This was the first exhibition I visited yesterday and I met with Paula Doyle and Alison Garner.
Paula quietly and expertly walked me through the intricate story of the community project to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede meadow in 1215. The project was under taken by some 25 women who have connections with Runnymede in England.
Four Medieval quilts tell the story.
Medieval I is completed in 8 panels depicting the journey of King John. You can find the complete story on their website.
Medieval II in 7 panels.
Medieval III is in 5 panels.
Medieval IV is in 6 panels. Each quilt is surrounded by the 13th century encaustic floor tiles in the chantry at Winchester Cathedral. Each tile was designed by Paula to represent a letter in the alphabet.
The exhibition is also features 4 legacy quilts designed by Paula and stitched by members of the Magna Carta Quilters. with three celebrity quilters assisting. Each of the legacy quilt bear an image of an oak tree appliquéd onto traditional English hexagons.
The Oak trees bear 20 leaves, each of them shadowing a thread painted portrait of a key figure in the field of human rights across the world.
I loved this exhibition. As I mentioned before, go to their website for very detailed information.