Patchwork in the Minster

I went into the Minster last Wednesday with no camera.  I went back today hoping that they hadn’t put away the alter that had been set out for the ordination of Libby Lane as the Bishop of Stockport on  Monday – fortunately they hadn’t.  The alter cloth is so lovely and is a patchwork.

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Had to record the beautiful sunshine outside and the Minster looking just lovely.

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There are stone masons working full time on the Minster, particularly the far end where the huge medieval window has been totally removed and is also being restored.  I noticed today that some of the scaffolding from the very top has been removed revealing at least two shiny new spires.  How clever they are.

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I went back to the Quilt Museum for a proper look so that I know what is going on when I am on duty next time.  There really are some gorgeous pieces in this one, both modern and aged; many belonging to the Guild Collection.  Because it is called ‘All Shapes and Sizes’ , quilts that demonstrate particularly accurate piecing have been chosen.  Without exception they are all very special.  AND the ‘Fine Cell Work’ is even better than I realised.   One of the largest pieces is a birds eye view, to scale. of a prison cell.  This is informative on many levels … not least, the cramped conditions the men are sharing whilst achieving top notch results with their stitches.  There is also a marvellously upholstered chair – not using just one fabric, but many.  The information tells us that the prisoner who learned this trade whilst incarcerated, has started up a business since being released.  Most of the men have never stitched before and indeed have never experienced one to one teaching of anything in their lives.  A large group of them made a bed quilt for an exhibition last year.  They each stitched a block to illustrate ‘sleep’.   Many of these blocks were quite telling and a good nights sleep seems almost impossible for them in the light. noisy prison … and quite a few alluded to guilt.  Over all, this marvellous charity seems to provide some self esteem as  well as a pass time and has apparently fostered some friendships amongst the men which are hard to come by in prison.

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