Made it to Quilts UK, Malvern

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:

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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.
'Latin for Quilters'
‘Latin for Quilters’ by Moira Neal. Won the Gardeners World category and was overall show Winner.

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.
'Spring Garden'
‘Spring Garden’ by Cecilia Slinn

'A Quilt for Art Lovers' by Fiona Macaulay Davies
‘A Quilt for Art Lovers’ by Fiona Macaulay Davies

'Dinner Time on Puffin Island' by Ethelda Ellis
‘Dinner Time on Puffin Island’ by Ethelda Ellis. I was so busy looking at the two puffins in the foreground that I didn’t notice the third bird coming into land!

Rhewlif (Glacier) 2016 by Sandi Lush
‘Rhewlif (Glacier) 2016 by Sandi Lush. One of Sandi’s 24 cot-sized quilts on display – all inspired by traditional Welsh hand quilting motifs.

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.
'Circulation' by Carole and Emma Galbraith
‘Circulation’ pieced by Carole Galbraith and longarm quilted by her daughter, Emma.

A last glimpse of the Malvern Hills as we began our journey home:
The Malvern Hills from the Three Counties Showground

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’ 🙂

0 thoughts on “Made it to Quilts UK, Malvern

  1. Congratulations on your achievement! And what a fun day! I have been on a couple of similar trips, and being on a busload of quilters is a blast!

  2. Congratulations on getting your quilt in the show, Allison. It’s a beautiful quilt (despite your unhappiness about a few aspects of it). I say, well done! The other quilts in the show are fun, interesting, and beautiful, too. Thanks for sharing photos of the show.

  3. Allison, I too love to wake up early and go into my room and create. It’s a great way to start the day and I love the quiet time before I start working. You can enjoy the sense of accomplishment that seeing your quilt on display brings – how many people didn’t get that far? We are always our own worst critics – no one else will see the problems you see. Well done!!!

  4. This post is definitely crush-worthy! Congrats on your quilt being accepted to the show – that is huge! I bet it was so exciting to see it hanging. Thanks for sharing the pics of all the great quilts! And thanks for linking to MCM!


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