Monday, 14 April 2014

More from the Conference

There is always a lot going on at the conference, the only snag being that you can't do everything. There are lectures, workshops, outings, sit and sew Linus quilts, demonstrations, tables for special interest groups, meetings for people who are collecting quilt stories or new to conference, displays of teacher's quilts, challenge quilts, traders,sewing machine demonstrators including long arms, fundraising ventures such as a splendid Chinese auction and bag and postcard tombolas. Oh and a wonderful gala dinner with a lovely grace said at the beginning, a table prize, a quiz and a dress theme. American quilter, Patti Hempen, came over to give the after dinner speech and to teach. This year, of course, the conference theme was "Navy Days". Throughout the weekend there were lots of volunteers wearing stripy tops and sailor's caps. No pirates though.

The opening ceremony.

Gill Turley's talk.

Linus blocks sewn together

Tiggy Rawlings' teacher quilt,
with lovely kantha stitching.

Christine Restall's lecture. I have always noticed her
pear quilts at shows but now know she does much

The amazing Jan Hazzard
speaking and showing
a huge number of
dazzling quilts.

Patty Hempen's teacher quilt

The masts of Nelson's ship the "Victory" rise up as I go past
on the bus (fantastic public transport in Portsmouth).

1 comment:

Julie Fukuda said...

Wish I could have been a little mouse in the corner. Sounds like a splendid time was had by all.