Sunday, 14 September 2014

Quilt Shows and Competitions

Do you go to quilt shows? I do. I can't resist them. If there's one near me, then I'm there! All that inspiration...all that prettiness...all that fabric!

Every year in the UK, we have the National Quilt Championship at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey. This show is a veritable smorgasbord of beautiful quilts, notions, stalls, workshops, fabrics, ideas, you name it, it's there.

People can submit their quilts for different categories - cot quilts, king size, art, miniature, rookie, etc. and I always love wandering about, seeing which quilts have earned a place ribbon and trying to see why the judges voted for it above the others.

But more than anything, after being into this biz we call quilting for two years, it's made me feel like I can enter. Either the Rookie category (first quilt entered into a competition) or perhaps a miniature (I love miniature quilts!).

So I've been trying out ideas lately, seeing what works for me, are there particular fabrics or patterns I want to use, or should I design something unique? I've never designed much myself before (except for those Xmas boxes) so I started messing about.

I've still not settled on a firm idea (and I don't want to give away too much here!) but I'm narrowing it down. I have until May 2015 to enter my work.

So what about you? Do you enter competitions? Have you placed anywhere? Tell me about it! Or, if you don't enter, why do you make that choice? I'm interested. Let me know.

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