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A patchwork morning

On Friday I went with a friend to the Malvern Patchwork & Quilting show. As a newbie to quilting (I’ve only been doing it 18mths after all!) this was my first ever trip to such an event: I even managed to negotiate a child-free morning with Mr f&f so that I could go. It was like my perfect day!

After checking out all the stalls, we spent quite a lot of time looking at all the quilts. I didn’t get a programme, so forgive me as I am not able to credit the creators, but I would really like to share a couple of them with you (and if anyone happens across the post and can fill in the blanks for me, then please let me know so that I can add their details)

I really liked this star quilt. It had been started by a mum, using scraps left over from dressmaking and crafting, and then eventually finished by her daughter. Some of the stars were scrappy, others more co-ordinated, and the overall effect was just glorious. I think it would make a really nice on-the-move project.

Star quilt exhibited at Malvern Quilt Show 2013 (title and maker unknown)

This medallion-style quilt was really eye-catching. What was really clever about it was that on closer inspection the central panel & co-ordinating border panels were a patterned fabric which had been embellished with machine stitching, really changing the texture of the quilt.

Medallion quilt, exhibited at Malvern Quilt Show 2013 (title & maker unknown)

My favourite quilt from the whole show – and the one I keep coming back to in my mind – is this one;

Friendship Quilt made with 1/4" hexies, exhibited at Malvern Quilt Show 2013 (maker unknown)

I think it was called the Friendship Quilt, as the maker had used scraps given to her by friends.

They’d then been made into 1/4″ hexies – yep, you read right! – to create this beauty!

I cannot begin to imagine how long it took to put this whole thing together, and how fiddly the hexies were! But what memories must be sewn in!

And then to top it all off, it had been quilted by sewing a french knot into each white hexagon. I actually thought they were seed beads to start with!

Friendship Quilt made with 1/4" hexies, exhibited at Malvern Quilt Show 2013 (maker unknown)

This quilt has truly blown me away, the colours, the scale, the detail. Everything about it just seems perfect to me. Although I’m not sure if I’d ever have the patience to make one for myself.

I really enjoyed seeing all the quilts, there were lots of different styles and I’ve even started deliberating if maybe one day I might enter a quilt into a show but I think I’ve got a way to go yet! I’m already looking forward to going again next year!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend,

S x

Today’s sky – overcast and miserable. Boo!


  1. maria
    May 20, 2013 / 4:11 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the show. The hexie quilt is beautiful. Can't believe the hexies are so small. Have you thought of going to The Festival of Quilts in August at the NEC Birmingham. Is worth a visit.

  2. May 20, 2013 / 11:10 pm

    Love those panels in the medallion quilt, would love to see it in person! And the french knots on those tiny hexies are amazing, how were they finished on the back of the quilt? Could you snoop at the backs? I've never been to a quilt show. I'll have to keep my eye out for one now 🙂

  3. May 21, 2013 / 4:52 pm

    The hexagon quilt is amazing! At the risk of sounding a bit thick, is each individual hexagon 1/4 inch wide? It must have taken literally hundreds of hours to make. I am in complete awe of the maker!

  4. Sarah
    May 22, 2013 / 10:39 pm

    The hexie quilt is amazing, and the little French knots are so pretty. So glad you had a good time x