Kerry, Reene, Ange and I car pooled from Kerry's house to the Uttoxeter Quilt & Stitch Show. And we met up with Katy once there. One of the main reasons to attend the show was that three of our group bravely entered quilts into the show. Wisely too, as their quilts were a welcome addition to what was there. More on that in a minute. First, their quilts (and them).
I have only been to the Festival of Quilts before so this was my first regional small show. Um, what can I say? There were some quilts I liked there, including those above. Below are some of more that caught my eye, including Katy's hexies (bottom right).
I do not have a inbuilt dislike of traditional quilts. Some of the most beautiful quilts I have seen have been traditional ones. I do have a dislike of murky, icky, dark colours, and they seemed to predominate at the show. Katy Jones long ago tried to talk people into entering quilts into the show. She spoke about the need to get more modern quilts in these shows if people were going to learn that there was more than one style of quilting out there in the world.
I didn't really listen to the argument much at the time, I have to admit. Probably because I had never been to a smaller show before. Now I understand! We, as quilters, love what we do and we love our colour and modern techniques. If we want people to come to appreciate it too then we need to expose more than the modern quilting world to our style. These shows need a variety of quilts, not just dark, batik ones.
I readily acknowledge that a huge amount of skill goes into making any of the quilts that were on display. And that they are very much to many people's taste. Just not mine. It would be a boring world if we all liked the same thing after all. I also think that quilt shows should be more representative of all styles of quilting and only people willing to enter their quilts can make this happen.
So huge kudos to Ange, Kerry, Katy and Katy for having the balls to do so. Someone give me the courage to do so too next year.
Meanwhile, the fourth person in our party, Reene, was like me - no quilt in the show - but damn she was good with the pithy comments. Made my day. (Apologies to Reene for the photo - she is gorgeous and my photo does not do her justice in any sense of the word - but the other one I took was really fuzzy unfortunately.)
The photo on the right was an embroidery, not a quilt. But I took a photo of it because (a) I loved it, and (b) I want to make a quilt that looks like that.
Finally, I have been sewing today. Quite a while actually. But all I can show you for now is this.
Aw, go on, you love to be kept in suspense!