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