On Saturday I visited my favourite quilt shop, Midsomer Quilting in Chilcompton, Radstock. They always have quilts on display and regularly run exhibitions. We had planned our visit this time to coincide with the Man Made Quilting exhibition.
One of the men exhibiting a quilt usually makes kites and before we went into the shop I watched the kites that he was flying in the meadow. Unfortunately I can't remember his name.
The quilt below is called Steering by Stars and was made by Peter Hayward. Each quilter wrote a bit about their quilt in the programme so I'm give you their comments. Peter wrote "this quilt took me over a year to make, and was awarded second place in its category at the annual Quilt Festival in Houston, as well as the Viewers Choice prize (just as my 'Lone Star Explores Space' had been before.) The quilt was also winner of the 'Best in Show' at the 2018 Spanish Patchwork Festival. The starting point for the quilt was the traditional Mariner's Compass pattern, but a couple of extra cardinal points somehow sneaked themselves into the central shape, and so I ended up with what you see now."
Manly by Pete Dell is the quilt below and he writes "For the first 65 years of my life I'd not really done any sewing apart from fixing my wife's machine as needed. Last year she decided to have a go at quilting and I got involved with the process of layout etc, had a play with the sewing machine and found it quite fun. I accompanied her to MQ where I met Chris and was encouraged to have a try. I then searched for a design that was 'manly' and not too complicated and eventually found the design I made. The fabrics really grabbed my attention and I think the whole thing looks like a stained-glass window. It may be my first quilt but it won't be my last!"