Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Great Northern Quilt Show, Harrogate

I would recommend the quilt show at Harrogate, it is not so large that you become overwhelmed but there is a good selection of exhibition classes, good workshops and demonstrations and a fair range of traders. I found the catering a bit pricey and another time would take a picnic, there are plenty of chairs and this is what a lot of people seem to do. This first picture shows the airy hall where the quilts are displayed and that there is plenty of room to enjoy them (this was taken on Sunday in the early afternoon).

I took a lot of photographs but have removed them from this blog because of some concern about copyright.  If anyone can advise me I would appreciate it but my favourite quilts were:

"Autumn Stars" by Joyce Dawe of Hertfordshire who was exhibiting a selection of her "Quilts From My Princess and The Pea Bed". The star design is enhanced by applique within the block and I loved the colour graduation.

"Sea Fever" by Chris Waddleton of Somerset, a machine pieced and quilted design inspired by the John Masefield poem and I thought it was beautiful.

"Circles Of My Mind" by Glenda Smith of North Yorkshire, the result of a circle challenge set by Priory Quilters. I thought the colour combinations were lovely and the quilting was superb.

"Uplifted" by Sheena Norquay of Invernesshire, inspired by the colours of autumn leaves and the turquoise sky. The quilt includes printing and machine quilting and I thought it had a great sense of movement.

"Blue French Braids" by Trudi Wood of Lincolnshire, machine-pieced and machine-quilted. The blending of peaceful colours immediately caught my eye, before I spotted that the quilt was by Trudi!

"Nocturne" by Dilys Roberts of Cheshire. The colour combination is lovely and the pattern is Winding Ways which is on my "to do" list. The quilt was machine-pieced and hand-quilted and was gorgeous.

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