This was a fabulous joint creative beading project.
We created two beaded ‘quilts’ or wall hangings, one on each of the themes of Spring and Autumn. They are constructed of 212 beaded squares, each measuring 5x5 cm (2x2 “), mounted on a fabric backing.
Members taking part in the project were provided with pale yellow beads (Spring) and bronze beads (Autumn). All the other colours were added by the participants in keeping with their designs.
A huge ‘thank you’ to everybody involved in making the quilts.
First, Jenny Wilson and Sue Maguire organised the project for us, from choosing the unifying beads and background fabric to administering the paperwork, including recording the squares photographically as they arrived.
A lovely 143 members contributed squares (some enjoyed it so much, they did two). They did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Spring and Autumn with their designs.
The all-important construction was done by Jenny Wilson, Sue Maguire, Sylvia Fairhurst, Carolyn Whenman and, most importantly, Margaret Budd who did all the machining and hand sewn edges. Here is a photograph of Margaret working on the Spring Quilt.
Here are the finished Spring and Autumn Bead Quilts. (Two squares which went missing for a while are now found and have been added to the Spring Quilt. A revised photograph including them will be here shortly.)
The Quilts were first exhibited at the Great British Bead Show in May 2011. They were then displayed on the Guild stand at the shows we attended around the country through the summer and autumn. Both quilts are now on display at Stitchncraft through December.
The Spring and Autumn Bead Quilts were raffled and the draw took place at Stitchncraft in December 2011. The winner of the Spring Bead Quilt was Carol Brush, a Guild member since it's very first year and a member of Purley Beaders. The Autumn Bead Quilt went to Fiona Lanham, who is not a beader but a quilter with a passion for eveything autumnal. So both quilts went to very appreciative homes!