Thursday, 18 August 2011

A visitor's review of the 2011 HOKH Maidstone Quilt Show

HOKH Maidstone Quilt Show at The Friars, July 2011

Going into the North Barn at The Friars to see the quilts on display over the last weekend of July was like going into Aladdin’s Cave. Hanging from the walls, festooned on ropes and rafters across the roof-space, lovingly unrolled on tables and tops, the quilts’ blaze of glory stunned us as we came through the wide doors.

More than thirty years have passed since I’ve done any quilting, so I looked with fresh eyes at all that was on display. The colours created a banquet for the eyes. We were awed by the craft, the wit, and the sharp skill of the quilters whose work was offered to us. Some quilts were touching: the nurturing, enveloping warmth of soft quilts made for babies and children; some were almost private, depicting family in-jokes with names and figures from families unknown to us; others were sweepingly universal, with blazing trees and fiery sunsets. Some were traditional, with familiar and beautifully old-fashioned designs; while others were daringly original with unexpected flashes of humour or clashes of colour.

My friend and I had only a few miles to come for this show, but I would go much farther to see such an exceptional exhibition another time. Congratulations to all who worked so incredibly hard and in such detailed ways to make the HOKH quilt show such a success in 2011.

Lizzie Ballagher

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

2011 HOKH Maidstone Quilt Show Results

A big thanks to everyone for making this the best ever show!  Take a look at the slideshow to see the magnificent quilts on display.  The weather was glorious and the mood was bubbly.  The whole event resulted in a cheque to the Heart of Kent Hospice for £5100!!

Winners of our raffle as follows:  1st prize to Ann Hill, 2nd prize to Sheldon, 3rd prize to Steve Coates
Congratulations and hope you love and cherish these beautiful quilts.

Visitor's choice winner was number 9, Memories by Claudia Taylor.  The quilting is superb and unfortunately the photos do not do it the justice deserved.  I did try to take several photos in order that all the detail could be appreciated.

Thanks also go to all the volunteers for their hard work and enthusiasm.  Without them the show just couldn't go on.

Hope to see everyone again next year.  Dates are a month later, 31st August - 2nd September 2012 in the North Barn, Aylesford Priory, Aylesford, Kent.  If you are entering an exhibit, please make sure you get your form in early to avoid disappointment.  Numbers are restricted.

If anyone has taken photos of the show, please email me so that I can post them on the blog.  I'm sure everyone would love to see them.