Featured Image – ‘Generations’ by Matilda Ward.

Festival of Quilts is the biggest quilt shows in Europe, as I’m sure you know. For those of you who have never been, or just couldn’t make it, I thought I’d show you some of the amazing quilts that are on display. I’m saving the winners for the show review I’ll be doing in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, October issue if you are interested, but there are so many that I don’t have room for all of them there.

‘Stitch-o-saurus’, The Sewing Studio

One set of groups I really want to show are the children’s categories. What a turn out! They were inspiring, creative and ingenious. So I’d thought I’d show you some…

The ‘Stitch-o-saurus’ was given a Highly Commended award for the age group 12-16. I’d have loved to have take him home!

‘A Tree for All Seasons’, Burgess Hill Girls

This wall hanging depicted a tree which cleverly showed the four seasons, capturing the theme of ‘Stitching through Time’.

Margaret Shaw created her ‘Time Machine’ after the competition made her think of the sewing machines used a ‘long time ago’… (Not so long for some of us!)

3D Objects were popular in this group with several clocks being represented. ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ by Izzy Wheeler was one such example. A full Grandfather Clock with the little mouse!

Lotty Wheeler went back to the Jurassic age with ‘Jurassic Treasure’. The sides of her box shows the sedimentary rocks layered, she loves fossil hunting so there is also a dinosaur on the top! Both of these were also Highly Commended.

‘Jurassic Treasure’, Lotty Wheeler

‘Hickory Dickory Dock’, Izzy Wheeler

Thanks to Sylvia Priest for these two lovely photos of the makers with their wonderful creations!

I wish I had more room to show you all the quilts that were entered from the single makers to the schools and groups. Such a wonderful selection of different ideas but room for a last one – ‘White Rabbit Pocket Watch Bag’ by Abigail Fossey.

Well done to all the participants and I can’t wait to see what you enter next year!

White Rabbit Pocket Watch Bag, Abigail Fossey



      1. Sarah Gravestock

        It would be great if parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents would give a gift of Young Quilter Membership to their children, relations or grandchildren. The cost is £5.00 for a year’s membership – they receive a goodie bag on joining together with regular newsletters and updates on regional activities as well as participation at regional YQ events.

      2. Ruth Garner

        This is a great deal and never realised that the Guild did this. Unfortunately I don’t have grandchildren yet or young relatives that I could encourage.