Since September 2012, the National Trust's Killerton's talented Assistant Costume Curator Charlotte has been leading a team of seven hugely creative ladies from their volunteer sewing group to handcraft the Killerton Quilt. It is to be proudly entered into Europe's biggest and most prestigious quilt show - The NEC Festival of Quilts on 7 August. Thousands of painstaking hours have already been invested in creating this unique double bed quilt inspired by a year in the Killerton cider orchards.
The centrepiece is taken from the Rose window in the chapel, the four corners illustrate the four seasons in the garden. Even the little blackberries have been handmade from hundreds of individual beads. The words are from a favourite William Wordsworth poem, The Tables Turned: "Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher". Jo Colwill from the Cowslip Workshop who taught Kirstie Allsopp how to quilt on her TV show 'Kirstie's Handmade Britain' helped the Killerton quilters source the perfect fabric and shared her expertise on colours. Visitors to Killerton can come and see the quilt in working progress. In April it will be transferred to a frame to be hand quilted. Once the competition comes to an end, this beautiful quilt will be raffled to raise much needed funds for equipment to preserve and conserve Killerton's historic costume collection. We wish Charlotte and the ladies the very best of luck for the show. We think you'll agree it's a stunning piece of art.