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Read on for all the winners and the news from the event.

This was my last year!

I have had great fun with this event, but it is time to bow out and move on.

Cae Hir Gardens, a stunning RHS partner garden on the edge of Cribyn village in Ceredigion, plays host to this annual event.

For 2018 we changed from Friday through Sunday to Saturday through Monday so that we could incorporate the Bank Holiday Monday as so many of you have requested in previous years. Of course, having had a glorious summer, the weather changed in August and Saturday dawned bringing with it showers and colder weather. Despite this, many quilters wrapped up and came to see the 44 amazing quilts hung around the gardens.

2018 Results:
The Sea

The quilts were split into two categories - one was entirely open and the other had the theme of "The Sea". The 29 quilts that were in the open section covered so many themes - traditional to modern, hand pieced, machine pieced, hand quilted, appliqued - but they were all beautifully crafted. The 15 quilts in the Sea category also covered all disciplines. These quilts had the added challenge of a size restriction, though this actually encouraged some new quilters to "give it a go - how hard can a 2' quilt be?" Well, I have to tell you that the lady who posed that question won! Barbara and her daughter collaborated to make their quilt "Rockpool" - they were so surprised to see one of the daily rosettes on their quilt on the day they visited.

As usual, we had a "visitors' choice" style of judging and each day the top choice in each category received a rosette. This year, it was extremely close between quilts, often with only one vote separating 1st and 2nd place for the day. On Monday, all the votes were added together to give the overall winners. We gathered outside the tea rooms late Monday afternoon and, working in reverse order, Stuart (co-owner of Cae Hir Gardens) announced the winners. In the Sea category, 3rd place went to quilt number 9 ‚ÄúSeaside Landscape" by Shelia Philips - a unique design of a hidden cove. Sheila won a £25.00 gift voucher to spend at Cae Hir Gardens. Quilt number 6 "Sashiko Koi Carp" came 2nd and was a fine example of Sashiko stitching. Sue Garstang won a £25.00 gift voucher to spend at Karen's Quilts. As mentioned earlier, quilt number 14 "Rockpool" won 1st place and Barbara and her daughter received a year's subscription to British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.

Visitors Choice:
Open category

For the open competition, Stuart announced that quilt 29 "Welcome Home" by Lorraine Baldwin won the 3rd prize of a 3-month subscription to Just Hands-on TV. Barbara Atkinson won 2nd place with quilt number 1 "Summer Days" - she received a £50.00 gift voucher to spend at Calico Kate's. Quilt number 26 "Over the Rainbow" by Rose Thorn won a hamper of sewing goodies from Mez Crafts, worth approximately £150.00. You had to be there to hear the squeal of delight from Rose when she realised it was her, and you couldn't help but share in her pure delight at winning!

As I said at the top, 2018 is my final year as an organiser of the quilt show. I have had other new avenues open up to me, and I hope to see many of my friends and regulars at other events. More details later...