Quilts UK has just finished and what a show it was. It is held over four days at the Three Counties Showground set at the foothills of the stunning Malvern Hills. People come from all over the country and quite often use it as a reason to meet up with friends from near and far in a central location. It is the largest show run by Grosvenor Shows and never disappoints. It has quilts, quilts and more quilts and traders, traders and more traders!

The quilts on display comprise competition quilts, personal quilter displays and group displays. The competition categories are always well represented and this year was the first time that there were awards for the differing level of quilter – beginner, intermediate and professional. It is also great to see separate awards for machine quilting, custom longarm machine quilting and computer-guided longarm machine quilting. They all utilise such different skill sets and can never been compared and judged against each other.

This year there were 9 entries in the Under 16 Years category which was great to see and I thought I would share them with you here.  It was lovely to see that whilst 1st, 2nd and 3rd rosettes were awarded each entry also got a Well Done red rosette.

U01 –  Sunny Seaside Days by Holly Goacher, hand guided longarm quilted by Holly Goacher

U02 – Half-Square Havoc by Holly Goacher, hand guided longarm quilted by Holly Goacher – awarded 1st

U03 – Memories Huggy Quilt by Amy Goacher, hand guided longarm quilted by Amy Goacher

U04 – In the Rainforest by Amy Goacher, hand guided longarm quilted by Amy Goacher – awarded 3rd

U05 – Loves Me, Loves Me Not by Hannah Thompson – awarded 2nd

U06 – Sherbet Swirls – Imogen Bithell

U07 – Fun with HSTs by Shanya & Samara Kulatunge

U08 – Jack’s Camper Quilt by Rhys Walker, hand guided longarm quilted by Rhys Walker

U09 – Log Cabin Yellow Star Quilt by Rhys Walker, hand guided longarm quilted by Rhys Walker

There are, of course, many more quilts on my camera roll and maybe they will form the basis of another blog post but for now, after 4 days at the show, I have washing, ironing and cooking to do – oh the joys!

On a personal note I had two quilts in the show and was awarded a Judge’s Merit for both – which was wonderful!

Mini to Maxi – Churn Dash

Teeny Tiny Rainbow

I now feel like a seasoned Show entrant having entered my first show in September 2015, but I really would encourage everyone to have a go. It gives a totally different feel to attending a show and there is such delight at seeing your quilt hanging up amongst others. Next year’s show runs from 14 – 17 May 2020 and the Theme category is Borders – interpret that as you will!


  1. Maggie Attfield

    I saw several of your quilts there Abigail, and very nice they were too! I had a good day shopping and viewing there and it was lovely to be at the young quilters exhibit when the two girls came with their mum (I assume) after school. The younger one’s joy at finding her rosettes was really heartwarming. Great to see young quilters doing well, though I guess not many get a chance to long arm!