On Saturday 9th May 2015 six ladies from the U3A patchwork group visited the The Quilters Guild of the British Isles Region 15E exhibition at Belsay Hall, Northumberland.

A good time was had by all admiring the work of the talented members of the Guild. We enjoyed looking at quilts of various design both traditional and modern of mixed abilities. I have to say that the ones made by so called novices were excellent. I was certainly inspired to learn more of the old traditional blocks used in quilting for many years such as Tumbling Blocks and Flying Geese, Log Cabin patterns.

Some of the smaller wall hangings would not have been out of place in one of the fine art galleries of the world as they were indeed a work of art. One in particular that we admired was of water being slowly poured from a jug and must have taken many hours of work by the maker. Such talent inspired us all so look out for our works of art in the future!!

We finished the day with the obligatory enjoyable lunch and a discussion of how we would revisit some of the ideas and designs in our own work back in our group.

by Oonah Hackett

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