BACKGROUND TO CHALLENGE
In March 2015 Hilary and Monica challenged CE group members to make a quilt to commemorate the First World War. Below is an account of the projects development.
We hope that you enjoy following the journey of the quilts and look forward to receiving your comments here
Anyone who takes up the challenge will be given a poppy button to add to the finished quilt.
The finished quilt should:
-be no more than A3 size.
-have a hanging sleeve on the back
-have a label attached with the members name and the date it was completed
-feature the special Italian poppy button
-be completed by the October Cutting Edge meeting i.e Tuesday 13 October 2015
In addition it would be helpful, if appropriate, if members could write a short paragraph to explain what inspired their quilt. For example, Monica’s quilt is inspired by St Hilary village social history that she has been collecting whilst others have idicated that they are basing their quilts around family members who fought in the First World War.
Exhibiting the Quilts
We have been exploring the potential of exhibiting the quilts in Cowbridge around Remembrance Day and are pleased to say that a number of shops by the cenotaph have agreed. We will uodate you as we receive more information.
We will be exhibiting the quilts in the Old Hall, Cowbridge 29 – 30 July 2016 and have the opportunity to dhow the quilts at the Vale Agricultural show on 10 August 2016.
We have also secured exhibition space at the Giles Gallery in Pontyclun. The exhibition will be launched on 27 September and will run until 6 October 2016
And, Jane Hutt AM has agreed to sponsor an exhibition of our quilts in the Senedd, Cardiff Bay from 5-15 December 2017
Catherine Pritchard has been interested in family history for a while and her husband has all the letters and photos passed down from his Grandfather, the Rev. Claud Edmunds. Claud was a young vicar in Wymeswold, Leicestershire during the First World War. He had many cards from the front line from young soldiers who had left the peaceful farming community in very rural Leicestershire to fight for their country. She chose this card because this photo was obviously taken before George Braine departed for the front. He looks happy and optimistic. George Edward Braine was born in 1897 into a farming family. He was the fourth son of William and Mary Braine. She has very little information on him but the image appealed to her. In total 30 Wymeswold men died during the war but she can find no details on George Braine. Two of his brothers survived the war.
Corinne’s quilt was inspired whilst researching a trip to the battlefields that she hopes to make next year. She has also incorporated some of the things mentioned in the poem into the quilt.
Dianne’s quilt was inspired by a visit to Tyne Cott near the Menai Bridge. Stark white headstones, well kept grass, an awesome silence and a poignant inscription carved onto so many of the stones. Truly unforgettable.
Fran’s quilt is dedicated to George Perman WW2
The quilt was made in memory of Isobelle’s great uncle Herbert Martin who died on 8 Ocotber 1918, one month before the end of the war.
Jan Webster has always felt deeply when ever she sees hundreds and hundreds of gravestones of the men and women that lost there lives. Somehow she wanted to put the poppy fields and the gravestones together. Jan found the wonderful fabric of poppies at Calico Kate’s in Lampeter and the photo she printed on fabric from the internet and by layering the poppies adding the gravestones in the background it all came together. She freemotion quilted it all but when she came to the gravestones she had to go round each one. It felt so import to her to highlight ever Man and Women who gave there lives so that we could be free.
Jeannie’s quilt is in memory of James Alfred Farr, 6th Battalion. King’s Own Scottish Borderers who died in the Battle of Somme at the age of 18 years.
Monica’s quilt is in memory of the men from St Hilary and the Glamorgan Yeomanry who lost their lives in WW1
Keris’ quilt was made in memory of her Great Uncle, Sidney Evans of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. He died at Gallipoli on the 22nd July 1915 age 26years.