As well as all the many fantastic quilts on display there are lots of trade stands. So many fabrics to tempt as well as every accessory you can think of, ribbons, buttons, books, and threads, not to mention all the sewing and quilting machines. It has to be said that my purse is somewhat lighter than when I went but everything in my bag definitely said "buy me"! My head is buzzing with ideas and really when I think of them all I think I was quite restrained!
I was so annoyed with myself though for not checking the camera last night, the battery lasts so long that I didn't think about charging it and regretably I didn't get anywhere near the number of photos I would have liked. Especially annoying as I didn't even realise it had a low battery until it totally ran out! Never mind, I do have a few pictures to show you, although I realised I don't have all the exhibition numbers so can't tell you who they were by.
|So many different blocks in this one.|
|The way the patterns interact really attracted me to this one.|
|This was so eye catching.|
|Loved the detail in these little smocked dresses.|
|How about this fella?|
|This one was all knitted!|
|The detail here was wonderful but the photo doesn't really do it justice.|
Boys start learning this work at age 8 and by 18 are at their peak, sadly by 41 most have to give up due to failing eyesight caused by poor light. Two men had come over with the exhibition to demonstrate and they were truly amazing. I have never seen anyone sew so fast! The outlines of the design were drawn on the cloth and they would pick up small random shaped pieces, then roughly turn the edges under to fit as they stitched. I have to say that when I applique I spend ages cutting the pieces carefully with just the right seam allowance and I think most of us probably do the same. Now I am thinking perhaps it isn't quite as important.