On Saturday I went to the Ardingly Quilt Show with my friend Helen. This is actually the first quilt show I have been too, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it didn't disappoint - we had a lovely time! After a quick cup of tea we headed into the quilt display room and, wow! So many amazing quilts!! The amount of work that must have gone into them was quite staggering. Honestly, I feel a complete and utter beginner by comparison! I did manage to take some photos but didn't get all the details on the individual quilts, so I'll just quickly share the pics with you.
Look at the handquilting detail on this one - never in a million years will my stitches be as small or neat as this!!
I think this one (above) may have been my favourite.
Most of the quilts were what I would call art quilts - not too many that you could imagine snuggling up under on a bed or sofa, and it wasn't til I got home and looked properly at the programme that I realised, the majority of the quilts had all been made by a fairly small handful of people. Still, it was fascinating to look at them all.
Once we'd finished looking at the quilts, we headed down to the lower floor where all the suppliers' stands were. And it was heaving!! Still, it would have been rude not to buy something (that's what I keep telling myself anyway!) so I did make a little purchase at The Quilt Room's stall:-
A new 6.5" square ruler and a couple of half yards of Lecien fabric, that was just far too pretty to resist. I could have spent a small fortune there, to be honest, but I managed to restrain myself to just this (oh, and a little finger presser gadget that I forgot to take a pic of).
And the best thing of all? I think our little jaunt may have helped to get my sewing mojo back, as it seems to have been a bit quiet recently.