Knit and Stitch Show - by Julia

On Saturday, minus my grandson, I went up to Olympia to visit the show and to help on the Quilters Guild stand for ‘Project Linus’.  After a coffee on arrival I spent the morning browsing the stalls.  I say browsing, the first 45 minutes was spent at a fast pace walk scanning the stalls and making a mental note of where to return to. I desperately needed fabric for the bag workshop on Saturday as of course I couldn’t possibly search through my stash.  By 11 a.m. the show was getting busy and the quilt fabric stalls were packed with busy shoppers hunting for bargains.  Luckily I managed to make my purchases and grab a sandwich.

Over the last three years the show has improved considerably and has a larger number of fabric and quilt companies attending.  There are many different workshops available to book and you can always find a few stalls that offer a mini workshop.  The Quilter's Guild has a stall, a raffle quilt (which one of our members helped make), a free workshop to learn to hand quilt and provides a quilt display.  The London Quilters were also present with a small display of WW1 small quilts (great minds think alike!).

At 1.30 p.m. I headed off to join Jan from ‘Project Linus’. The Guild and Jan provide a free workshop.  Visitors can learn how to make an easy block, which is then donated to Project Linus. You can make a block by hand sewing or using a machine. I demonstrated hand sewing and helped many ladies make a block for the first time. Jan had donated quilts on display and a large wall area for the blocks made to be displayed on. Fellow quilters came over to admire the Linus Quilts on display and of course offer help and advice to the new quilters which made it all an enjoyable experience.  There was time to make a few blocks myself and by 5.30 p.m. I made my way happily, but a tad wearily, home.