STOW COTSWOLD FESTIVAL

Stow on the Wold


Pioneering patchwork poised to wing its way to USA


Quilt with Stow Primary pupils: L to R: Amelia Taylor, Maxwell Shurmer, Freya Molson and Solomon Bell.
 
Close-up of Battle of Stow hexagon.

A UNIQUE COMMUNITY QUILT is ready to be sent to America from the Cotswolds. The pioneering patchwork is a surprise present from Stow-on-the-Wold to US town Appomattox, Virginia. The colourful ‘Civil War’ quilt celebrates a newly-forged ‘friendship link’ based on an historical parallel. Stow staged the final battle of the 1st English Civil War, in 1646, and the Battle of Appomattox Court House was the last in the American Civil War in 1865 – marking its 150th anniversary this year. The quilt is the brainchild of Stow and District Civic Society which initiated the link with Appomattox County Historical Society. Society members revealed its planned design and materials as a fitting contribution to the biennial Stow Cotswold Festival – which had adopted a US theme and was held on the 4th of July, American Independence Day. At the event, locals and visitors were invited to join in a mass ‘Sewing Bee’. The call sparked a huge response with all the colourful patchwork’s 128 hexagons being sponsored and the first stitches were sewn.

The one-off 4ft X 3ft quintessentially English quilt was finally completed in November. Now the goodwill gesture has been unveiled to the public – before being dispatched. It’s on display in the foyer of St Edward’s Hall, Stow, by the library, until the end of January.

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Photos from the 2015 Stow Cotswold Festival can be found in the Picture Galleries pages of the web site.