St James’ Church in Stonehaven recently held a quilt show, the result of two years of effort and hard work, with over 100 examples on show.
Rev Maggie Jackson of St James remarked: “Now, that’s what I call the Wow factor” as she came into the church last Saturday to see the exhibition of quilting put on by The Patch and Pud Club from the church, assisted by the Johnshaven Patchwork Group.
Over 100 handmade quilts filled the whole church with colour and design. The bright autumn sunlight filtered through the windows on to quilts, which were laid out over all the pews and the choir stalls.
In addition there were over 50 other quilted items decorating all the fixtures in the church.
There was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day to see the spectacle.
They also had a chance to win a quilt in a raffle, which raised well over £400 for the Church Roof Fund.
The fund was set up to pay for the £27,000 repair bill after dry rot was found in the roof of the Grade B listed building.
The raffle was drawn at the end of the day, and the winner was a lady from Newtonhill (and a great supporter of the church), who was thrilled to win.
The sources of inspiration ranged from ‘a strip quilt challenge,’ where members each contributed a strip to each quilt, a child’s quilt featuring spacemen, to the celebration of a ruby wedding.
Also displayed was the Seminole quilt, one of those completed for the Hampden Park Alzheimer Challenge.