Friday, 29 June 2012


Our group's exhibition this year being Jubilee year was given the theme of Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend. It was our 5th exhibition and our most successful to date breaking all our personal goals and raising a grand total of £2,720 which is being donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

We are lucky that the hall we use to sew in has a stage and this becomes the focus of our exhibition and we dress it according to the theme. Kate was in charge of this and decided that it would be a street party with diamond quilts as backdrops. It looked amazing when it was up. Star quilt is by Kate. Please note the beautiful diamond hexie quilt below. Ahem! they were just pinnned to the backcloth.

All the items on the party table were fabric (apart from the jubilee tea cakes from M&S), yes, even the mugs and that glass of juice. The gala pie slices looked good enough to eat.

Royal Crown Ranson ( all made by Kate) brought out specially for the occasion, limited edition. The cakes on the cake stand were fab as were the quilt sandwiches. Jammy dodger looks good enough to eat too.

View of the stage from the other direction. The large black white and red quilt is by Sarah Covey and the lovely quilt on the left is by Janet Kittow and it won a much deserved Viewers Choice ribbon. The stage was festooned with bunting borrowed from Corfe Quilters and the ends were anchored down to sewing machines, one from the 50's and the other end from the latest model.

A section of a quilt by Annette Peters. Loved the colours.

Juliet selling raffle tickets. The quilt was donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care and offered to us to raffle. It was a large quilt and the first quilt that this lady had made. Sorry, do not have the lady's name. It was won by a lady from Corfe Quilters.

This was my personal favourite. Just loved the gentleness of it and would love to own this one. Pretty, pretty please Ann Eckley!!!

A UFO by yours truly and I will finish it. Displayed in a quilt frame. My husband came to collect me at the end of the first day and on walking past this quilt he ran his hand over the top of it and said "this is nice". Bless, it was a long time since he had seen it and had forgotten it was mine.

Janet doing an amazing job at the raffle.  Every prize a bag and there were some fabulous ones. Some came away with more than their fair share - Sarah Covey!!! The bunting was made by Pat Sumner.

Sue Ford visiting from Corfe Quilters. Corfe were very generous in their help with setting up their amazing new quilt frames and items for display. Thank you ladies (and gents ).

Loved the prettiness of this quilt by Emma Kirkpatrick. Emma is the daughter of Ann Eckley. Talented mum and daughter.

Tea ladies?! Delicious cakes. Diane, Judith and Judy and Janet Kittow on the right.

These two children's quilts were made by Janet Daniels.

Pretty flowers adorning the tables in the tea room.

Loved this little one by Marilyn Mann.  .

Marilyn was the exhibition co ordinator this year and she did a fabulous job. Well done to everyone for all the hard work, stitching, making and simply giving. A big thank you must be said to  the menfolk who helped and Fiona's son Will has become the official roady. He did a sterling job getting up and down ladders.

Apologies for  not showing all the quilts but they were all worthy.

Happy Stitching.

Love Shirley.


  1. thankyou for the virtual tour. Had to take a second look at the mugs I can't believe they are fabric! Love them.

  2. Fabulous show, thank you. The street party table looks unbelievably authentic. Congratulation on raising that amount too - it is huge.

  3. Fab exhibition Shirley. Love the gentle appliqué one. Well love them all really. It looks and sounds like a huge success.
    Fantastic amount of money raised for another worthy cause.

  4. I love a quilt show that I can attend wearing my flannel pjs and ugg boots! Thanks for all the pictures Shirley!

    I love the diamond theme - so many great quilts. I think my favourite is the one in the centre of the first photo and also the applique one you liked - you're allowed two favourites, right?

    Have a great weekend. Hope you get some sunshine - it's cold and somewhat miserable here. x

  5. Gosh, this was quite the day! I sometimes think that I should seek out a group of ladies that quilt. But, living in the remote area that I do, I pretty much stick to myself, except for my friend Helen.
    The food is always so lovingly presented at these functions. Great photos as usual Shirley....

  6. Thanks for the tour of your lovely exhibition. I can only guess how much work went into it, but well worth it in the end. You are lucky to belong to such a wonderful group of talented ladies!

  7. Wonderful quilt show Shirley and you should all be proud at putting on such a fabulous display. Your UFOs present very well and no doubt their day for finishing will come at some stage. Put your feet up and enjoy a glass of bubbly. Take care.

  8. I almost feel like I was there, it looks like a fabulous show again. I love the fabric tea set and mugs! Isn't it great that hubby gave your quilt his stamp of approval?

  9. Oh, my, what a fiest for the eyes...beautiful quilts,I love your favourite one too.
    Great post!
    Julia ♥

  10. Wow !!
    What a great donation ...
    The goodies on display and the quilts are beautiful.
    I'm waiting for the end of next month to go to the quilt show in Melbourne.

  11. Totally wonderful! Lots of lovely things to see - and a lot of hard work too. Well done all, great report Our Kid.

  12. Congratulations on your successful show. Would have loved to attend!
    What a lovely display of quilts and I agree with your choice of favourite.
    Looks like a good time was had by all.

  13. Sorry I was unable to attend Shirley, but it all looked great! Joan

  14. Fabulous quilt show Shirley, love the quilts on display and the jubilee tea party display is amazing! It all looks so real, thanks for sharing