The Quilts UK event at the Three Counties Showground is a huge success

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PATCHWORKERS, quilters, embroiderers and crafters headed to the Malvern Hills in the final four days of Quilts UK.

Quilts UK is an inspirational, annual exhibition of sewing, craft and quilt competition, held each May at the Three Counties Showground. Filled with a wonderful display of stunning and amazing quilts and textile art, from miniature to king size, made by amateurs and experts alike. And that’s not all !

Dozens of helpful and friendly retailers showcased their wares, in well-stocked, colorful and beautifully laid out stalls. Offering patchwork and quilting fabrics, craft and sewing books, sewing machines, haberdashery, sewing fabrics, sewing tools and notions, block printing, marbling of fabric, felt crafts, fabric printing, beads and buttons, plus fabulous kits and patterns – a veritable cornucopia of craftsmanship and creativity.

Debbie Harris, from Debbie Harris Designs

Also, a wonderful opportunity to meet and catch up with the many sewing and crafting friends we may not have seen in a while. And to watch and learn from close-up demonstrations – and to “try” for yourself too.

Yvonne McAtamney, Village Fabrics

Yvonne McAtamney, Village Fabrics

Organized by Grosvenor Exhibitions, who run similar competitive quilt shows across the UK, Quilts UK is a long-running, highly regarded and incredibly popular show.

And that has been missed a lot in the last two years of Covid. Ironically, crafts of all kinds flourished and increased during our closures, so visitors to the fair were no doubt delighted to stock up on their depleted supplies.

Sue Belton Prize for a Sampler Quilt: Shipton Sampler by Sue Watters

Sue Belton Prize for a Sampler Quilt: “Shipton Sampler” by Sue Watters

While many incredibly talented and dedicated retailers also offer impressive, high-quality online service, there are still those who prefer to offer their products on a much smaller, more local scale. And all welcome to the living room.

So there’s hardly anything more enjoyable for a sewing and crafting enthusiast than taking a trip to a show like Quilts UK.

Under 16 Quilt Award: Many Hearts Make a School by Pencombe School

Under 16 Quilt Award: “Many Hearts Make a School” by Pencombe School

It’s a fabulous location, with stunning views, at the foot of the Malvern Hills. And an extremely enjoyable day, whether you are visiting alone or visiting the show with friends. By the end of the day, you will probably have made several new friends as well.

Judges' Merit: Christopher Wilson-Tate Quilt by Jo Colwill

Judges’ Merit: “Christopher Wilson-Tate Quilt” by Jo Colwill

The show takes place undercover, so don’t worry about inclement weather. And with plenty of seating outside too, if the sun is shining. There is ample free parking, with disabled parking directly outside the site. With helpful staff on hand to guide you and ensure that your arrival and visit to the show is a very pleasant experience.

Themed Quilt Prize (3rd Place): Flower Border by Claire Tinsley

Themed Quilt Prize (3rd Place): “Flower Border” by Claire Tinsley

Plus a variety of on-site food and beverage retailers, and even a newsagent. A bag deposit and a coat deposit too. All this for a relaxing, stress-free and very pleasant day.

The Quilt Room Award for Piecing: The Colors of Love, by Helen Burnham

The Quilt Room Award for Piecing: “The Colors of Love”, by Helen Burnham

There is a huge buzz of excitement, happiness and beaming smiles on everyone’s faces during the show. It is a real happiness. Meet the people behind websites and storefronts, chat with designers and manufacturers, see and feel the quality and wide variety of their offerings, watch demos up close, try products and concepts for yourself and ask for personalized advice. This is an invaluable opportunity – and one not to be missed.

If you enjoyed your visit to Quilts UK, or missed this time around and want to catch a future Grosvenor show at the Three Counties Showground, the good news is that next is the Autumn Show.

Held Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, the Malvern Fall Show will feature a wide selection of non-competitive quilts and will again welcome a variety of traders and food vendors.

For more information visit grosvenorshows.co.uk

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