Monday, 17 May 2010

Quilts UK

On Sunday Kate, Margaret and myself went to Quilts UK at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire. It is a beautiful setting at the foot of the Malvern Hills. The weather was a bit damp and threatened to rain but by the end of the day the sun came out and we sat out with ice creams feeling the benefit of the sunshine.

There were some fabulous quilts on display and of a very high standard, the winners well deserving of their prizes.

This quilt was so beautiful and delicate. It is by Pauline Ineson. You can find out more about Pauline at, even purchase her book.

This quilt I adored. It was just so breathtakingly beautiful and must have taken many hours of work. The applique was stunning and a great use of colour.

It was handquilted in a sashiko style pattern and those berries are tiny. They were probably not much bigger than a quarter inch and in the center of each one was a tiny cross stitch. I would happily have taken this one home. I think this quilt is by Jean Ball, Kent, I hope I have the details correct.

This quilt is by Linda O'Sullivan, Florida and is called Bella Celtica. Beautiful colours and that centre medallion was amazing.

I loved the scroll block repeated to make the border. Again fabulous use of colour.

This next one is a wholecloth masterpiece in machine stitching and is by Ferret. (She really does go by the name of Ferret, changed it by deed poll and gave up a career as a Rocket Scientist to quilt). It was just stunning. Never in a million years could I even in my wildest of dreams believe I could achieve anything on this level.

A Slice of Paradise by Jenny Lankester. The turtle was created with the use of fabric paint. It was quilted and embellished with beads.

I loved this little Appliqued quilt and I seem to remember that something along these lines is languishing in a dark cupboard in my house. My friends will say I like it because it is pink. They would be correct.

Now I would happily re decorate my house to have this one on the wall. It is by Kathleen Matthews and was left raw edged, framed and behind glass. Kathleen has won many prizes at Quilts UK with her unique style.

This next little beauty is Sue from I Sew Quilts with her lovely Hunter Star Quilt. It has beautiful machine quilting on it. Sue and I are blogging buddies and have only known each other a short while and only in the virtual sense. When we realised that we would be at Malvern on the same day we agreed to meet up. Thank you for the tea and talk Sue, it was great to meet you and I like the idea of meeting up with you at the NEC.

Isn't this blogging lark a wonderful thing.

The shopping talk is for another day along with a few more quilts.

Happy stitching.

Love Shirley.x


  1. Gosh! All those quilts are amazing! So much work and detail has gone into them!

  2. I am glad you got over your fatigue to show us those beautiful quilts. I could only dream about producing anything near that standard but love seeing what people create. How wonderful to meet a blogging buddy. Looks like a great day was had by all.

  3. Wow! All those quilts are amazing! I can't choose a favourite, they are all stunning. What a wonderful exhibition and thank you so much for sharing the photos. I am so pleased you and Sue got to meet each other. Isn't blogging great!!!

  4. Every single one of the quilts is gorgeous and such beautiful workmanship. It is lovely to meet the people behind the blogs.

  5. It certainly was a good show. I went on Saturday when it was very hot inside.

  6. It looks like you had a nice day, lots of lovely quilts and an ice cream sounds pretty good to me. I think I like the pink and white one the best.

  7. Looks like it was a great day out!

  8. You know what makes quilters so unique when you see this stuff! Great photos too. I loved the turtle the best!