Monday, May 21, 2012
Quilts UK - Malvern 2012
Tet spotted this pair of quilts for me. They were the most exciting thing there as far as I was concerned. I'm not even talking about the show allowing multi part entries, though that is quite interesting to note. These were started in a workshop I taught, and here they are finished and in a show. That is pretty amazing. I don't often get to see student finished pieces at all so these are very special. I hope lots of visitors enjoyed them too. Those of you familiar with Ricky Tims work will know that these are his caveman quilting technique. It's a very fun way to make quilts with a lot of potential for other projects, but right now the cool part is it's Ricky's technique.
I only put in one quilt for this show because I wanted my other new quilts to go to the National Quilt Championships. Dragon 1 did me proud, winning first place in the large wall hanging category. For this I was awarded this trophy which seemed determined to cause trouble. Firstly it hid when it was due to be presented. Then we discovered it was in two pieces. Both pieces are quite awkward and we were sure we were going to drop it. Now we get to the fun bit, Ricky Tims won this award in 1997. How cool is that? I would love to know which of his quilts it was and what prompted him to enter a UK quilt show.
That being said, there are more overseas entries a couple of the awards will be heading to Germany. It's good to see more quilters showing here. It is expensive to ship quilts around the world but it is really appreciated by those of us who can't afford to travel much ourselves. The other bit of very exciting news will just have to wait until tomorrow. I've got a mad busy week and I need to get to bed.