Sunday, 9 October 2016

What a small world!

Yesterday I visited the Trinity Quilters Show in Sutton Coldfield.
The Show happens every 2 years and this was their 10th Show.

I immediately met an old friend, Marion.  We originally got to know each other about 14 years ago when we were both Quilt Angels at the Festival of Quilts Show in Birmingham. Then we met every year, even after we both stopped volunteering as Quilt Angels.  However, we have rather lost touch over the past couple of years - but, as I had hoped, there was Marion, taking ticket money at the Trinity Quilters Show. Marion has been involved with the group for many years, perhaps even since their inception 20 years ago. It was so lovely to see her, catch up on news and so on.

I thoroughly enjoyed looking round the Show.  Lots of lovely quilts all made by members of the group.  A table of cushions, another of bags of various kinds and a display of premature baby quilts which will be donated to Project Linus.  The baby quilts were this year's Chairman's Challenge idea.  Other years the Challenge has been small wall hangings with different themes. I thought making Linus Quilts was an excellent idea. The local Project Linus branch had a display table there too, with examples of simple and colourful children's quilts, patterns and two ladies who were so interesting to talk to.  I discovered that this group has gifted over 17,500 Linus quilts since they started (6 years ago, I think).  Isn't that an amazing total?

Here's my favourite Chairman's Challenge Quilt:
And a close up:

Coincidentally, my Patchwork Group is having a Linus Day in a couple of weeks time when we will make some premature baby quilts which we will gift directly to our local hospital. Various members in our group - including me - have donated quilts to the hospital before.  I think I may try to make a quilt like the Funky Cat quilt shown above.  I have lots of novelty fabrics which would be great in a quilt like this. Dimensions are small: 15" x 18" so they are quick to make.

Now a few of my favourite quilts from the Show:

This Japanese Applique Quilt was beautifully made, including such a lot of detail as you can see by this close up of one of the blocks:
Another Japanese style quilt also caught my eye:

An amazing Hexagon Quilt - the hexis were very small!

A cute baby quilt - I loved those teddies:
And a close up:

A large Red and White quilt with redwork blocks featuring different African animals:
And the quilt I voted for in the Visitor's Choice:
This was a beautiful Art Quilt entitled Marjorelle Gardens.  Made by a very well known UK quilter, Pauline Barnes who is also a member of Trinity Quilters.
Her programme notes said: Bamboo, Benganvillea and Waterlilies. Beautiful gardens in Marrakech which were created by the artist Jacques Majorelle who gave his name to the vivid blue colour with which he painted his studio.
It is the most beautiful blue and the quilt was exquisite.
There was a lovely quilt with sheep and borders made from snippets of Kiwiana fabrics.
I had noted it and then got chatting to the steward on duty only to find she had made the sheep quilt which she called New Zealand Lunch.
Her youngest daughter lives in NZ, in Nelson which is very near our house.  During our conversation I discovered that her daughter and husband own a restaurant (he is also the chef).  My husband and I know this restaurant very well, eating there each time we are in NZ. In fact for the last few years we have our last evening meal there as we stay overnight in a nearby motel which is handy for the very early morning taxi ride to Nelson Airport next day as we begin our long trip home.

So, what a Small World!  Here's the quilt that started my discovery:




  1. Some amazing quilts. I am contemplating doing a hexi quilt ....
    Amazing how small the world is!

  2. What a great show! So many beautiful quilts. It never ceases to amaze me how small the world is.

  3. It was a great show and good to catch up with an old friend and meet up with the mother of the restaurant owner.

  4. They are all beautiful, Linda! I also love your header. You have a lovely blog. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

  5. They are all beautiful, Linda! I also love your header. You have a lovely blog. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

  6. Some lovely quilts, that tiny hexi one is incredible! It's a small world indeed!