Six hundred visitors to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show held at Olympia (14 - 17 March) tried their hand at patchwork and quilting for the first time thanks to Quilters' Guild volunteers. Using fabric and thread donated by Coats Crafts the visitors were able to make a block with the help of a Guild volunteer. The aim of the drop-in workshop was to get people over the feeling of "I could never do that ...." and have a go. The resulting blocks will be made into quilts for Project Linus. Visitors were also able to learn hand quilting on a frame loaned by Philip and Jane Steward.
The visitors were all inspired by the wonderful exhibition of work by members of The Guild's Traditional Quilt Group, who provided a beautiful display of traditional work using a wide variety of styles and methods.
The Guild would like to thank Jane Steward and all the volunteers who made it possible for the workshop and exhibition to happen and everyone who helped on the Guild stand throughout the show. Thank you also to all who supported us in kind including Coats Crafts, Brother Sewing Machines, Empress Mills, Quilters Dream and Karin Hellaby for allowing us to use her block design.