Riotous Colours Display!
My friend and her mum are members of Wing Quilters in Rutland, and they organise a quilt show which raises money for charity every two years, I was lucky for them to invite me along with my threads for this years. This year they raised money for Sue Ryder, which provides end of life hospices – a very worthy cause.
Wing Village, Rutland
Wing itself is a lovely little village in Rutland, not that far from me, and it was a lovely setting to have a fair with the church hall hosting the stalls, and the church next door containing many display quilts, some of which were family heirlooms, and some especially sewn for the show.
There were even a couple of quilts on display by Sarah Payne, a quilter who does demonstrations on Create and Craft TV – a TV channel that’s dedicated to crafting, so I’m told. I didn’t realise who she was until she left, but she was wearing a rockabilly style dress with beautiful large poppies printed on the fabric that is exactly my kind of dress. I told her I admired it when she stopped by our stall, and then felt like a twit when I discovered she was a TV personality in craft circles! I need to find time to watch more TV.
Some of the quilts on display in the church
I had no idea what to expect, as I’d never done a craft show before, nor was I selling quilting supplies! In fact, I don’t even know how to use a sewing machine, but after seeing such beautiful work, and coming away with a quilt purchased at the show, which has received non stop snuggles since I brought it home, I can honestly say that it makes me determined to get to grips with my inherited sewing machine.
Honey sneaking on my batik quilt by Rita
I dyed up lots of threads, and took 250 with me, I didn’t expect to sell many, if any, but if I was to get any interest I wanted lots of different options for any potential customers! I got to chat with some lovely people, and much to my surprise I even had customers, an embroidery teacher commented on one of the sample embroideries I took along and said it’d get her praise which left me blushing with delight.
Pure silk quilt
The show had raffles of gorgeous quilts, and other sewn items and there were a lot of quilts both for sale by stall holders in the village hall, and on display in the church, I fell in love with every other quilt I saw! The stand out display quilt for me was definitely the grey silk quilt, with it’s hand embroidery. The lady who had sewn it had even dyed some of the silk herself to get the right monochromatic look she was after.
Rita’s stunning shirt quilt
This lovely shirt quilt was made by my friend’s mum, Rita, who I shared a stall with, she had several quilts in the display area, and it was one of hers that I took home with me, a gorgeous brightly coloured batik quilt that my whole family has appreciated!
My smallfry wrapped up in my batik quilt
I’m going to leave you with a few other photos I took of the quilts… damn, I need a ‘sewing on a 1980’s Singer sewing machine for TOTAL dummies’ manual…
Detail of hand embroidery on the grey silk
Victorian silk quilt, one of the heirloom pieces on display
Redwork embroidery quilt ❤
I really liked the hand appliqued quilts too!
Cathedral window wall hanging
I could flood you with even more, but I am going to stop there! I will say that if there’s such a show near you, find the time to go take a peek because meeting likeminded people, and seeing such gorgeous work is inspiring! I hope to go again next time the Wing Quilters hold an event, thank you to the organisers who were busy as bees over the weekend, and for the cakes, and of course a special thank you to Chloe and Rita who welcomed me and opened my eyes to so much!