Quiltfest 2017

Quiltfest 2017 was a great success!

  • ‘Utterly amazing’
  • ‘Such a spectacle’
  • ‘Excellent quality and variety’
  • ‘An inspirational, beautifully displayed exhibition and well worth the journey from Wimbledon’.

These were only some of the comments made by hundreds of visitors at Quiltfest 2017 in June held at Badminton School.  Bristol Quilters triennial exhibition was a success from the opening on Thursday 1st of June until closing time on Saturday.

The atmosphere was buzzing, the weather was sunny (mostly), and the work of Bristol Quilters was hugely admired and creatively displayed in various rooms throughout Badminton’s elegant buildings.

There was the ever popular sales table with handmade items by members, demonstrations by some of our well known and not so well known quilters. The Tombola raised £754 for a local children’s charity The Jessie May Trust. Plus we had a display of baby quilts; we make these throughout the year for Southmead and St. Michael’s NICU wards. When visitors were exhausted, they stopped and relaxed with friends over a cup of tea and a delicious homemade cake.

The exhibition committee would like to thank you all for coming and helping to make it a very successful event.

Sue Wakefield (Chair Bristol Quilters Exhibition Committee)

Visitors were asked to vote for their favourite item and the three which attracted the most votes (in alphabetical order and pictured below) were:-

Cathedral Windows by Jo Clymo

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Roses are Red by Sandie Lush

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Woodland Strippy by Lynne Quinn

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There were other quilts that attracted a significant number of votes and we decided to recognise them as ‘Highly Commended’:-

Liberty Squares by Christine Franklin

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New York Beauty by Ceri Price-Ball

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Tangram Activity by Raita Sawyer

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Bristol Quilters Members’ Challenge 2016

This is the result of the Chinese Whispers Chair’s Challenge which I issued in 2016.  Five teams took part.

The first person received a photograph and had a month in which to produce a quilt inspired by the photo.  It might be from all or part of the picture, or perhaps the shapes or colours – anything really.

The second person only received the quilt, not the photo, and made their piece based only on that.

Each member only saw the work of the previous person.

When the work of the whole team is revealed it is fascinating to trace the ideas – some more easily than others!


The teams were:

  1.  Sorcha Torrens, Natalie Taylor, Kathy Eagle, Sandy Hathaway, Sharon Hankins, Ann Moody


This was the photo which Sorcha received and the results which followed:


The second team was:

Ruth Case, Sue Norman, Jo Clymo, Chris Porter, Mary-Jane Hutchinson, Pat Hooper


Ruth started from this photo

               The third team was:

3.  Trish Aldrick, Rosy Manns, Paddy Henessy, Ceri Price-Ball, Margaret McGregor,  Margaret Scott

Trish got this photo and these are the results:


The fourth team was:

Debby Bird, Dianne Southcombe, Carol Clark, Helen Clark, Liz Hewitt, Dylis Thornton

Debby started with this photo:



The final group was:

Stephanie Crawford, Helen Thomas, Barbara Hillier, Jackie Powell, Karen Devenold

Starting with this photo:


I hope you agree that they are fascinating!


Watch this space for a report from Sue Wakefield, Quiltfest Chair, which will be coming soon.