Tessa gives us a taste of this year's Loch Lomond Quilt Show from a PP member's perspective.
When asked by Katy if I would consider doing a readers review of the
quilt show in Loch Lomond the first thing that came to mind was.... great now I
can go nuts with the digital camera. As
it turned out my photos numbered only half of what my partner took...and he was
just the designated driver. With well
over 300 photos, its obvious I have a few favourites.
Gillian chatting with admirers
Ive been to three quilt shows since I returned to England five years
ago (all of course with designated driver) and have realised a distinct difference
between them. The Harrogate show was
lovely being all under one roof. The
beautiful old church of Cartmel Priory was an incredibly peaceful setting to
show off some wonderful quilts. The Loch
Lomond quilt show had the best of both worlds.
Exiled English Rose quilt by Helen Allan
Spread out between several local villages, the artwork and craft of
hundreds of quilters were displayed under many roofs, most of the venues being
churches. Of the 13 venues we were
fortunate enough to visit eight, the last being St. Patricks Church Hall otherwise
known as Traders Village. Just had to
stop in and see the boss you see.
Channel Crossing by Gill Turley
Our first visit was the Vale of Leven Baptist Church in the village of
Alexandria where I had the opportunity to meet Popular Patchworks very own
Gillian Cooper. We had an enjoyable
chat, Gillian explaining the reasoning behind her new series of work,
Shelter. Her original concept was based
on that of a cocoon, a place of safe haven, a feeling of being protected. I feel her stand of artwork was very
colourful and extremely impressive.
In that same church I was mesmerised by the detailed hand work of one
wall hanging quilt called An Exiled English Rose. This quilt, a competition winner, was created by Helen Allan of Edinburgh. As stated on the explanation card beside the
quilt, A totally original design using hand dyed fabrics, hand applique,
completely hand quilted and embellished with beads.
September Collection by Carol Judge
Amongst my other many favourites was a quilt entitled, Channel
Crossing done by Gill Turley. Gill used
the Manx Log Cabin technique, which I had never heard of before, but now
realize that the blocks are made from folded strips of fabric and then hand
sewn. You learn something new every day,
well at least I seem to. Another admired
quilt was in the Renton Trinity Church. This one called Honey Comb consisted of
9,797 hexagons. What a stunning piece of
art. And then there was Moon Magic by
Rosie Furlong, also at Renton. Oh the
time and patience in her quilts...such amazing handiwork.
Moon Magic by
All in all I think the one quilt that really struck home with me, being
the displaced Canadian as I am, was Carol Judges September Collection. Within the borders of this quilt all done in
beautiful earth tone shades were the
patterns of Flying Geese, Evergreen Trees, the infamous Bears Paw and the well
known Log Cabin. No matter how much
cajoling or begging I did, Carol was not going to parcel it up and mail to my
The Loch Lomond quilt show, in my mind, was a huge success. I enjoyed every minute of it and would highly
recommend to anyone. For anyone who didnt enjoy it, take my advice, get the
right designated driver. I did and
didnt I do well.