Our tenth biennial exhibition took place on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September, 2018 at Ringmer Community College. The challenge for members this year was to produce a block on the theme of “in a garden” and it also had to be quilted. We had a very good response to this and one of our members very kindly made twenty-four of them up into two quilts.
The lady who completed these quilts for us said that she “enjoyed putting the two quilts together and they soon became something more than just another couple of charity quilts. I really wanted each block to shine on its own merits – every one had something to commend it no matter how complicated or straight-forward the patterns appear. So much thought and effort was put in by every contributor. There was a full range of techniques from piecing, applique and embroidery to needle-turned, embellishments and humour.” The tombola theme was “bags” and we had a good number in all shapes, colours and sizes. The charities who benefited from the money raised for charity were Kangaroos and Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Our ninth biennial exhibition was held at Ringmer Community College on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August, 2016 and as a result we raised £5,000 which we were delighted to be able to split between our two charities Kangaroos and Macmillan Cancer Support – see our charity page.
Our eighth biennial exhibition was held at Ringmer Community College over two days in August 2014. Sixty-four quilts were displayed alongside our Challenge, which was to make a three-dimensional textile object and produced a large number of stunning designs from boxes to vases. An “owl” themed tombola, sales tables with many articles hand-made by members, and traders’ stands lined the hall, while alongside was the popular tea room with home-made cake. Ten lucky winners of the raffle took home prizes, which included two full size quilts. Several hundred people visited and we were delighted to have raised £5,000 to be divided between our two charities:
- Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and
- Macmillan Cancer Support, in particular the new support centre in Brighton.
Ouse Valley Quilters’ first exhibition was held in 1998 at Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum followed by a second exhibition 2 years later at the same venue. OVQ now have exhibitions of work every 2 years. Due to our increased membership our exhibitions from 2010 onwards have been held at Ringmer Community College. These have all been really successful and in 2012 we were able to give to our two charities at that time:
We hope to have the gallery of quilts for the 2018 exhibition in place before too long. The gallery of quilts for the 2016 exhibition is available by clicking on the link below, together with galleries of the quilts displayed at the previous four OVQ exhibitions: