After a very late night and a rather early start to the day it was decided that we would venture forth to view the quilts at Malvern. I thought the false dawn brought on from imbibing the odd glass or two too many of vino the night before was going to catch up with me, but fortunately two paracetamol and a bacon sandwich soon sorted me out and off we trotted.
I’d never been to a quilt show before and I was giddy with excitement, or was that the Shiraz still floating through my veins? Whatever it was it was worth getting up early for and we arrived just before it opened at 10 a.m. It is such a pretty drive up to Malvern, especially at this time of the year with the pink blossom on the trees in full bloom, the lush new grass, rape in searingly bright yellow flowers, blue bells on hills and tender young vibrant green shoots on many trees and bushes, all bathed in bright blue sunshine.
I did my shopping first, I left hubby in various locations, as he was a tired boy. Eventually I found him in the car and he came back into the show as we had saved the best for last.
The quilts, words fail me. I am in awe of all of them. This is a small selection of what was on offer. I am deeply inspired.
Best in show, I wish I could have captured this quilt a little better, but they were just about to present the prizes, so I literally had a ten second window.
I know I haven’t spent the time attributing each quilt to its artist/quilter. But to be honest, I just didn’t take notes, I am shattered and if I do attribute to a few I will feel its deeply unfair to those that I just can’t remember or didn’t take a photograph of the number of the quilt, so cannot find the information out. I hope you forgive me.
I did say there was shopping didn’t I. I had a really good time. Grin.
I was especially pleased with my book, How to Create an Heirloom Quilt by Pauline Ineson as it was on my wish list from Amazon, I spoke to Pauline personally. Actually I begged her to start up a Saturday class for her workshops on the Heirloom Quilt as she only does the workshops Monday to Friday. (I’d recently been looking on her web site) Sadly she declined, but she showed me a few tips on decorative stitches on her sewing machine and signed my book. And off course I was able to see this magnificent quilt in the flesh, so it was all perfect.
I was able to buy a Moda Jelly Roll and Layer Cake in “Looking Back” which I’ve had my eye on for quite a while. I already have a quilt earmarked for the two of them. I am waiting for Moda to release “Wrapped in Paisley” in the UK, I’ve seen it on the Internet and I think it is Lush. There is a bag with knitting sheep on it to make up which I just couldn’t resist and lots and lots of other goodies. One of which was a large cutting board for eight pounds! (that is very cheap and well worth trying at that price) The magazines were 50p or a £1.00. So one might almost say I was thrifty…
There were lots of other goodies, which will be revealed in due course.