I was a bit disappointed this year to see that the Young Quilters' and Young Embroiderers' quilts were being displayed in the far corner of Hall 9 instead of alongside the main quilt displays. I think the idea was probably to site the quilts next to the Childrens Workshop area but they were in danger of being missed. Happily I ventured across and was delighted by the imaginative work I saw.
Clodagh Leavy from Meath in Ireland made Happy Hot Air Balloons High in the Sky as part of the Transport theme. I love the little houses and I love the idea of happy balloons. (Age 9-11 category).
Another quilt from Ireland in the 9-11 age group, Travel In Style by Dora Wynne-Morgan won third prize.
The children of Mother of Fair Love Special School in Kilkenny Ireland made this prizewinning quilt with its cradle to the grave journey.
This joyful quilt was made in my region by Rufford Primary School and is described as 'A mix of everything we can do. Embroidery, embellishing, printing, weaving, photography......a riot of techniques, colour and materials. We (had) fun creating it!'
Another joyful quilt with every form of transport imaginable. (Sorry, I don't know who made it).
This wonderful shirt and the group below were inspired by Gaudi and a visit to Barcelona where the pupils of The Chase, Malvern heard how Gaudi was knocked down and killed by a tram. Gaudi's philosophy was 'Waste nothing' and the children used recycled shirts and scrap fabrics for thier work based on the mosaics in Parc Guell.
I love the vitality and fun in all these young people's quilts. I don't know what the young people thought about the location of their work but I for one hope they are placed in a more obvious spot next year.