Member of the Month

6 Jun

This month the spotlight is on Hilary Sheldon.

Hilary started quilting in 1997 when she retired from work. She attended Vicky Pearce’s classes and recalls that her first piece of work was a nine patch which was hand sewn…. and is still not finished!

Following this she made quillows for two of her grandchildren and an Owl and the Pussycat wallhanging for her third grandchild. Vicky’s Owl and the Pussycat quilt has a real £5.00 note on it but Hilary decided to make hers by printing the image of a £5.00 note on special fabric. In fact, she made one for everyone in the group but it was pointed out that it might be was illegal to produce your own money!

Hilary’s daughter took the Owl and the Pussycat wallhanging to school the other day and her grandson – who is now 17 – was cross that it had been taken down off the wall at home.

Hilary recalled that she joined Glamorgan Quilters around 10 years ago, about the same time as Betty Nicholls. They had to wait 4 years before they were able to join.

The quilt below is 16 years old. It was made by Hilary for a friend, who has since died. She is now renovating the quilt and making it into a wall hanging for her friend’s husband.

HS with quilt

Hilary’s favourite patchwork is cutting and piecing and she likes more complicated designs but says that she doesn’t enjoy quilting as much. She made a quilt with Pam Stead a couple of years ago. It was for a soldier who was based out in Afghanistan. It was a great partnership as Hilary made the quilt top, Pam quilted it and then Hilary did the binding because Pam did not enjoy thta part of the process.

Hilary learnt how to sew at primary school and still has her grandma’s Singer long bobbin machine. She also likes knitting, playing bridge and cooking. Cooking is her favourite pastime with patchwork a close second. She always has something on the go.

She is a member of the Women’s Institute and is planning to do a disappearing nine patch cushion for the annual Glamorgan Federation of WI show at the Cornelly Community Centre.

She enjoys Glamorgan Quilters as it is a very sociable group that enables you to gain new ideas and friends.

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One Response to “Member of the Month”

  1. Lesley 06/06/2015 at 8:29 pm #

    Hilary made me a beautiful quilt for my 60th birthday with all my favourite colours and butterflies. She has taught me to make easy quilts via the telephone and during our visits from North Yorks. A wonderful friend and quilter.

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