Quilts UK 2024 Recap

Quilts UK 2024 Recap

A few days playing catch-up and it's time for a quick look back at this year's Quilts UK; one of the UK's friendliest and most popular quilts shows.
I was talking to several customers and traders wondering how many years both I, and my parents at The Contented Cat and Rio Designs, had been trading at Quilts UK; and in particular, for how long we'd had our position in the corner of the main hall, and we reckoned it must be getting on for 25 years! That's quite some time!
I always enjoy going to the Three Counties Showground in Malvern for the show as the surrounding countryside is just stunning. The venue itself has the backdrop of the Malvern Hills (which isn't too shabby a place to have your lunch with a view like that), and there are plenty of pretty villages in the area as well as the Rivers Severn and Avon nearby.

I arranged the stand the opposite way around this year, which I hope gave visitors something to get drawn towards with the fabric bolts facing them. Best-selling products at the show included the new Glaze fabrics and my Spirals Quilt pattern.

As for the show itself, I only ever have the chance for a quick runaround the quilts on display. Although a beautifully made quilt, the Championship Quilt wasn't my favourite. The quilt that I loved and which I was drawn back to was by Liz Jones. Liz has made many wonderful prize-winning quilts over the years, but this quilt was something different.

'Berrington' featured wet and needle-felted merino wool blocks which were hand embroidered with perle and variegated cotton thread. The overall effect of the quilt was akin to those wonderful wall tapestries you see in stately homes. It was just stunning. Although it didn't win any of the main awards, two of the judges awarded it their 'Judge's Choice' award. Enjoy these detail pics.

The dates for next year's show are 15 - 18 May 2025. Visit Grosvenor Shows' website for more information, including how to enter a quilt if you want to take part.

See you there!


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