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I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.

Sunday 15 June 2014

Canadian Red Cross Quilts at Melton Old Church

We had a lovely walk last weekend - the weather has been lovely and sunny - we decided to walk around Ufford - and end up at Melton Old Church. I knew that Jackie's exhibit of Canadian Red Cross quilts would be there - and that there would be a cup of tea and some cake!

Melton Old Church is not near the present village - and there is a newer, Victorian Church, St Andrews, which now serves the village. Like many villages, the focus of commerce had shifted, away from the old village, towards the main road and the river.
 But a group of local people have banded together to preserve the old, Mediaeval Church. The quilt exhibit was one such fund raiser.

You can double click on the photos, to read the information on the information panels....

The church is a relatively small country church - but the quilts were hung in a semi circle, each with an informative sign.

The exhibition tied in well with the DDay landing anniversary - but this was rather fortuitous - the weekend just happened to be one that Jackie and her husband, both keen sailors, were not on their boat!

The soldiers quilt that I found on Ebay - perhaps first world war - or just an older quilt that was donated to the Red Cross cause? It has a War Services label on the back, from Hamilton Ont.

The  Afghan with a red cross, which came from a hospital boat.

A fan quilt...

The local primary school is presently studying WWII - and were meant to walk down to the church and have a look at the quilts - but it was decided that the country lane was not safe enough for the children to walk along - what a sad reflection on today's drivers.


  1. Looks like there are some interesting histories with these quilts which is really nice to have. Great that you were able to go along and see them on display.

  2. I think I have seen these quilts exhibited before. Are they one persons collection, or put together for an exhibition?

    1. There is a Red Cross quilt study group...all three founder members were friends, living in a suburb of London...Jackie M has moved to Woodbridge, hence the exhibition in Melton. Some of the quilts in the exhibition were on loan. Not sure if the other quilts are privately owned, or jointly owned by the group. I do know that one Red Cross quilt went to Ailsa Craig....