What a fab time we had at Malvern Quilt Show! I love going to Malvern - the show is not too big, you can walk right out the door and look at the beautiful hills (unlike the NEC where you walk miles and end up looking at concrete) and I even love the journey up as you go from Berkshire Downland, up through the beautiful little fields and stone houses of the Cotswolds and into Worcestershire!
The quilts were very inspiring, although as usual I didn't always agree with the judges! - but here are some that caught my eye:
I liked the one below, No Flowers without Raindrops, by Angelika Monks and quilted by Lynda Edmunton, mainly because of the retro-looking fabric.
These two Cot quilts surprised me. The one below, Serandite, by Andrea Stracke, came second
and this one, Darian, by Janet Jones, came first
I don't think I would necessarily have thought the same, but the hand quilting is beautiful.
I really liked Star in the Cabin by the Parkhouse Patchwork Group and designed by Judy Martin because I've never seen Log Cabins put together like this.
Unseasonal Weather, by Jill Exell, was one of my favourites! Inspired by "Childhood holidays, when the weather wasn't always summery" she depicted a wet sea front. My own childhood memories of holidays are always hot because my parents followed the sun, but my children's memories are almost certainly of wet holidays because Jonathan and I have never been very lucky with holiday weather!
Another favourite was Jenny Williams' Ty Mam (Mother's House), again, inspired by childhood memories but this time of the village of Abereiddy where her family came from
and this little hanging by Eleanor Wright, called Early Autumn in the Countryside, was really pretty.
Another Picture quilt which caught my eye was Almost Home by Senga Bain - very poignant
Home is Where the Heart is by Joy Savage - little tiny Log Cabins
And I have to mention Andrea Stracke, from Germany, again. Her hand-quilted Citrine was astounding - such tiny, tiny stitches!
I did do a little shopping, but I was quite restrained,
of course the Donegal Tweed was again irresistible, as was the linen, but otherwise I was quite practical.
And the bobbin pin cushion? - well, anything that makes you laugh has got to be worth buying!