Touring Quilter – National Quilt Championships, Sandown UK

I had a lovely day out on Saturday, visiting the annual National Quilt Championships at Sandown Racecourse. The sun shone but it was not too hot and although the traffic on the M25 motorway/carpark was heavy our journeys too and from the venue did not spoil the day.

Starting with lunch… We sat outside on the main stand of Sandown Racecourse and enjoyed the panoramic view of London.

Sandown 2019 View (1) by Allison Reid
If you look very closely you will see the triangular shape of The Shard between two tree tops to the right of the photo. The Shard is the tallest building in the UK.
Sandown 2019 View (3) by Allison Reid
Look closely at the horizon and you’ll spot the arch of Wembley Stadium gleaming in the sunshine.

As members of Roundabout Quilters we were keen to go see our Group Quilt hanging in the exhibition. Our quilt, along with all the others was displayed well and it was especially pleasing to see other visitors stopping to look and making positive comments.

Sandown 2019 Group Quilt (2) by Allison Reid
Roundabout Quilters entry with the winner of the Group Quilt category in the foreground.

Sandown 2019 Group Quilt (1) by Allison Reid

And look the quilt gained a Judges Merit! The first time Roundabout Quilters has entered a quilt in a show too! The Quilt will be first prize in the Charity Raffle we are holding as part of our bienneial exhibition in September (more details here).

Now for your delight and inspiration here are just a very few of the quilts on display at Sandown.

Sandown 2019 Quilt (1) by Allison Reid
‘Modern Quilt’ by Maureen Crawford.
Sandown 2019 Quilt (2) by Allison Reid
‘Tutti-Frutti’ by Pam & Nicky Lintott.
Sandown 2019 Quilt (2.1) by Allison Reid
‘Tutti-Frutti’ quilting detail

Part of the exhibition space was given over to Sandy Chandler’s huge wholecloth quilts. Here are close ups from two of her quilts:

Sandown 2019 Quilt (3) by Allison Reid
Detail of wholecloth quilt by Sandy Chandler

Sandown 2019 Quilt close up by Allison Reid

Sandown 2019 Quilt (4) by Allison Reid
‘Storm at Sea’ by Pat Coverdale
Sandown 2019 Quilt (5) by Allison Reid
‘Seaside Sewing’ by Gill Tilburn was hand pieced on holiday!

Of course, there was opportunity for retail therapy too. I had a good therapy session… picking up fabrics for Myra’s Jelly Roll Waves QAL starting in a week’s time; backing fabric for the Square in a Square quilt tops I made earlier in the month; a book about Bargello quilts (this is a patchwork pattern on my bucket list!); a couple of fabric pieces for my stash and a little collection of notions (I know, ANOTHER ruler! πŸ˜€ ).

Sandown 2019 Jelly Roll Wave fabrics by Allison Reid Sandown 2019 Notions by Allison ReidSandown 2019 Backing and Stash fabrics by Allison Reid

Roundabout Quilters met a few days after Sandown for a sewing evening. As well as being very happy with our first experience of having a Group Quilt hung in a national show we were in general agreement that attendance at quilt shows is declining year by year. I wonder if you have experienced the same? The biggest and most popular UK show is the annual Festival of Quilts held over a long weekend in August at the NEC, Birmingham. Perhaps there will have to be a reduction in the number of national shows held throughout the UK with the key event being the Festival of Quilts? As footfall declines and exhibition entries fall, vendors and exhibition goers alike may have to acknowledge that the number of shows on the calendar will need to be reduced.

On a positive note I wonder if a reduction in the number of national quilt shows will lead to a rise in the popularity of the exhibitions held by local quilt groups? Less travel and reduced costs for vendors and visitors alike, along with the pleasure of seeing quilts hung in a variety of spaces could be the way forwards. I’d be interested to know your thoughts on the present state and future options for quilt exhibitions.

Joining Lorna for the Let’s Bee Social link up at Sew Fresh Quilts. Lorna is sharing her latest animal pattern called ‘Lamb Chops’!

Allison

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Here in the UK it’s the weekend of the annual National Quilt Championships held at Sandown Racecourse situated on the Western outskirts of London. I’m excited to be going. As a member of the Basingstoke based Roundabout Quilters group I’m especially excited to be going to Sandown as we have entered a quilt into the ‘Group Quilt’ category of the exhibition. I will be sure to take some photos of the quilt in situ πŸ™‚ but if you can’t wait there is a

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ A virtual sewing day – bring along your project(s) and enjoy sharing in the conversations and news doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. You can join in by clicking the links and/or leaving your own contributions to the conversations in the comments box at the end of this page.

I’ve spent a lot more time out of the sewing room than in it this week. My monthly craft group met on Monday and we got to it with our knitting needles, yellow wool and eyelet lace: making little chicks designed to hold Easter eggs.

Eyelet Lace Knitting (2) by Allison Reid
My knitted chick in progress with a hedgehog I made a year or two ago!

Image result for images of loo roll coversI finished my chick a few days later. Knitting with the eyelet lace did take me back to the 1970s, memories of tennis stars wearing frilly knickers and those dolly loo roll covers! πŸ˜€

Here’s a link to a little video on You Tube showing how to knit with eyelet lace – the demonstrator has a lovely Scottish accent.

My finished chick complete with Cadbury Creme Egg.

Roundabout Quilters met on Tuesday evening. We heard an interesting talk by Pennie Bicknall who showed us her group quilts and explained various ways to organise group quilt making. After the talk we were treated to a viewing of our own group quilt. Last year we were each invited to take home a pack of fabric and make a block quilt-as-you-go fashion for a quilt that will be raffled at the Roundabout Quilters exhibition this coming September. The finished quilt has been entered in the group category of the National Quilt Championships, Sandown, 21st-23rd June. I brought it home to sew on the hanging sleeve. It’s obviously not my place to give the quilt a public showing but as soon as it goes public I will post a photo here.

Having attached the hanging sleeve to the group quilt and cleared away some distracting unfinished projects I am now ready to quilt the Scrappy Trip Along quilt.

As usual I am hesitating to start. I wonder when I will stop dreading quilting and truly come to enjoy it? Of course ‘just do it’ is the chant I must sing as each stitch made will add experience and, in time, confidence. You can see my practice piece in the photo.

If you follow me on Instagram, @allisonreid.neweverymorning,Β  you may know I had a catastrophic breakdown in self control in my local Hobbycraft store! The intention was to treat myself to a quilting magazine…. Ahem! I did buy a copy of Quilt Now…and… (say it quickly) ten fat quarters along with 2m of background fabric! πŸ˜€ To be fair the FQs are just the colours I had in mind for making a wall hanging using the Modern Fans pattern by Suzy Quilts. So really I had no choice, right?

Keeping with curved piecing (Modern Fans is a pattern made of quarter circles), have you seen Jenny Doan’s latest video using her new Drunkard’s Path templates and 10″ squares to make the ‘Courtyard Path’ quilt? Jenny is great at taking the fear out of techniques that are sometimes given an aura of difficulty that can become a deterrent for patchwork quilters of a nervous disposition.

Bobbi is busy making blocks for the ‘Sew Let’s Quilt Along’. She has some great piecing tips in this post that can be applied to any block – including adding applique shapes to a pieced block.

Improv quilting is something I haven’t tried yet. Amy Ellis has been getting out of her comfort zone and working on improv pieces. She shares her monochrome Experimentations Quilt here.

Bernie over at Needle & Foot has reviewed Bonnie Hunter’s new book, String Frenzy, and dived into her own over-flowing scrap bins to test out one of the twelve patterns in the book. Bernie has made a sweet little table runner rather than an entire quilt, it looks great and as she says, ‘All in all, this is a great book. Lots of fun ways to use scraps and if you don’t want to make the entire quilt, go for a mini, a table topper or a runner. I love making smaller projects because there is a satisfying finish and practicing my FMQ is so much easier on small quilts.’

Well! Not so many links today, I am way behind in my blog reading (there are 98 unopened notifications in my in-box!). But I hope you have found enough of interest and will enjoy clicking away to some of the treasures to be found courtesy of the Worldwide Quilting Community.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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Well! I’m still going through the Groundhog Day experience with my quilting projects. This week my diary has been fairly empty so I have put in quite a lot of quilting hours. The beginners quilt is stitched out and my project for today is to add the binding. I think I will stitch it to the front of the quilt and hand stitch it down on the back – I don’t want to machine stitch the binding down both sides and have a line of stitching cut through my precious feathers!
Beginners 5 by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting
Carrie Nation Variation design by New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingI’ve completed all the feathers on the larger quilt top and now need to free motion an orange peel pattern through the small, coloured squares before reverting to my walking foot for a straight line design in the borders…
I have to confess I am feeling a bit frazzeled as the quilting process on these two projects goes on and on and on… I am having to battle against my perfectionist expectations the whole time. I’m really feeling the need to retreat back into my comfort zone for a project or two before my confidence hits rock bottom. I’ve added extra expectations on myself by entering the large ‘Carrie Nation Variation’ quilt into The Festival of Quilts. Not only do I have the postal deadline of 27th July looming in my mind but I’m also painfully aware that people will be looking at my quilt and finding all the imperfections. I know: we are our own harshest critics. I’m going to the National Quilt Championships at Sandown next week and I’m really looking forward to looking around the exhibits. I won’t be getting up close to quilts trying to spot inconsistencies in stitch size or missed points etc. I’ll be standing back lost in admiration, figuring out how the colours and design work to give the overall effect, noticing how a narrow border in a surprising but well chosen colour brings a whole quilt together… I know I should allow that the majority of quilters who stop to look at my quilt at the Festival of Quilts will be doing the same πŸ™‚
How do you get through a desire for perfection, settling for the reality of where your abilities and skills lie? I found this post by Chris, who describes her/himself to be a ‘recovering perfectionist’. There is a list of questions for perfectionist quilters to ponder. According to an on-line Perfectionism Test I have a ‘healthy level’ of perfectionism but some of it is a bitΒ  misdirected or inconsistent. Oh! My Gosh! Now even my score in a perfectionism test isn’t perfect! Agghhh! Reaches for soothing chocolate and then regrets imperfect willpower and physical shortcomings…..!!!!!!
Lets get away from this introspection and enjoy some of the quilty conversations going on this week πŸ™‚
Melva has an occasional series on her blog called ‘Quilters Through the Generations’. This link takes us to an interview with Stephanie Collins. It’s well worth a read and a look at just a few of the lovely quilts she and her quilting Grandmother have made.
Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is preparing to run a quilt-along with an original design called ‘Modern Plus Sampler‘ . She shows the quilt in a blue colourway and I think the design would really suit a young man – maybe a quilt to take to university or a graduation gift?
On Tuesday evening I went to a very enjoyable meeting of my local quilt group, Roundabout Quilters, Basingstoke. Yvonne McAtamney the owner of Village Fabrics, Wallingford was our guest speaker. Of course she is very knowledgeable about patchwork and quilting and gave us some good tips about choosing colours but she really lit up when she shared her passion for all things Japanese – designs and fabrics. We were all captivated by her unique Japanese themed quilts and the beautiful Sashiko stitching that embellishes them. Yvonne is about to launch her latest Japanese BOM – check out the Village Fabrics newsletter for details.
A newsletter from another local quilt group, North Hampshire Quilters, has information about plans for the first ever quilt show to be held in India. I’ve read articles in quilt magazines about antique and modern textiles and sewing in India but hadn’t considered there never having been a quilt exhibition in such a large, highly populated country. Find out more here.
Happy stitching πŸ™‚
Allison