May 2019 Guildford Quilters Exhibition at Holy Trinity Church ……………. Being on such a busy high street, for eleven days we had lots of visitors, young and old. The Quilts looked quite resplendent and ‘at home’ in the Church, with the natural light from all directions shining throughout each day.
We had an excellent response to our Raffle of two quilts, plus other prizes donated from various local shops, etc. Then there was our Boutique Table which was overflowing with hand- made items to buy. The end result was that we have been able to donate money to: Myeloma UK, Woking & Sam Beare Hospice, Harrison’s Fund and Holy Trinity Church.
Here are some of the many highlights of the exhibition:
Welcoming the Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford who came to open the Exhibition * visitors from across the world – Australia, New Zealand, USA, South Africa, Isle of Wight, Cumbria, Worthing * more visitors at the Saturday morning coffee morning which Holy Trinity Church host each week welcoming all members of the community * the person who gave us a very generous donation * the elderly lady who ventured across the road being a resident at The Abbots Hospital (Almshouses) to see the quilts one afternoon *
Some quotes from the Visitors Book: Wonderful works, thank you to all for the many hours spent to give us the visitor such an interesting time * this exhibition makes sense of continuing summer * first visit to Guildford and so happy to see the exhibition * Lovely quilts good to see a variety of traditional techniques in different styles * hard to find my favourite but I love the pond (reference to the design) *
From a member: I didn’t imagine how wonderful the Exhibition would be, and the venue was just perfect. The church added a certain ‘reverential gravitas’ to all the beautiful quilts and such lovely items on the boutique table – I ran up a tab as I was buying every day I was there!
From our curator : There were numerous visits by me beforehand, measuring and negotiating the amount of space that would be allocated to us. When setting up this exhibition there were three considerations. In order of priority, first and foremost, we were in a church and certain things have to be considered – artefacts and wall scriptures were not allowed to be covered, the public have to have access to them at all times. Secondly, it was an exhibition to show off our beautiful quilts. Thirdly, a commercial venture to sell off our lovely boutique items we had made to raise funds for our chosen charities.