Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Another fabulous exhibition!

Last weekend was our exhibition 'Sew Beautiful' in the Walcote Memorial Hall in Walcote.  Ruth, Judy and Rebecca organised it (with a little help from everyone else!) and did a wonderful job.  

Here is the sign outside the hall to welcome everyone.  The hall is a little difficult to find, but we put lots of signs and an A board up to direct people.  I think it must have worked as we had about 275 visitors in all!  

Inside the door was the welcoming committee, giving out Visitors' Choice slips and selling raffle tickets for our splendid celebration cake. 

Here it is - completely inedible!  Twelve lucky people won a slice. 

For those who didn't want to win fabric, Holłie was asking how many cotton reels were in the jar, and raffling a lovely pink cushion too. 

There were also prizes to be won on the tombola, bags, pouches, purses, toys, patterns and all manner of goodies. 

We were very lucky to have 'Hannah's Room' as our trader, and Roxana did us proud with her lovely display.  Her batik fabrics are beautiful, and I think she tempted lots of us to take some home. 

The members sales table was in the same room, and was groaning with fabric, books and home made items.  Di and Gill worked hard to try and keep everything under control.  

And here are some of the 100 quilts.  They ranged from small to giant, and everything inbetween.  

Another section of the display. 

So much to see. 

The variety was amazing. 

We struggled to display all the quilts, but did our very best.  

And we made sure our charity and community activities were represented, with Project Linus quilts, quilts for the elderly and fiddle cushions all displayed.  Several people were interested in the fiddle cushions, and thought they would be very useful for either relatives or friends.

The refreshments area was moved into the main hall, so that there was easy access to the kitchen.  This seemed to work well.  We decorated the screens with some of our bobbin bunting - very suitable. The cakes were a particular draw, as you can't beat a home made cake! 
Everyone who visited was complimentary about the show and well they might be.  The organisers had put lots of effort into making sure the weekend ran smoothly, and the group pulled together to welcome, share and encourage.  
But what of the Visitors' Choice?  
First prize went to Liz for her fabulously constructed and quilted design. 

Second prize to Hazel for her quilt made by several generations of her family and incorporating old lace and tatting completed by family members.  It doesn't show up very well on this photo, sorry. 

And third prize for Chris for both her quilts.  Would you believe that both of the quilts she had entered tied for third prize?  What are the odds of that happening!  She looks quite pleased. 

For the smaller items, Ann got first prize with her 'Oh to be tall and thin', Out of Africa, Pam second prize with her springtime wall hanging, 

And Maria was awarded third prize with her chickens.  Worthy winners.  Although every item in the show was chosen by someone, as the standards were very high.  Many thanks to all who helped make our exhibition so successful and so enjoyable, and here's to 2017! 

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