The quilts were split into two categories – one was entirely open and
the other had the theme of “The Sea”. The 29 quilts that were in the open section covered so many
themes – traditional to modern, hand pieced, machine pieced, hand quilted, appliquéd – but they
were all beautifully crafted. The 15 quilts in the Sea category also covered all disciplines.
These quilts had the added challenge of a size restriction, though this actually encouraged some
new quilters to “give it a go – how hard can a 2’ quilt be?” Well, I have to tell you that the lady
who posed that question won! Barbara and her daughter collaborated to make their quilt “Rockpool”
– they were so surprised to see one of the daily rosettes on their quilt on the day they visited.
As usual, we had a “visitors’ choice” style of judging and each day the top choice in each category
received a rosette. This year, it was extremely close between quilts, often with only one vote separating
1st and 2nd place for the day. On Monday, all the votes were added together to give the overall winners.
We gathered outside the tea rooms late Monday afternoon and, working in reverse order, Stuart
(co-owner of Cae Hir Gardens) announced the winners. In the Sea category, 3rd place went to quilt number
9 “Seaside Landscape” by Shelia Philips – a unique design of a hidden cove. Sheila won a £25.00 gift voucher
to spend at Cae Hir Gardens. Quilt number 6 “Sashiko Koi Carp” came 2nd and was a fine example of Sashiko
stitching. Sue Garstang won a £25.00 gift voucher to spend at Karen’s Quilts. As mentioned earlier, quilt
number 14 “Rockpool” won 1st place and Barbara and her daughter received a year’s subscription to British
Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.
For the open competition, Stuart announced that quilt 29 “Welcome Home” by Lorraine Baldwin won
the 3rd prize of a 3-month subscription to Just Hands-on TV. Barbara Atkinson won 2nd place with
quilt number 1 “Summer Days” – she received a £50.00 gift voucher to spend at Calico Kate's. Quilt
number 26 “Over the Rainbow” by Rose Thorn won a hamper of sewing goodies from Mez Crafts, worth
approximately £150.00. You had to be there to hear the squeal of delight from Rose when she realised
it was her, and you couldn’t help but share in her pure delight at winning!
We open the challenge to you all for 2019! The theme for the small quilts (2’ x 2’) will be “Celebration”.
If this is not for you, or you prefer to do something bigger, we will also have a non-themed section.
As you may have noticed on your judging sheet, we always ask how you heard about our event. One answer
was “Instinct, quilters always know where the quilts are.” So here’s hoping that your instinct will get to
you to enter a quilt and then bring you back to enjoy beautiful quilts in these lovely gardens next year.
Thank you one and all for participating – those of you who entered a quilt, all of you who came to admire
them and to the companies who provided the prizes – Mez Crafts, Calico Kate, British Patchwork and Quilting,
Just Hands-on TV, Cae Hir Gardens and Karen’s Quilts. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019.