Exhibits included large and single bed quilts, lap quilts, wall hangings, pictures, bags, table runners, cushions and exquisite dolls. Some had been made for the two group challenges since the last show on the themes of ‘Horizons’ and ‘Inspired by a Greetings Card’. The Christmas corner included the pieces made to include specific fabrics. It’s always amazing to see the variety of items made with the same fabrics. Another challenge was to decorate a BRA using words with the letters ‘BRA’ in them. Again a great variety from BRAzen to algeBRA via BRA BRA black sheep complete with knitting!!

Two local traders (Quilters’ Quarters of Longridge and Sticky Fingers of Coppull) came with lovely fabrics to allow all the fabricaholics a chance to indulge their passions as well as a stall run by the Quilters’ Guild of Great Britain. The Project Linus stall was well visited by people donating quilts or buying kits to make blocks for new quilts to be given out to needy children.

A feature of each show is for visitors to choose their favourite item and 570 votes were cast. Many visitors said they just couldn’t choose between all the wonderful items on display so didn’t vote, but four quilts were in the running, Night and Dahlia 2 by Carole Galbraith; Miracles Can Happen by Veronica Frost; Playing with Words by Hilary Seed and The Heart of a Home by Sue Ainscough. It was announced at the groups May meeting that Playing with Words by Hilary Seed had won the ‘Visitors Choice’

The raffle and tombola were in aid of two local charities: Rosemere Cancer Foundation and The SPACE centre Preston. First prize was the award winning quilt “Flights of Fancy” made by the group. A cheque for £1,500 each will be presented to representatives of both charities at the next group meeting.

Alison Shorrock, who runs the SPACE centre, opened the show and was upset that signs said “Please don’t touch the quilts” as the Space Centre is all about enhancing sensory experiences, but she was delighted to know this was possible, when wearing a pair of gloves. She could then feel the textures of the quilts and see how they were made.

Garstang Patchwork Quilters are already planning their next exhibition in April 2017.