Childish excitement abound, it was the first thing I looked for upon arrival. Back in May I'd entered the 'My First Quilt' competition category (mostly on account of my 'Do More New' approach to life) and so there it was (and would be for the next 3 days) hanging up amongst all the other hundreds of other competitors. I quickly realised that my first attempts at a quilt were nowhere near as good as most of the people in the category but it was pretty cool to see it up on display all the same - especially when I saw one woman take a picture of it :)
Anyway enough about me, the rest of the show was v.fun too! Highlights for me:
★ Lynne Edwards mini exhibition, in particular her feedsack fabric quilts.
★ Mandy Pattullo's beautiful fabric and paper collages
★ Listening in on Kaffe Fassett's interview
★ Godharis from rural India
★ The beautiful geometric patterns (and products) by Heleddmai.
Close-up of the butterfly quilt by Lynne Edwards
Right: 'Box' entered into the 'Quilt Masters' category, sadly no name was displayed next to it.
And now for some of the competition pieces which really stood out for me...
Right: 'Just to make you Smile' - Gillian Travis.
Both from the Quilt Creations category
Right: 'Little Stars' - Jean Ball (Traditional Quilts)
Right: 'Flower Pecker' - Stephanie Redfern (ContemporaryQuilts)
'In the style of Frank Lloyd Wright' - Mary Morrison (Miniature Quilts)
Lastly, as always, I couldn't leave the NEC empty handed so bought a couple of fat quarters for the stash from The Running Chicken.