2015 Challenge: Poetry, Rhyme and Verse
The Midsomer Quilting annual challenge and exhibition of 12 x 12 quilts has begun! As you probably know, this has become a regular part of the calendar at MQ and is something I always look forward to. It runs everyday from Friday 4th December until 21st December, 10.30am until 4.00pm
This year is the first time I have ever managed to see the exhibition in person, (up until now I have always been away, so have had to wait for the pictures of the quilts to be uploaded on the MQ website) and I was so impressed with the marvelous work on display. The quilt above is my personal favourite. However, the entire gallery of quilts looks amazing - over 160 quilts have been hung with great care and consideration to ensure every one of them is shown to its best. I know how much time and effort Chris puts in to the whole event - and his encouragement and commitment to giving people the opportunity to show their work is remarkable. Thanks, Chris.
Another wonderful thing about this annual event is the generosity it brings about. Many people donate their beautiful little quilts to this exhibition to be put up for sale in a secret auction that runs throughout the exhibition. The proceeds of the auction are donated to the superb local hospice charity, Dorothy House. Click on the logo below to find out more about Dorothy House.
All visitors are offered the opportunity to own any of the little quilts that are marked FOR SALE by placing a secret bid into a special box. The highest bid for each quilt, placed by 21st December (the last day of opening before Christmas) will become the owner of the the quilt - a very special and unique piece of original artwork.
This year's theme has clearly provided lots of inspiration. Entries have been sent from all over the world - the only stipulation is that to enter a quilt you must have some connection with the shop. This year's quilts have been made by ladies, gentlemen and young people. The youngest entrant is just 5 and a half years old. I met her on Friday and she is delightful (we had a brief chat about flying back and forth to Johannesburg!) Look out for her lovely Fairy quilt with beautiful blanket stitch using metallic thread!
Positively old in comparison, there are entries from two lovely sisters aged 8 and 10; keep your eyes peeled for Incy Wincy Spider climbing up his water spout and the cute little witch from 'Room on the Broom'. Finally another 10 year old young lady (who will be taking her turn at stewarding too!) has created a really brilliant quilt about a 'special' jumper..... find it and read the poem. You will see what I mean!!
Isn't it great that there is such a diverse group of people making quilts ?
I hope you have enjoyed seeing just a few of the quilts from the exhibition - if you do make it to Midsomer Quilting you will be amazed!! If you can't make it though - Chris from MQ will be putting a gallery of pictures onto their website in the next few weeks.
Thanks for looking!