Another sign that spring is coming is the annual coming-together of the quilt groups in our county, Sogn og Fjordane. This usually happens in April, when the roads are (hopefully) free of snow, and we can drive along the fjords and below the mountains without the fear of being swept away in an avalanche or being crushed beneath tons of falling ice or rocks.
It is quite informal, and started out with one group inviting another group, like: “Would you like to come for coffe and cakes on Sunday afternoon, and please bring some of the things you have made and then we will show you ours.. ?”
And so it spread, and it now includes quilt groups throughout the county, plus neighbouring counties if they would care to come.
It is still informal, – there is no organizational body, – just the groups taking turns inviting the other groups, and it takes place on just this one day. The group whose turn it is to organize the meeting, rents some suitable rooms, people sign up with a number of quilted items they will be showing, and everybody arrives on Sunday morning to hang their things in an allotted space.
If possible, the organizing group will hang their things the evening before, as they will be quite busy on the day itself.
Shops are also invited, and there is usually a talk in the early afternoon, and a hot meal for all who have signed up. Afterwards the exhibition is open to the general public, and there are lots of coffe and cakes, all made by the members of the hosting group.
This year the quilt group in Florø organized the meeting.
I was not aware of the exact date until I saw it advertised in the local paper a few days before, and by then I was already doubly booked for that weekend; – a shopping trip with a group of friends on Saturday, combined with babysitting the grandkids in the evening and staying the night there.
However, I left for home earlier than I had planned on Sunday, so I managed to spend an hour at the exhibition on my way home. Sadly, I missed the talk, but there were lots of beautiful things to see.
This group of quilts hung behind the door to the main room, in poor lighting, but I doubt that anybody missed seeing them for that reason, – they were so bright and colourful. They were made by members of the Florø group.
Luckily I had brought my camera, and with sufficient battery power, and took a lot of photos. The ones I show here, is just a small part of everything that was hanging around the walls.
I have probably picked the things I liked best myself, but also try to show a variety of works, both large and small. Table runners are very popular, it seems.
I also saw lots of things made with stitchery, or stitchery combined with patchwork and applique. Makes you want to start stitching. The one above has a fairy tale theme.
Ok, – I’ll let you enjoy the pictures without my comments disturbing you.
This was one of the few large quilts on display. I believe it is a Bonnie Hunter mystery.
I have tried to identify the makers of all the works, but some did not have an identifying tag attached, so I do not know who made the items below:
One comment I overheard from an (obviously) non-quilting visitor: “I had no idea that patchwork could be so varied, – such a lot of different things”.
I guess she wasn’t the only person who was impressed.
Before the day ended, I also managed to share a pizza with our other daughter, who lives in Florø.
What a great weekend 🙂