Castle Hill Quilters was founded in 2009 to encourage both new and experienced quilters to enjoy this traditional, creative art form. Based in Mere, southwestern Wiltshire, the group welcomes members from Mere and the surrounding area to learn from experts, to teach and support each other and to have fun together making and displaying their quilts.
THE MERE COMMUNITY WALL HANGING QUILT UNVEILED
After a year of sewing, Castle Hill Quilters celebrated the completion of the Mere Community Wall Hanging quilt with its formal unveiling in October 2016 in the Grove Building. Dr Andrew Murrison, MP for South West Wiltshire, unveiled it and congratulated the members on their work.
The hanging features a central illustrated map of Mere surrounded by Castle Hill and the Wiltshire countryside, using fabric painting, free-motion machinery, applique and spaghetti applique. Surrounding the main panel is a border of blocks showing the different organisations that contribute to the life of the community.
Timeline for the hanging
2015: June: sketch of map on lining paper with A4 paper blocks around the edge; July/August: painting sky, fields, roads and river; September: sewing begins.
2016: May: whole quilt ready for assembly; July/August: June Holden and Pat Hart assemble the whole quilt; September/October: Bob Holden and Colin Hart organise the hanging; October: quilt unveiled.
The slide show below tracks the progress of the project by showing the different stages, from making the panel blocks to its completion:
More about Castle Hill Quilters . . .
We hold our meetings on Thursdays at the Grove Building, Church Street, Mere, from 2pm to 4.45pm. We take a break during July and August, when we have a special summer event in each month.
The annual subscription is currently £15, plus £2 per meeting attended, £3.50 for visitors. You are very welcome to come as a visitor for two meetings, after which we hope you will join us.
We welcome new and experienced members. If you’d like to join us or want more information, please get in touch with the president or the secretary – see the “Who’s Who” page.
The group’s name and its logo refer to Mere’s most prominent physical feature, Castle Hill, on which Richard, Earl of Cornwall, son of King John, built a fortified castle in 1253. The castle no longer exists, but the hill provides marvelous views of Mere and the surrounding countryside.
Our logo was designed by Jill Turner, one of our members, and shows what Castle Hill might look like under a lovely patchwork quilt. There are no current plans to do this, however!