Quilt and Stitch Village

It sounds like the start of a joke, an Anglian, a Bristolian, a Yorkshireman, a Canadian and a Scot walk into a racecourse… By the way isn’t it time there was a non-gender specific word for someone who comes from Yorkshire? I think so.

So yesterday Ange, Reene, Susan, Katy and I went on the World’s shortest road trip to the Quilt and Stitch Village show in Uttoxeter. Some of the quilts were fugly (OK quite a lot), so here’s some photos of the nicer ones or where I liked the pattern but maybe not the fabrics, and some close-ups of the features I liked on quilts that weren’t necessarily my style overall.




This pixel quilt kicked Mr Fry’s ass…












If anyone wants any names, titles and stories for these quilts, I can try and find them in my programme. We recognised this one as being Katy Jones‘ Hexy MF…


Of course my quilt was there (photo nicked from Susan on Instagram-@canadianabroad)- and even though it hung atrociously- despite my attempts at squaring it up-it was apparently the most examined quilt according to a woman who worked there…


And Katy’s  frankly MASSIVE Madrona Road quilt…


And then eventually we got to Ange‘s which was with the DO NOT PHOTOGRAPH Amish quilts quite randomly at the other side of the complex…


And I bought some swag, some of this will be a prize very soon for Giveaway Day next Monday (May Day bank holiday, woooo!).


It was a really fun day, I don’t know how we would have spent the 4-5 hour duration of our visit there without workshops, but somehow with enough gassing (and laughing at the solitary red pixel quilt with the awful thread colour) we managed it. And we went round the trade stalls twice, to make sure informed purchasing decisions were being made…

And then because I don’t hate brown and believe it has a place as much as any other colour (and some Instagram discussions that were going on between Susan, Ange and Hadley) I ended up being the butt of jokes about traditional fabrics and such. I’m going to make a modern BROWN quilt, that’ll show ’em! I have got a design in mind actually, I just need a feature colour to go in the centre of all things brown. You know, cos I have enough time to make the squillions of ideas in my head that have been promised to magazines. I think a sewing week off work may be in order before the FQ Retreat.

I’ve gone through the Modern Blocks book and lets just say there are a lot of brown blocks in there as examples so I think I’m in good company!


  1. Rose Smith
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I went to this on the Saturday. As a newbie to sewing, who’s yet to start my first quilt, I was totally in awe at the quilts! I thought most of them were stunning! But I guess that’s the amateur in me! Lol!

  2. Posted April 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a fun day out. Stephen Fry looks fab and I love Katy Jones’ hexies! My daughter is at HYMS and they call the ‘Yorkshiremen’ Yorkies…

  3. Posted April 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing the quilts, it sounds like a great show. And good for you for putting your quilt in it. I like brown and have made a few modern brown pieces. Now I am making a modern looking half brown pickle dish, at least I hope it is modern looking. I look forward to seeing your brown quilt.

  4. Posted April 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    We did relentlessly rib you all afternoon about your love of brown, but i think the agreement was only shades of brown young lady, maybe with one contrast! I think you’re up to the challenge, and i can’t wait to see what you make, go on, prove us ne’er sayers wrong!
    That guinea pig is still my absolutely favourite part of the show by a mile.
    There was some real talent on show, but it would have been lovely to see some of them made in lighter, brighter colours, if only to lift the spirits, the application of skill was amazing on some of them!!! :o)

  5. Tanya
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Yay – your quilt looks fab there…. sounds like a fun (if slightly brown) day!!! x

  6. Posted April 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Well technically an Irishman rather than a Scot (and when you find the gender neutral version of Yorkshireman you can let me know how to apply it to Irish 😉 ) Perched on the edge of my seat for the brown…

  7. Posted April 30, 2013 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    Such beautiful quilts! Thank you for sharing! I love your pixelated one, that is on my to try quilting list!

  8. Posted April 30, 2013 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Oh wow, thanks for all the photos, almost as good (and maybe cheaper!) than being there!

  9. Posted April 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    It was a great day out and that was entirely due to the great company. Thank you!

  10. Posted April 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Mr Fry looks fab, you are officially being a wet sausage! Do you think Ange asked for hers to be in the NO PHOTOGRAPHS area? Do you think she’s secretly a shrinking wallflower??? No, me neither! Speaking of which, no photography rather than Ange, that really winds me up! What’s the point of displaying a quilt you’ve made if you don’t want people to take photos of it?

  11. Posted May 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Wish I could have been there——–and thank you for including a picture of my quilt :o)
    I forgot to ask someone to take a picture for me.

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