Archive | August, 2014

Festival of Quilts 2014

12 Aug

On Thursday 7 August, 11 of us set off in a mini bus for a three day trip to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. The bus dropped us off at the Holiday Inn to leave our bags and then took us off to the exhibition for the first of our visits. Over the next three days we shopped, listened to lectures, did workshops, saw some stunning quilts, laughed a lot, ate a lot (when our food eventually arrived – that’s another story!) and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Thanks must go to Helen Morgan for arranging everything.


The following quilt has an interesting history as it was pieced by Judy Mendelssohn, who is an honorary member of GQ. It was quilted by Bea Beale, who some members might also have known. When Bea sadly died, Sonia Fox took over the hand quilting. Intervening years have seen elderly parents to tend, sons leaving home, divorce, floods, bereavement and more. Through it all a star has been remembered – Bea Beale.’


Other members of GQ also had work exhibited at this year’s event.

Pam Stead and Jeannie Duncan Farr had their quilts accepted for the British Finnish Stash Challenge.

This is Pam’s

Pam quilt1

And this is Jeannie’s

Jeannies quilt

And, the school quilt that GQ members Hilary Carney, Monica Dennis, Isobelle Davies and Pam Stead were involved in making with Lakeside Primary School in Cardiff was also on show.

school quilt

The quilt celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary. It took a term to complete with children from all year groups being involved in the making. 90 reception class left their hand print and the other classes were responsible for creating a decade panel. They had a very enjoyable time painting, sewing, stamping and ironing to create the desired effect. It now enjoys pride of place in the school hall.