Saturday, April 21, 2012
THE START OF THE QUILT SHOW SEASON
The winter is now well and truly behind us now, although I have wondered if this was true over the past few days, which have been cold and wet.
I have been quite productive over the winter and this month saw my Lady’s Cap (a photo of which you can see in my website Gallery at www.jacquieharvey.co.uk), travelled to Quilts and Embroidery at Uttoxeter, last weekend and won first prize in the Three Dimensional category. I am now the custodian of a very nice silver trophy and the recipient of some lovely fabric and threads, sponsored by Quiltessential, for which I am truly grateful. I will certainly look forward to using them very soon.
Last weekend we travelled down to East Sussex for a three-night break. I had been invited by Region 2 to be their afternoon speaker at an Easter Extravaganza, in Polegate, on the Saturday. I arrived early as I was also exhibiting the, now very popular, Region 9, Block of the Month quilt, along with some of my miniatures, which always seem to go down well. Jacqui Veasey, from the Miniature Group was also there with the handbag collection of delightful miniature quilts, as well as the one I had designed and made for the Group. The Miniature Group is giving all members a free pattern of the little quilt, as well as a square of silk. Non-members can buy the kit but the money is refunded if they join the Group. As a result, Jacqui did remarkably well and signed up another ten new members and sold a couple of kits. It appears that the Block of the Month Quilt also attracted a lot of attention, as I see that 16 people have logged on to my website since the weekend and hopefully downloaded an application form. I will have to check with Ros Peedle, who is doing all the administration, as I am pretty sure that this will take us over the 200 participants mark. Amazing! I would have been happy with 100 and then 150 but now 200 is remarkable.
Quilts UK at Malvern is only a few weeks away now but unfortunately, we won’t be making the journey this year. However I have been very fortunate in that my friend Sue has already delivered her fantastic appliqued bed quilt as well as my two entries, to Grosvenor Exhibitions, in Lincolnshire. This has taken the usual headache out of sending them by post, which is always a worry, until you know they are safely delivered.
I am, however, looking forward to the following month and the National Championships at Sandown, which I will be attending. I will have three items in the various categories and am so pleased to learn that Grosvenor Exhibitions are donating all the entry fees from the ‘In the Pink’ Theme category, to a Breast Cancer Charity. I am sure it will be well supported and I look forward to seeing all the different ideas, people come up with.
I will be there on the Sunday and already know that there will be a coach coming up from East Sussex and I am hoping that the Isle of Wight ladies, I met a couple of years back, will also be making their regular visit. So, this being the case, I look forward to meeting some of you there.