My name is Collette and I am a quilter from Scotland. I have been a patchworker and quilter for over a decade and love to share what I have been making here.

Quilt group exhibition

Last year one of the students in my quilting class suggested we have a quilting exhibition of all our work and raise some money for charity.

Having moved teaching venue in the last year, we decided that it was the perfect venue to hold such an event.  So we planned and planned and on October 25th we finally held our first ever quilting exhibition.

We spent all day hanging the quilts in the fabulous large space we now use for our group meet ups.  It took much longer than we thought it would to get everything organised and displayed just the way we all wanted it. 
Mandy and Jenny setting up.

In the midst of setting up chaos!
Jenny mid organising!

The work on display was years worth of work by the ladies I have had the honour to share my quilting skills with.  They were all total beginners and I am proud to say they are now quilters through and through.  I felt like a proud mummy seeing all their beautiful work on display.

The quilt hanging on the wall was the star prize for our raffle!

Lovely quilts.

Sandra's stunning monochrome kaleidoscope quilt.

A beautiful Christmas tree skirt in the Christmas corner.

Ready to go.

More gorgeousness.

Mandy's Christmas placemats got lots of attention.
We chose to support a local charity and all funds raised were to be donated to it.  We collectively chose Beautiful Inside and Out, set up by Pauline Moriaty.  Pauline's beautiful eldest daughter, Jenna sadly ended her own life at age just 13.  Pauline set up the charity in honour of Jenna and to provide much needed support for bereaved family and especially siblings of young people who have taken their own lives.  Jenna's little sister had a difficult time dealing with this and Pauline found there not to be a great deal of support available.  We raised over £700 for the charity!! We could not believe it!  We actually thought not very many people would come, but the night exceeded all our wildest dreams!  It was busy from the first 10 minutes of the doors opening and everyone enjoyed the raffle halfway through the event. 

Little Sophie admiring the quilts.

Young and old enjoyed the night.

Pauline telling us all a little about her charity, Beautiful Inside and Out.
It was an honour and very humbling to be able to support Pauline's organisation.  I must admit I shed a few tears after meeting her.  As did a few of us.  You just cannot even begin to imagine the pain and the horror of such a tragic, life changing event.  I am so pleased that we were able to help in some small way.  
I hope you enjoyed the photos of our first quilting exhibition!  We may have another when the ladies are happy they have enough new work to show off! 
Collette x

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