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Photo Feature: Amazing Works at Guildford Quilters’ Exhibition

Published on: 28 May, 2023
Updated on: 28 May, 2023

By Gerry Hyner

Chair of Guildford Quilters

Well, you missed a treat if you did not manage to get to see this free and beautiful exhibition held in the wonderful West Horsley Place from May 10 to 15.

But just in case you did miss it, here is a small collection of photos to show you a sample of the amazing and intricate works that were there.

Visitor’s first choice: Shirley’s Gift by Liz Steer.

It was curated by Doreen Plumridge who started Guildford Quilters some 40 years ago. An offshoot of Mole Valley Quilters set up by the Guildford-based members, it initially met in members’ homes. However it very quickly became so popular the group, who meet monthly, moved to ever larger village halls.

Visitor’s second choice: Fleurie by Doreen Plumridge

Exhibitions are held in various Guildford locations generally every three years, but four this year because of the pandemic. We are a very dynamic and thriving group of about 60 people ranging from exceptional experts to members just learning to quilt.

Contemporary wall hanging – ‘The Street Where I Live’ by Claire Cater at the Guildford Quilters exhibition. Machine and hand embroidered scene of houses in the street where Claire has lived all her life. Photo Mandy Millyard.

The exhibition location at Place Farm Barn at West Horsley Place was perfectly suited for the huge range of quilting expertise on show, from huge bed quilts to wall hangings and sometimes in miniature, plus articles of clothing.

The demonstration table at the Guildford Quilters exhibition 2023.

The demonstrations were very popular from English paper piecing to sashiko, candlewicking and hand quilting using a large hoop.

Bookshelf quilt – ‘My Bookcase’ by Isabel Pedrick. Everything on it means something special to Isabel. Photo Mandy Millyard.

Hand-made cards, articles for the home and other useful items flew off the sales table and knowledgeable stewards were able to describe techniques used on the items on display and explain descriptions.

Two ladies behind the sales stall. Dee and Carol with the tombola and sales of items made by the Guildford Quilters. Photo Mandy Millyard.

A cup of coffee or tea and cake was an added bonus in the lovely courtyard or a trip round the historic West Horsley Place.

Guildford Quilters raised well over £6,000 for Topic of Cancer, a local charity researching immunotherapy and Parkinsons UK.

Gerry Hyner and Virginia Blight organised the Guildford Quilters exhibition 2023.

If you want to know more about us, have a look at the Guildford Quilters website for up-to-date information.

And definitely watch out for our next exhibition in three year’s time!

Some of the Guildford Quilters team in the courtyard at Place Farm Barn.

Wearable art, Red Sea Jacket by Deena Goff. Photo Mandy Millyard.

Lockdown Labour of Love by Rita Tallent.

Life of a Bargello by Dotty Garrod.

Rabbits by Pam Crane (visitor’s fourth choice).

The contemporary corner.

Jacket by Dotty Garrod.

Redwork by Dee Smith.

Colourful cushions made by members for sale.

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