Now first up, before I start I hadn't gone there to shop. I go to look at the quilts and for inspiration. Yes I did a shopping list but it had just four things on it.
The show opened at 10am. I wandered around the quilts, took pics and then looked at my watch 11am. Yes that's right it took me just an hour to look at all the quilts. So I wandered through the many, many stalls. I managed to cross one thing off my shopping list. So I wandered through the quilts again, in case I'd missed anything and had a spot of lunch, 12.30 pm. I found a friend who had a stall and had a chat to her, wandered back through and by just after 2 pm I was back on the road home. Very disappointing experience.
Now I know some people loved it and went for two or three days, I know some people seemed to have bought the place out with what was being carried around, but I'm afraid I was very disillusioned with the whole thing. I've been going for a good few years now, since it started to be honest and it seems to be less quilts and more stalls each year. I remember when it first started and it was supposed to be all about the quilts. The first year it started I didn't get any shopping done as there were so many quilts I didn't have time, not so any more. I will think long and hard before I decide to go again. I was lucky enough to have a free ticket for entry as I wouldn't have been happy paying.
Anyway you haven't come to here to hear me moan, you want pics. A link to the photo album containing most of the pics I took is HERE. Pull up a chair as there are 124 photos in the album. Be aware that the show is not juried. Yes there are winners in each category but anyone can enter anything and there is quite a range of skill levels.
But my favourites, not necessarily the winners are
I love bleak landscapes and this one just drew me in
This owl was amazing. So detailed and lifelike
The winner of the Gina wants to take it home category
This was in the Mini category. I've put my chubby finger next to it for scale
Second in the Gina wants to take it home category
THis was another amazing landscape where the trees are free machine embroidered
This was the winner of the mini quilt category. The detail was amazing
This was my winner of the mini quilt, all these birds are thread painted
And what did I buy I hear you ask. Not a lot really.
The only thing I managed to cross off my list was some blue/green batiks and some bits and pieces for an under the sea quilt I need to make for a swap.
Well that's it for the quilt show. I'm hoping to go to a smaller one in a few weeks time. It combines my two loves, quilts and gardens and as the quilts are set out in the garden it's weather dependent so I'm hoping for the good weather to hold.