Thursday, 21 May 2015
The Thorngrove Manor quilt
I have been meaning to do a post about this quilt since April, when AQC was held in Melbourne. In 2014 Michele Hill received the Rajah Award at AQC. The winner of this award has a display of their quilts at AQC the following year.
If you click on the following link, http://williammorrisandmichele.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/aqc-2015-part-1.html,you can read Michele's post about this. I would have liked to be in Melbourne to see Michele’s display. I have seen a lot of her quilts on show before, but there was one quilt I was especially interested in. The Thorngrove Quilt was one I had not seen hanging. Early in 2014 Michele was asked to design and make a quilt for the bed in the King’s Chamber at Thorngrove Manor. (If you click on the link above, you will be able to see photos of Thorngrove Manor and it’s rooms).
Michele was working to a deadline to finish this quilt, and during a conversation, I offered to help her by basting it ready for her to quilt. It is a large quilt to do on a domestic machine. One thing led to another, and I did a bit more than baste, and crosshatched a couple of the borders as well. Michele finished it off with her beautiful feathers as a background in the rest of the quilt. This was all done so quickly at my end, that I only had photos of the quilt on the machine, and the table, and no time to spread it out on my bed as I usually do. And the quilting had not been finished anyway. I had not seen the quilt after it was finished and bound, except in photos that Michele posted. Even though I did not get to Melbourne to see it hanging, Michele has allowed me to post her photos. The lighting did not show the quilting, but the quilt looks fantastic hanging.
This photo is the sign explaining Michele’s work and why she won the award. I hope you can read it.
And this sign was the Thorngrove Manor Quilt description. (And it is exciting to see my name along side Michele’s!)
The quilt just looks fantastic. The colours just shine on the black background. I love that centre!
And this is the quilt back on the bed at Thorngrove Manor.
And this is the quilt on my table, just before it was delivered back to Michele to finish.
Thankyou Michele for the privilege of working on your quilt.
Blessings, From Jude