Now, I have done a little bit of random quilting in my time, just basic stuff, but enjoyable none-the-less, but this exhibition has given me so much inspiration and the urge to do more as soon as I can!
I must apologise for my rubbishy photos, the lighting in the exhibition played havoc with my phone camera - but it's a really good reason for you to go and view the marvellous quilts yourself.
In the meantime have a look at these beauties.
Just how much detail can you put in a quilt? Amazing.
This one caught my eye, it is a giant shirt made up from collars, cuffs, pockets and yokes of old shirts, held together with threads. Very cleverly done.
I particularly loved these quilted coats. At £6,000 they were a little beyond my budget - but I would have had the rainbow one in the centre. Alas, it was not for sale that one, so my decision was made for me :)
I even got to "meet the maker", the lovely Marijke van Welzen, who was modelling her own work :)
Would you even believe these scenes were actually quilts? No, me neither! Such precision.
These pebble and beach scene pieces really caught my attention too, I just love the formation of the pebbles out of the fabric (then painted with fabric paint). You were not allowed to touch the quilts, but if we were, this would be the one I would want to feel. It looks so tactile.
How unusual is this clock piece? It was very detailed and you need to get up close to see all the marvellous beauty and intricate work.
These pieces are a collaboration of two crafts, a woodwork frame with quilted pieces within. Very clever.
Last but not least, a bit of quilting fun, with a nod to the Cumberland Wrestlers with padded, quilted pants and embroidered vests.
There was loads more than I managed to photograph, including a private collection of very, very old quilts in amazing condition.
If you are near by, do go and visit and see these beautiful pieces for yourself. The exhibition runs until Sun 23rd April, and you can find more details here... https://www.rheged.com/event/new-quilting/