Val Shields

I have always enjoyed making things having had a grandmother who taught me to knit before I went to school. My over-stretched primary teachers used to enlist my help, my biggest challenge there was showing a left-hander how to knit
I began doing P&Q in the 70s through the WI and in 1980 began Gresford Craft Group with the aim of trying to keep traditional textile crafts (which at that time seemed to be in danger of dying out) alive. This group continues to thrive and we have put on an exhibition every June since 1981. Our 33rd is being planned - and we rarely show anything twice!
In 1983, I was a Founder Member of Chester Ps&Qs and in 1986 of Carrotcake Quilters. Others followed!
In 2001, I was offered the opportunity to stage a show in the Gallery of the Royal International Pavilion at Llangollen and in February 2002, Quiltfest was launched. This was originally planned as a one-off event but proved so successful that half-way through the month, the Gallery asked me to do it again in February 2003! Quiltfest becomes a teenager in 2014.
My proudest Quilting moment happened at the Malvern Quilt Show in 2004 when I was awarded the Amy Emms' Cup for Services to Quilting. I think it was Quiltfest that won it.
There was another amazing day at the AGM in Harrogate in 2015 when I was appointed an Honorary Member of The Guild. I am thrilled by this development.

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