Listeners to Anne Marie McAleese’s radio show on BBC Radio Ulster on Saturday morning will get a sneak preview of an Advent quilting exhibition being staged by the Parish Piecemakers of St Cedma’s, Larne.
The Parish Piecemakers have been established for around 10 years and meet every Tuesday. For many months they have been sewing busily to create a unique and different exhibition which will be on display during Advent – quilts depicting the Christmas story as revealed in the nine lessons of the traditional carol service.
The exhibition will raise funds for a planned new Parochial Hall adjacent to St Cedma’s. Group organiser Anne Marcus said members had come up with the idea of holding a quilt exhibition in the church depicting the Christmas story back in January.
“We have been working away ever since! It has been fabulous,” Anne said. “It started as an idea and from there we have designed and made a set of original wall-hangings in patchwork sewn and quilted nearly entirely by hand. There was no great plan, rather the thing has grown organically as we talked, looked at ideas and sewed very hard!”
The rector of St Cedma’s, Archdeacon Stephen Forde, said: “This is a unique event. It has been a huge combined effort by a really talented group of people. It will be an interesting and unusual take on a traditional Carol Service and I hope lots of people will come.”
Quilts for Advent will open in St Cedma’s Church on Saturday November 26 at 2pm and from then will be open each Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm for three weeks, ending on December 11. Teas will be served in the adjoining hall.
For information from Anne Marcus on 028 2827 4304 or Parish Administrator Ann Shaw on 028 2827 4633.
The exhibition will feature on BBC Radio Ulster on Saturday November 19 between 8 am and 9am.