The quilts were all hung on lines under the pine trees. I wasn't organised enough to enter a quilt this year, but I will make an effort to do so next year because it was such a nice day out.
There was a real range of quilting styles on show, from this utterly gorgeous ultra modern quilt (The Snow Queen) by Cherie Gurney (that background is white velvet people - so lush!)…
…to this charmingly kitsch cat quilt (Purrfect Cats) by Wanda Borowicz.
Seriously, how could anyone resist all those cross-stitched cats.
This quilt (Valencia Orange) by Debra De Lorenzo is just full of the most gorgeous Japanese fabrics and is quite light and carefree with its improvisational piecing.
This quilt (Pickled by Rose) by Sheryl Anicich is such an interesting play on the traditional pickle dish block. I really love how she took the fairly subtle aqua accents in that big print which features heavily and used it really effectively with the red/maroon fabrics in the pickle dishes.
I visited the quilt festival with my friend Anne and as we walked around, we took turns describing something positive about every quilt (her idea, but it's such a good one that I have to share it). It might sound obvious, but it was a really great exercise in picking out the features we liked about all the quilts, even those which weren't to our particular tastes. It doesn't mean you can't look at the quilts with a critical eye, it just means that you look for the positives as well.
Next time you go to a quilt show, I challenge you to try it. I think you'll find it surprisingly enjoyable!