|By Helen Conway|
What a fabulous show.
I have been mulling over this all week - why did I have such a good day out?
Here's my analysis:-
- A great venue - Uttoxeter race course has a lovely quaint feel to it. I think that is down to the timber buildings surrounding the winners enclosure
- Easy to get to - I won't bore you with the delights of the British motorway network - just take my word for it (from my direction anyway)
- A fabulous size - I found it just right in terms of both the trade stands and the exhibits. Not too exhausting (you have to get in training for FoQ)
- Hilary Beattie's fabulous quilt won 2 prizes and she is now in possession of 2 new sewing machine
- It included embroidery as well as just the ubiquitous quilts and, dear reader, on reflection I think I am an embroider rather than a quilter.
Here are some photos to feast your eyes on (though sadly my embroidery section photos are not good enough to share - I'll come back to the lighting!)
This is why I way there. I was manning the JQ stand with the wonderful Sue Turner. You could examine these little quilts all day.
|Garden of Eden by Judith Gill from Newark|
|My World in a Spin - Lorraine Ellison|
|Venice inspired quilt by Frieda Oxenham|
|Transition - Who do you think I am? - by Helen Conway|
|My Heart, My Home - Gilli Theokritoff|
|Metal Facade - Caroline Lindsay|
|Sorry - I don't know who you are!|
|The Prize Winner - My Heart My Home by Hilary Beattie|
|Master Caster - Hilary Beattie|
The pavilion that the JQs were in was not well lit. Nobody complained, but I think the quilts were not shown in their best light (no pun intended) and the embroidery exhibits were in the track side pavilion with large windows looking onto the track (to see the racing obviously) but there was a bit of glare and as many of the embroideries were framed this made the photography a bit tricky.
But, all in all a good little show, and I really hope that some other shows start to have embroidery classes (the textile boundaries are all a bit blurred anyway). It expands the experience for the visitors.