Frodsham Patchwork Group held their 20th Anniversary Exhibition last week. There was a great variety of magnificent work on show, and a great deal of thought and organisation had obviously been put into both the exhibits themselves and their display.

A small sample of the 'french collection'
A small sample of "The French Collection"

The exhibition was neatly divided into separate categories, with careful consideration as to what was displayed in each group. There were two mini exhibitions within the whole event. The first was a beautiful selection of small pieces made as part of an exchange with a French patchwork group from Mornant near Lyons. "The French Collection" comprised of 30 pieces from France and 12 from Frodsham, and despite the invitation to guess which were from where, I must admit I couldn't tell at all. However they were all gorgeous! These pieces were the first international exchange that Frodsham had taken part in, and they were originally apprehensive about how it would work. The rules of the challenge were set by the French group, and stipulated an equilateral triangle, a curve or two and some embellishment! Have a look in the Frodsham Patchwork Group album in the gallery to see more of these lovely works.

Celebration Fireworks By Audrey Armitage
Celebration Fireworks By Audrey Armitage

The second mini-exhibition included a wonderful selection of small wall hangings and commemorative items to celebrate 20 years of Frodsham Patchwork Group. There were some lovely humorous as well as pretty quilts here, and even a bit of poetry! Audrey Armitage made a beautiful Firework display for her piece, the brightly coloured embroidery and sequins really lit up the night sky. "One lass went to sew" by Win Prentice, told the story of the group in song and really illustrated the friendship and companionship central to local quilt groups, confirming the fact that it is all about so much more than "just sewing".

One lass went to sew by Win Prentice
One lass went to sew by Win Prentice

There were some beautiful bed quilts in the exhibition too. I really liked Gill Young's quilt, purples and greens, were used to great effect. There were two beautiful quilts by Jean Davies, which were both were very impressive. I really loved the folded patchwork in the water lily like flowers in the quilt shown here. This was a lovely design, and very inspirational. Barbara Malam produced a vibrant quilt with wonderful rich colours, and there were lots of examples of lovely long arm quilting by Judith Twambley.

Judith also exhibited a fantastic wall hanging, a repeated papercut design featuring some particularly scary looking insects! It was absolutely fantastic, I'd love to know how it was made.

Jean Davies
Jean Davies

There were quite a few names I recognised from work exhibited in "Quilts in the City" in Liverpool in the summer, it was lovely to see more work from these talented quilters. There were also a number of pieces from that exhibition that I was very pleased to see again. Sylvia Grant's lovely stamp quilt "A Quilt for Austen", Pamela Pitt's "Encompassing the Compass" and Gill Young's "2008 Precisely" were much admired in the summer, and it was great to view them "At Home"!

I hope Frodsham enjoyed their exhibition, I certainly did. We arrived at about 2pm and were still enjoying ourselves at closing time, as were quite a lot of other visitors! My only regret is that I didn't win their lovely Raffle Quilt, I'm sure lots of tickets must have been sold and lots of money raised because it was so colourful!