog inspo to watch.

[Tweet “I feel SO inspired to quilt something – anything!”]

Here are some of the hundreds of photos I took too, ain’t it beautiful!?

Inspiration FOQ 2018 (Copyright Hanna Andersson)

Inspiration FOQ 2018

By the way, who else loves sewing notions and trinkets? I think there should be a photo book of just needle holders, threads and beautifully arranged thimbles. Maybe there is one already, or I’ll make one…

Sewing trinkets photographed by Hanna Andersson, Studio iHanna

At one of the sales booths at Festival of Quilts, where that I stayed the longest, they had a couple of tables filled with these little plastic buckets of “little things”, arranged by color!

Little bells to hang on a bag, that looked like frogs, fishes, snowmen or strawberries for example. Beads, labels, tiny bows, tiny tassels, miniature spools of thread… I was in heaven at these tables, especially the pink one.

Pink things

Oh my, if only I could pick three of each of these!

I don’t think I have ever been so overwhelmed with inspiration as I was during these few days in Birmingham and at the Festival of Quilts. I am so glad I have the video and photos to look back on, and the things I bought of course.

Wish you sew well, my dears.

Free desktop background

Free quilt desktop background If you’re anything like me, you are inspired by other’s colorful creations, right? I made some of these images into a one image desktop background that you can grab and use if you’re so inclined. For personal use only of course.

Previous desktop backgrounds here.

Further inspiration on Pinterest where I collect, to just mention a few, quilts and fabrics, colors and textile art I like.