There is one and only quilt competition in Ireland and it happens at the Tinahely show on August bank holiday Monday. My dear quilt enthusiast friend Evelyn started back in 1999( you can read it why she did here).
I started entering sometime later and brought my shop a few times too and now I am in charge of it(yikes) since Evelyn has decided to move on to pure Irish wool production from Irish sheep.
So I need a lot of quilt to fill up this big marquee! That means your quilts!
Why we want to show quilts? When I talk to somebody who has no close counter with quilts, they have quite wrong image of quilts most of time. So we need to show what quilts actually look like and how they are made. And it’s nice to see more people making quilts after seeing them in person.
Why is the competition? Because simply we want keep our standard up. Having said that, as anything, we were beginners at the start and progressed after many mistakes. Getting to see quilts made by experienced quilter is always aspiring, isn’t it?
Quilts are big and we don’t get many opportunity to gather them in Ireland especially bed quilts. Here is the chance to show them to the public!
We accept quilts completed last 12 month and have to be hanged. So no cushion covers or bags, sorry!
You can send quilts made at workshops, classes. Patterns can be traditional, from book or magazine, bought pattern or original.