Wonderful Advent Quilt exhibition underway in Larne

Friday December 2nd 2016

The Parish Piecemakers preparing for their Advent Quilt Exhibition which is now open in St Cedma's, Larne.

The Parish Piecemakers preparing for their Advent Quilt Exhibition which is now open in St Cedma’s, Larne.

An Advent exhibition of handcrafted quilts has opened in Larne, and already several hundred people have flocked to St Cedma’s Church to view the fantastic skills of the Parish Piecemakers.

The group has been established for 10 years and meets weekly. Their unique exhibition of quilts depicting the Christmas story as revealed in the nine lessons of the traditional carol service has been a labour of love for the best part of the year.

The exhibition, which opened on November 26, 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 be open each Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm until 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.

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