A few prize winners, then. Here is the winner of the best traditional quilt category. I appreciate it's a bit hard to see the detail from this photo and it was one very huge quilt. Somebody put a lot of effort into that one.
Something a little quirky and fun was the winner of the group quilts category, "comparethequilt.com", featuring some lovable meerkats. This quilt was made by eight ladies from the same patchworking group as my sister and was a real achievement as a lot of the ladies had worked on techniques out of their usual comfort zone and managed to bring the project together coherently.
Loved the little bits of humour and the attention to detail.
Keeping to a similar theme, being feline-mad, I loved this one as each of the "most wanted" furry friends had a name and a description of their crime, such as "seen loitering under bird table" or "stole the cream"!
Please excuse me that I can't tell you who made each of these quilts. One criticism I have is that the name of the maker or any details of the quilt, other than the name, is not displayed by the quilt. Instead, you have to buy a copy of the programme, which I didn't do as I don't think it's that interesting for £6. I think that's rather mean-spirited, it is £14 a day just to get in after all. As such, I can vaguely tell you that there was a display area (non-competitive, I think) which featured these largely pinky quilts taking Jane Austen as a theme.
On the whole, they were quite modern in feel. I rather liked them, being very pink, of course, and this one featuring Liberty fabrics...
This one featured rather lovely quilting and beautiful sumptuous fabrics...
The little appliqued love letter was a cute finishing touch.
Back then to some more of the competition entries. The colours of this quilt really glowed and the quilting was pretty fine, too.
Just look at those quilted feathers in the border triangles.
I was taken by this one which had been made largely out of old shirts donated to the quilt maker. Such an attractive colour palette, I think.
This one was pretty amazing and had been made by a Dutch lady (the Dutch seem to make very fine quilts). The sampler panels had been embroidered by the quilter's elderly mother and I think it may also have included some treasured family fabrics which had memories attached to them.
This unusual quilt received a judge's commendation in the modern quilts category. You may not be able to see clearly from this photo...
...but it was made up of knitted and crocheted panels. Great texture!
Couldn't resist including this shot of a traditional hand-pieced hexy quilt (Grandmother's Flower Garden). Wow, how long must this have taken to make!
Moving on to the miniature quilts category, and some of these were quite mind-boggling, they were so tiny.
We thought this flying geese quilt was really well executed. How to attain such perfection on a minute scale?
Loved this one, Liberty fabrics and beautiful colours, that says it all! Just shows quilts don't always have to be complicated.
Now I do love a bit of mixed media and admired these quilts for some time. This one comprised long panels featuring spoons and happy days, vintage embroidered cloth!
It also had a panel of hand-pieced cathedral windows in very pretty colours.
Here is yet another lovely quilt, featuring lots of vintage trimmings and bits of fabrics.
You could enjoy that one for a good while, I think.
Finally, there were two areas featuring exhibits by museums. One was by the quilt museum in York with simply stunning Victorian crazy patchwork quilts but sadly, no photography was allowed and rather annoyingly, they were not even selling postcards (lost business opportunity!)
There was also no photography allowed in the exhibit by the American Museum in Bath. Their quilts were stunning too, (I must visit this museum), and I took this photo well outside the quilt area so you can get a flavour of how beautiful these antique quilts were. They were in wonderful condition, too.
Ah, I feel quite tired after that. But very inspired...