I have taken Mary-Jane out again today, mainly to give HK a break so he can rest his back, and Mary-Jane seems to like to go out. This morning I took her into Egremont to change her Valentine's Money from her Auntie Ann-in-America. We also went into the Age Concern Shop. I got a knitting trinket for myself (more on this later) and a book for HK. After moving away from the counter I wasa drawn to walk out of the shop via the glassware shelves as I had been looking at them whilst at the counter. There hadn't been anything that caught my eye, but I thought, why not. I slowly walked past the glassware, then past the curtains/blankets. I sometimes give it a glance just to see if there is any intersting fabric that I could possibly re-use.
Then I came upon this quilt. I looked at the price tag - a grand £4. I scuttled off to the counter with my new find clutched tightly in my hands. I wasn't going to let this go. I have just realised that I should have rotated the quilt 90 degrees before I photographed it. This way on top of the cooker quite nicely. It is nearly Christmassy colours, I say nearly as I don't think yellow is. The border fabric is christmassy as well. The pattern is called 'The Magic Bowties'. And how do I know this?
When I got back and was looking at the quilt properly, I turned it over and there was this message square on the back. The top red sqaure reads 'The Magic Bow-Ties'. The lower red square reads 'Made by Members if Wordsworth Quilters, Cockermouth, Cumbria, 2002'.
I have googled this Quilting Group and they still exist. I have an address of where they meet. I am going to send a letter, stating that I have the quilt and how I came about it. I would like to know why it was made, whether for a raffle or a gift etc. I don't know if they would be interested to learn that I now own their quilt. If I was them, then I would be interested. I'll send them the two photos here as well.
It certainly is a special find. I am already inspired to learn to quilt and do patchwork. It is something I have wanted to do for many, many years. I have everything apart from the time, money and space! One day perhaps. I'll keep you up to speed with The Magic Bow-Ties Quilt and it's re-union with the Wordsworth Quilters.