The 5th September was an important date in the U3A patchwork group diary; it was our annual trip to the Harrogate quilting show.

We boarded the bus with excitement and anticipation of the delights that were to come and the goodies to buy for our next projects.

We were not disappointed as the quilts and wall hangings on display were of a high standard. Both the modern and traditional gave us inspiration and invoked discussion amongst us. Our personal opinions on the works likes and dislikes, learning from the displays, types of fabrics used and mixed together and colour combinations used.

We were lucky to meet one of the exhibitors and she told us of the hours of work taken to complete one of her commission quilts.

We were like bees buzzing to a honey pot when it came to the choice of fabrics on sale. If you are a quilter or indeed a sewer you will appreciate our excitement being surrounded by beautiful fabric and accessories for our chosen craft. For those of you who follow fashionable trends Tweeds and denim were very much in vogue. We all flashed the cash with pleasure and came home armed with fabric to start our new projects of making single blocks of traditional and ancient patchwork patterns such as tumbling blocks or flying geese. Bring it on Jean!!

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