Last Sunday I visited the British Quilt and Stitch Village at Uttoxeter Racecouse. It is a small, friendly show run by TPL Exhibtiions and showcases quilts and embroidery. On a nice sunny, spring day the racecourse is a wonderful venue – sadly that was not the case on the day I visited this year!
Chrylser Alternative by Carole Wood 1st in Traditional and Best in Show
And some close ups of the quilting, all down on a sit down longarm machine:
Whilst in its 6th year as a show, this year saw Nikki Reeves take over the job of Show Manager and there were several changes from previous years. The most obvious being the categories for the competition quilts. These are now more in line with Festival of Quilts’ categories and comprise: traditional, contemporary, modern, special theme, miniature, 3D, group and young quilter. Some of the newer categories did not have great numbers of quilts in, but what was encouraging was the increase in entries in the other categories, eg modern had 7 entries last year and 17 this year. Overall the number of entries has increased and it is now also attracting international quilters. Each category is awarded a 1st, 2nd and 3rd and then there is Best in Show and Viewer’s Choice.
Nearly Insane Quilt by Frances Meredith 2nd in Traditional and Viewer’s Choice
And a close up of a block, which are all hand pieced and then longarm quilted:
The Special Theme this year was Fantasy & Myth. I love seeing the different interpretations of the theme and below are some of the quilts from this category, please click on the top right hand of an individual picture to see a larger version:
As I said earlier, the Modern category was well represented and below are a selection of the quilts:
Close ups of the quilting!
Aswell as competition quilts, there was lots to see on the exhibitor stands. These stands are generally manned by some of the makers and really are worth stopping to look at. I found the ladies this year were very friendly and wonderful to talk to to get the inside story on pieces. I was lucky enough that when I passing the Out of the Fold exhibit the maker of the wonderful wearable art, Karen Frost, was on the stall and I got to interrogate her over her methods!
Whilst there were only a small number of traders at the show, they were all of good quality and very friendly. There was room to see what was on offer without any elbows digging in your sides and the traders had time to talk to you about their products and quilting in general. From various discussions I heard that they had all really enjoyed the show and meeting with their customers.
The catering options are rather limited on site, although if it is a nice day a picnic at one of the many outside seating areas would be lovely. There is a fair amount of walking involved at this venue, although there is Disabled Parking area close to the turnstiles and there are lifts to get you upstairs to the quilt show and workshop area.
So did I buy anything? Well I didn’t actually buy any fabric but a couple of notions, a Sew Easy Magic Seam Marker and a Hemline Glue Pen, and a new quilting book, More Free-Motion Quilting Machine Quilting 1-2-3 by Lori Kennedy – because I needed another right?!