Thursday, 28 April 2016

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat where have you been...

Well actually Patches the cat stayed at home but I've been globe trotting...

So since my last post I been looking after ailing parents up North in between travelling to the States to exhibit the Magna Carta Quilts which were an important part of my life last year.

October found me in Houston, Texas
at the George R Brown Convention Centre
where the world renown International Quilt Festival is held.

We had been invited to show the quilts as a special exhibition
and what an honour that was!

Quilt Market and Quilt Festival
Myself, Paula Doyle, Kate Martin, Sheila Roberton and Carole Montague,
a small contingent of The Ladies of the Quilts, gave talks and guided tours of the quilts to the visitors

The Magna Carta Quilts take the Golden Cause of the Magna Carta
as the theme throughout each of the eight quilts.
This is one of the three remaining of the sixty clauses still in British Law today.
The right to be tried by your Peers.
Habeas Corpus - that no one should be imprisoned unlawfully

The Medieval Quilts
These quilts tell the tale of King John from the death of his Brother Richard
 to the enthronement of his Son Henry III

The Legacy Quilts

These quilts have portraits of People throughout history and the world
 who have fought for Human Rights

The Thames Mosaic

The Medieval & Legacy Quilts are double sided and show
the Thames from Windsor to Staines upon Thames.

The blocks are our way of raising money for the upkeep of the quilts
and also as a fund raiser for Liberty the UK Human Rights Charity.

After the Houston Quilt Festival the quilts were invited to be exhibited at
The Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas
The quilts were on show until the end of March.

The quilts were on their travels again all the way to Chicago for the Quilt Festival
at the Donald E Stephenson Convention Centre.

It was great to see the quilts again, a bit like meeting up with old friends.

The show was a great success with both Paula and Myself chatting
to enthusiastic Quilters from every State in the USA.

At the end of the week the Quilts were packed away to travel back to Blighty.

They have arrived home safe and sound
and will be making an appearance in Egham
for this year's Magna Carta Festival.
June 7th June-17th June 2016
at the Unitarian Church, Egham High Street.

In August they will be making an appearance
at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.

If you are going please drop by the exhibition and say 'Hello'

And now it's back to the 'normality' of ecclesiastical embroidery
and my City & Guild's Module 6 wall hanging...