Sunday, 26 October 2014

Harrogate quilt festival

I mentioned in my last post that I picked up some of the supplies I needed for Louise's quilt at the Harrogate quilt festival, but I realised I haven't shown you any photos from it yet. It's held at the end of August and me and my quilting friends always make the annual pilgrimage over to Yorkshire. As usual, there were some stunning quilts on display and here are some of my favourites.

Cosmos - Stephanie Parker

Life Challenge - Maggie Taylor

Colour Wheel - Liz Merckel

Late Bloomers - Elaine Vickers

Dreamcatcher: caught a dream - Birgit Schueller

Sunrise - Josephine Bardsley

Storytime - Carole Galbraith

Elephant walk - Anne-Marie Tye

Rainbow in the Dark - Claudia Taeubert

New York Beauties - Mary Ranby

Fireworks - Susan Lax

Harry's Quilt - Kathleen Burrow

Although lots of these quilts received rosettes, none of them were crowned Best in Show which just shows how subjective the decision is. I'd struggle to choose one favourite but I do have a soft spot for the last one and the miniature elephant quilt. Which would you choose?


Yesterday we went for dinner at Sue and Gordon's for 'Welsh Night'. We've invited them over twice now for Burns Night (see here and here) and enjoyed it so much that, this year, we thought we'd try doing something to celebrate other parts of the UK. October was chosen for Welsh Night as it's the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas tomorrow. We ate a traditional lamb cawl and I presented Sue with a bouquet of flowers and leeks! Great food and lots of laughs.

This morning I've baked a new cake recipe, Harvest spiced apple, from my favourite Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook and can't wait to try it later - it smells so good!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x


  1. Great quilts, they are all work of art and I'd be hard pressed to choose one over the other but I think I'd choose Late Bloomers as I've never seen undies on a quilt before!! Welsh night sounds a good idea; Scotland has Burns Night and St Patrick's Day is quite big so why not celebrate Wales in the same way! x

  2. These quilts are amazing and I would have thought all were worthy winners. I have to say I have a soft spot for Late Bloomers as it is just so fun.

  3. Hello Julie

    Amazing quilts, with such vibrant colours. I can't begin to imagine the hours it must take to complete a quilt, thousands and thousands, but what an achievement. I love the Late Bloomers one as I've not seen anything like it.

    Enjoy your Harvest Spiced Cake, it sounds delicious.


  4. Amazing and stunning!!! And what wonderful celebrations!!!

  5. What an amazing collection of quilts. The first one, Cosmos, has to be my favourite! Harvest Spiced Apple Cake sounds interesting :)

  6. Oh my gosh, I love ALL of these quilts!! Now, I PRETENDED that someone had told me that I could have only ONE of these quilts, which would I choose...and I think I would most like to live with the first one, the COSMOS one...only because the BLUES in that make me very happy! But I will be honest, I really like every one of them.
    And I would like that cake too!!

  7. The quilts are gorgeous, Julie! Thanks for sharing the photos. I love the elephant walk one too, because of its vibrant colors, also fireworks. But I love them all!

  8. Those quilts are so beautiful, the late bloomers one made me giggle though! Love the sound of spiced apple cake, sounds so yummy and cosy.
    Marianne x

  9. Have been to this show a few years back, and they are stunning...allot of hard work.