Diary dates: a quilt show is coming to town (and we can’t wait!)

Reflections of Parracombe quilt 2

Oh happy days! Don’t you just love it when you get to see beautiful quilts on display in person? Even more so when you have the time to get close up and admire every last stitch and quilted detail. In a few weeks we’ll be doing just that, right here in Bristol at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show.

Last year’s event saw Jo Colwill‘s Reflections of Parracombe quilt scoop the event’s award for Best in Show by a Professional. You can see her quilt pictured above, as seen in Today’s Quilter. We can’t wait to see the creations on display this year.

The 3-day-show will be packed with 80 quilt galleries, daily demos, workshops and jam-packed quilt competitions. For the first time in 2017, the show will also include a junior section, with young quilters’ creations being shown alongside those of the best professionals and amateurs in the event’s prestigious quilt comps. You can also top up your skills while you’re there: the masterclasses on offer including eco printing and weaving.

Some of the biggest names in UK textiles will be sharing their secrets at the show, including:

  • Chrissie Juno-Mann from the Royal School of Needlework
  • Sallieann Harrison with her Punchneedle embroidery technique
  • Margaret Beale, one of the pioneers of fabric fusing
  • Debby Bird, Bristol based textile artist

The Quilt Show takes place at the University of the West of England Exhibition Centre from 1 – 3 September 2017. Tickets cost is £11, children under 16 are free. Today’s Quilter readers can get a £2 discount on your ticket – quote code TQ7 when you book. Find out more at  www.westcountryquiltshow.co.uk

West Country Quilts main pic