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Over 800 quilts to see but helping on the Creative Quilting stand  meant that time to enjoy this was limited:  two of the winning entries that caught my eye was the Traditional Quilt category won by Philippa Naylor – stunning appliqué and free motion quilting.

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and the Quilt creations category won by an amazing grandfather clock  – so much detail that you would need a whole day to look at this properly;

this category was sponsored by Vivebooks who are the publishers of a new E-book by Chris Porter entitled Sensational Circle Quilts. This is now  available through the shop  as a CD and soon as a  download.


Several of our contributors were busy in the Quilting in Action section:  Angela Madden showed Valerie her very useful feathering tool which allows you to design your own feather wreaths and other shapes –always a traditional favourite and Karin Hellaby has a new book out Sew Simple Hexi-flowers perfect for all those who like handpiecing and as always such a clever idea- both available in the shop




Hilary Beattie was beavering away with her paints and textile stuff (staying quite clean when Valerie wandered by ):  she and Jenny Rolfe have a new book of inspiration as well as a couple of delightful little kits to make hanging Goony bird decorations – all available in the shop


Aurifil were there launching their new 12wt floss (sold out at the show!) together with Shena Norquay – whose lovely work incorporating stitching using this  was on display


Pauline Ineson has a  new bag kit, tissue holders  and sampler pattern to share.(available through the shop)


Linda Seward was there with her new book:  The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting – amazingly comprehensive with over 1000 step-by-step illustrations, and is a must-have for your reference library – complete with projects. (watch out for a free giveaway later in the year)

Jamie at Colouricious was selling out fast with her range of alphabet block stamps –available  in a variety of fonts – as well as the new must-have toy for textile designers – the Gelliplate.   www.colouricious.com


And Parrs-Reel Ruler is a new idea for those whose free-motion quilting needs some help – a range of thick perspex rulers that have a cutout into which the specially adapted free-motion foot will be guided: