Caithness Invades Birmingham!
CQ at The Festival of Quilts
This year I made my first viisit to The festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham. Altogether, 10 CQ members made the trip.
It meant an early rise on Day 1 for the bus to Inverness, and then to the airport for the flight to Birmingham. The plane was pretty crowded, many of them quilters heading to the NEC!
We were staying at the Premier Inn in the city centre. The first night we ate in the hotel and then gathered in one room to set the world to rights.
The next day, Thursday, we were at the NEC for opening at 10am. My first impression was the overwhelming size of the show. I don't think I have ever seen so many quilts, traders and people in one place.
First thing was to check on a quilt entered in the competition by two of our members. It had been pieced by Isobel and quilted by Juliana. No prizes unfortunately, but it was spectacular and I saw it being admired by many people.
I made an effort to purchase everything on my shopping list and achieved most of it by the end of the day. We were all carrying bags on the way back to the hotel! Then we had a brilliant get-together to inspect what everyone had bought. Dinner that night was in a lovely Italian restaurant.
On Sunday half the group went back to the NEC again. Since it was quieter, I had a lovely, leisurely day wandering the stalls, finding some extra can't-miss goodies. I spent the remainder of the day finding yet more quilts I hadn't seen before. As this was our last night we went back to that wonderful Thai restaurant for a meal.
Monday came too soon, with an early start and breakfast at the airport. Of course inevitably the plane was delayed and we ultimately arrived in Inverness with barely time to make the bus - just 5 minutes from departure!
This was my first visit to The Festival of Quilts and I loved it! Yes it was tiring and very crowded in the halls but it was worth the effort to be there this year.
It was all the more enjoyable being part of a lovely group of friends, so my thanks to Juliana, Cathy, Janet M, Annette, Janet C, Zeila, Norma, Anne and Syd for all the fun and laughter. We all had a whale of a time!
Report by Shirley MacLeod
On Friday some of us went shopping while the rest returned to the show. We spent another great day looking at quilts and inevitably acquiring additional items along the way. I met up with a Facebook friend and must have chatted to dozens of people in the halls. By the end of the day I was really tired, but happy. We went to dinner later in a local Thai restaurant.
On Saturday, I decided to have a break from the hectic show and see Birmingham city centre. Two of us went out to see the cathedral, and then to the outdoor markets. Many of the stalls were selling fabrics, including some beautifully coloured sari fabric. We enjoyed our lunch outside in the sun and then explored the Bullring shopping centre. A huge place, absolutely teeming with people of all ages. I thought Birmingham city centre was lovely, and everyone was so friendly and helpful. A really enjoyable day.
Saturday 22nd September
10am - 12.30pm
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