Textile artist on the shortlist

The Quilt Quine Linzi Upton
The Quilt Quine Linzi Upton

A talented Banchory textile artist has been shortlisted for a major international prize at Europe’s largest patchwork and quilting event.

The Festival of Quilts takes place at the NEC in Birmingham in August each year and attracts more than 20,000 visitors from all over the world.

Linzi Upton will find out if she has scooped the title of Fine Art Quilt Master 2018 and £5,000 in prize money at the Festival of Quilts Awards Ceremony on August 9.

The annual Fine Art Quilt Masters competition (sponsored by Vlieseline Freudenberg) attracts hundreds of entries and is judged by a panel of leading figures from the art and quilting community.

The competition celebrates quilts that transcend craft and demand equal billing with gallery quality fine art works.

Linzi’s entry, Domestic, is a reflection on the position of working class women - domestic servants and factory workers - in the last century who produced, made or looked after linens.

The mother-of-three is known as the Quilt Quine.

A primary school teacher, Linzi has exhibited in the UK, the Netherlands, Hungary and the USA.

She is best known as the creator of Quilted Yurts andfollowed this major project with a series of metallic Norse quilts, a Quilted Coracle and Smart Car cover.

Meanwhile, the Festival of Quilts is a feast for the senses with more than 750 hung competition quilts on display and nearly 30 quilt galleries featuring spectacular work by internationally-acclaimed artists and groups.

Other highlights include an extensive workshop programme led by top UK and international tutors, talks, lectures, and demonstrations.

There is a full social programme including the festival awards ceremony, dinner, fashion show and An Audience with award-winning US quilter, author and musician Ricky Tims.

Also the Creative Textiles Studio featuring quilt makers will be in action in a live studio environment, and more than 300 textile craft suppliers.