Had a grand day out at Uttoxeter Racecourse a couple of weeks ago with the Solihull Embroiderers' Guild . visiting the British Quilt & Stitch Village. Its a great little quilt and textile show, very accessable and much more do-able in a day than the Festival of Quilts at the NEC which although I really enjoy, always find so overwhelming and you just can't do it all in day. The show was previously owned and run by Margaret McQuillen of MQ Exhibitions but it is now owned by TPL exhibitions who have made much more use of the whole racecourse by exhibiting in the outer buildings and pavillions turning it into a 'village'. The show began life as "Quilts in the Garden" at Trentham Gardens in the north Midlands, and has gone from strength to strength now including complementary crafts such as embroidery, beadwork, felting, printing and mixed-media, in fact anything to do with stitch.
The exciting thing for me was I got the chance to exhibit some of my own work at the show as a member of Running Stitch Textile Group who are a group of seven textile artists who meet and exhibit regularly. It was a great opportunity for us to show some of our work in advance of the exhibition we are holding at Solihull Arts Complex in September. Above is one of my own pieces which I had previously exhibited as part of my degree course at Solihull College. The Cycle of Life is in response to the endless cycle of washing and laundry that seems such an intrinsic part of a woman's life but also a wry comment on the trials and tribulations of advancing middle age.
|The Cycle of Life - Jacqui Thomson (Quilted Pillowcase)|
|The Cycle of Life (detail)|
|Curves - Jacqui Thomson |
More work below from Running Stitch. Apologies to Julie & Anne whose work was brilliant but did not photograph well because of the reflections on the glass frames.
|The Cottage - Pat Kravos|
|Sunset 2 - Helen Wallis|
Around the show there were some beautiful quilts and textile art works on display and here is a selection of some of my favourite pieces.
There were also lots of traders at the show so managed to bag myself some fabulous fat quarters and a beautiful basket from The African Fabric Shop which I thought would be useful in my sewing room to store some of my stash of fabrics or SABLE.
Finished off with a quick gallop round the racecourse ....
....and into the winner's enclosure to finish our grand day out at the races.