Well! There it is! My quilt hanging in the exhibition hall at Malvern:
I traveled to Malvern on Saturday in the good company of quilting ladies from North Hampshire Quilters. The coach journey takes about 2 hours following a route from Hampshire through Wiltshire and up into Gloucestershire. The countryside looked so lush after the recent rains and between the showers the air was beautifully clear. Here are a few snaps taken through the coach window:
I’ve been to the Spring Quilts UK show four or five times so the venue is comfortably familiar and the exhibition is laid out the same way each year – many of the traders have the same booth space from year to year. I had a little shopping list and managed to find most of the notions and fabric I was after – and a few extra items besides 😉 Including a spotty layer cake and the backing for the heart quilt 🙂
Did I enjoy seeing my quilt in the exhibition? Yes! I did! Not so much a feeling of pride in the quilt itself more a real sense of pleasure in achieving the goal. I am full of criticism of my quilt – both in the design and in the uneven density of the quilting. But I won’t bang on about that! The whole project has been a great learning experience, not only in designing and free motion quilting but also in the logistics of entering a quilt into a national show. It’s been a great venture in my year of VENTURE.
Quilters are a friendly bunch; get a whole host of us together at a show and there’s bound to be plenty of warmhearted interaction. At lunch time I joined a group from NHQ who were sheltering under the protection of a large umbrella at a picnic table , sharing news of our purchases; by 2pm I was gasping for a coffee and much in need of another sit down, there were no free tables in the little dining hall but a mother and daughter were happy for me to share with them and we had a good chat about our journeys and our patchwork. A while later I got chatting to a lady who had been recently bereaved and had joined a coach trip on a whim with no knowledge of patchwork and quilting. We took a tour of some of the quilts on show, discussing the piecing techniques used and having a close look at the differences between machine and hand quilting – I do hope she left the Show feeling less confused than when we first met!
Here is the winning ‘Gardener’s World’ quilt by Moira Neal – it was also the overall Show Winner and achieved a judges rosette for the fabric painting too.
And here are just a few of the other quilts that caught my eye as I wandered round… The standard of workmanship was quite breathtaking – especially the applique, hand quilting and free motion quilting.
You can see more of Sandi Lush’s handiwork here. Incidently Malvern is a stones throw from the English/Welsh border so lots of the voices I heard through the day had the lovely, musical Welsh lilt.
A last glimpse of the Malvern Hills as we began our journey home:
And so to bed…
Linking with Beth for Main Crush Monday. I’m counting on my first time having a quilt hung at a national show making this post eligible for a ‘main crush’ 🙂