Members agreed - it was one of the best seminars yet - and having everyone in the same location with free time for conversation was much appreciated, too.
The overriding theme seemed to be hexagons, although of course there was much more....Sarah Impey gave a fascinating look at her work and the 30 years of Quilt Art; Dorothy Osler described research into the Rose Diaries, detailing visits to Wales and Durham on two occasions. A talk on Womens Embroideries in the Far East 1941-1945 was very affecting, while a paper on investigations into a mosaic patchwork dating to 1814 by Alison Carter was very interesting; the pdf can be found elsewhere on this website.
Sundays offerings included paper on The Braddyll Quilt by Janet O'Dell - a sumptuous silk hexagon quilt dating from 1842 and backed up with detailed social context. We were excited to learn of new new donations to the Beamish collection - two wedding dresses made by Amy Ems, while Amanda Davidge showed a more recent hexagon quilt she uses in her work with Dementia patients.
We all look forward to next years seeminar in Manchester!