Crafts and Textiles
|Group Contacts||Wendy Whiteman or Kate Payton|
|Phone||Wendy 07443 461981 - Kate 01752 312963|
|Venue||Pomphlett Church Hall - £2 charge to include tea/coffee|
|Day/Time||1st Thursday of the month 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm|
Despite not being able to meet face to face I am emailing the group regularly and updating them on the Mayflower 400 Quilt progress. I am almost at the stage where all 7 panels will be pieced together. Photos will be circulated at that stage. Members are busy with sewing, quilting and also making the Scrub Wash Bags for NHS and care workers. The response for material (sheets/duvets) has been fantastic.
2020 will be a busy time for the Craft Group. Our Mayflower Quilt is due to be completed by August and will be part of The Flower and Quilt Festival running from 10th - 16th September in St. Andrews Minster where a stunning array of flowers and quilts will be displayed. Plymstock & District U3A are privileged to be taking part.
The Saga of the Mayflower Quilt
The first Thursday in the month of April 2019. The venue Pomphlett Church Hall.
‘Good afternoon ladies. Before we start this afternoon I’d like to introduce you to Janet Greaves Stocker, Commissioning Officer for PCC and of Volunteer Groups for St Andrew’s Minster. Janet is going to tell us about the exhibition at St Andrew’s Minster taking place in September 2020 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower’.
This was Wendy’s introduction to Janet's fascinating and enthusiastic talk on her plans to encourage groups of ladies and gentlemen to create quilts to mark this special occasion. ‘Thank you, Janet that was very interesting’.
Well, that led to the start of a great discussion. Wendy asked the group whether they would consider participating in making a quilt consisting of panels each depicting the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in America and measuring 2.5 metres x 1 metre.
The room fell silent. Was she mad! Did Wendy seriously think we could take on such a daunting task, a quilt to be exhibited alongside many other quilts and artwork. It seems that was the plan! After the initial shock and ‘are you sure we can do this’, the room was buzzing with ideas and suggestions. Our entry form would be submitted on 9th July 2019.
Where do we start? How many panels are we going to make? Do we form groups, each group to undertake to create an individual panel. Share ideas. Outline a scale plan defining subject, background and other features to link each panel.
Books on the Mayflower expedition were read, ideas formed and groups and panel topics were agreed. Sketches were drawn, tweaks to designs made, material selected and we were off. A Timeline was drawn up with a completion date of 2nd July 2020.
How were we going to achieve this. Most, but by no means not all, of the Craft meetings between July 2019 and March 2020 were taken up cutting material, hand sewing, machine stitching. Creating men, women, trees, canoes, huts, ships, log fires, crops, chickens and the list goes on.... Additional meetings were held at Therese's house. What enjoyable days working on the panels, chatting, lunching and drinking copious cups of tea and coffee. Great fun!
Early March 2020, almost all panels were completed and given to Wendy for the next stage. Then came lockdown, with two panels missing. Fortunately, they were eventually posted to Wendy enabling her and Kate to continue with the mammoth task of stitching the panels together, sewing the border, backing and wadding.
It’s a shame the group is unable to assist with this, the embellishment and quilting and finishing touches but .......who would have thought in April 2019 we would have designed and created a quilt to be displayed in St Andrew’s Minster. Well done ladies and gentleman!
Thank you so much to Wendy and Kate for all their support, encouragement, assistance and patience. It couldn’t have been achieved without you.
The Quilt Panels
The Quilt measures 2.5 metres x 1 metre and is made up of seven panels. Each panel creates a scene depicting the journey and early settlement of the Pilgrims.
Panel 1: The Rough Crossing from Plymouth to the New World. It took 66 days and sailed from England in September 1620 (Kate and Wendy)
Panel 2: Landing on the Beach (Judith, Lynda, Pauline)
Panel 3: The First Winter, building the Colon y(Ann, Tina)
Panel 4: The Signing of the Treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans (Shaun)
Panel 5: Learning to Hunt and Fish (Olwyn, Therese)
Panel 6: Sowing Seeds and Growing Crops (Diane, Naida)
Panel 7: The Future is an Open Book (Kate, Wendy
Our Christmas fundraising for Devon Freewheelers reached in excess of £300 and will be presented once the final figure is confirmed. Thank you to all members who bought something from our stall.
Our schedule for the coming months includes a Christmas Throw, Fun with Paperbacks and a Lino Cut Workshop.
Our Group is at capacity, we need members to consider starting an additional Group. Please contact me if you are interested and need advice.
Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.