2018 Swansea Festival Of Stitch Quilt Expo

18-19 August saw the festivals very first Quilt Expo hung in Swansea Leisure Centre and though a daunting task for Cutting Edge Textile Group Isobelle Davis, Corinne Roberts and myself it was a tremendous success.

We hung 170 quilts and visitors commented on the variety – antique, traditional and contemporary quilts. They were also impressed with how well they had been hung and that the hall was spacious and light which enhanced their experience

Below are some photos from the event and some comments that have either been emailed to us or captured in the visitors book

Hanging the Exhibition

Jaci Mc Quillan hanging the Mothers of Africa quilts

Penarth & District Quilters setting up their display

Gwent Quilters putting their exhibition pieces together

Port Talbot Quilters hanging their quilts

Volunteers Joyce, Heather and Bernie with their moving table labelling – very effecient!

And some of the team that helped to hang the quilts

Lacemakers setting up their display and demonstration table

Exhibition Photos

Quilt Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the NHS

Mothers of Africa

Port Talbot Quilters

Penarth & District Quilters

Gwent Quilters


Antique Quilts

And a small selection of the other wonderful quilts on show

Finally, a welcome feature for the weary husband’s and partners – what my hubby calls a man seat!


It was great seeing all the quilts Monica. The Tapestri Cafe was exceptional! Marie Austin Cutting Edge Textile Group

It was a delight to work with such an organised committee for the Expo. Port Talbot Quilters

As a virtual beginner I am inspired to try different methods of quilting. An exceptional exhibition – well done quilters and well done Swansea City – we want more of this

Incredible to see such energy and wonder in one place – inspiring!

Loved the exhibition and especially the round the world quilt. Thank you

Absolutely beautiful display and very inspirational. Far too many ideas and not enough time now! Thank you Sally

An exhibition worth viewing -so many different styles and mixed – modern and old. Techniques were beautifully executed

Absolutely fabulous work. Worth the trip from Worcester and excited that there are so many groups to join when I move to South Wales

Had a great visit to Swansea yesterday, despite weather a sewing friend and I made it to all venues, congratulations it was amazing, plus a lot of work on your part. Truda Theodore, Cutting Edge Textile Group

I thought you did a wonderful job it looked great and I am glad to have played a small part in it. Jan Webster, Cutting Edge Textile Group

Lovely girls. So nice to an exhibition of quilts in Wales. Shirley R, Bridgend

Great to see the wealth of quilting talent we have in Region 12. Gill Clark Coordinator Region 12 Quilters Guild of the British Isles

Brilliant exhibition – some beautiful work displayed and something to aspire to. Emotional seeing our quilt on display with all those pro’s!! Thank you. Crafty Cuppa Group Pontypridd Artis Community

Really enjoyed your show, great to see such fantastic quilts. A welcome surprise on our quilting retreat Maria Derksen, Netherlands

Wonderful collection of beautiful quilts. So varied in style.Just lovely. Debbie Strathes, USA

On holiday with our quilt group and just happened to find this fabulous display, thank you Sue Beckett, Worcestershire

I have been so impressed by all the organisation that went into the Quilt Expo, all the time and effort you put in…..and how you were still smiling at the end ! Alison Holmquist

I have just seen the photos from the weekend exhibition, you must be so pleased. The three of you have worked so hard and deserve every praise Liz Price

Well done you for putting on the expo, everyone who spoke to me about it had really enjoyed it Karen Cocksedge

Thanks, it was a lovely exhibition and we enjoyed taking part and of course visiting for the day. It must have taken a lot of organising and congratulations on staging the event so well. It’s such a lovely idea to get so many groups involved in the whole festival. We look forward to the next one!
I will send out a newsletter soon with links to the blog
Elaine Moore Gwent Quilters and Quilters Guild Region 12

Thank you for letting us join you. The ladies reported that they had a successful weekend which they thoroughly enjoyed. We are trying to raise awareness to try and keep this craft alive. It was great to see young people having a go. Thank you and your ladies for welcoming us and for all you help. It was appreciated.
They fed back that your display was great with inspiring pieces of work. Also thanks for the pictures and I have passed on your blog link
. Janette Powers, Lacemakers

I would like to thank Monica and everyone involved in the Quilt Expo I thought it looked brilliant and we he had some wonderful feedback in fact one lady she enjoyed it as much as going to the NEC, space to enjoy the Quilts. Brilliant. Jan Webster

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September 2018