I picked up over 100 more sewn signatures yesterday from Touchstones. A lady from the Polish Community was there dropping some off. She was very unassuming and did not want to be named, but said how much they had enjoyed the sewing. I know there had been reservations from some older people, especially, a hang over from the war and being named I think?
Thankfully we have at least 20 so this important community in the borough is represented. I am not sure what the initials refer too? I will check with Alison, any ideas. The lilac pillowcase I “found” in Rochdale has been used, something I will have to work into the final quilt. I am so glad I used recycled fabrics from Rochdale, it embeds the ground cloth along with the sewing to the borough.
I washed all 100 to remove the pen marks, bizzarely by chance, the Father’s was on top so it looks a little like a baptism in there. It is interesting to see all these names completely fresh. Some wonderful sewing,
a few have whole family names on one square and I noticed some all worked in the same colours, denoting family members I guess?
We discussed the exhibition outline and what will be displayed, it will be interesting to have the old and new quilts in the same space. Especially how signatures have changed, Alison Slater has done so much work on line researching the 1895 quilt, it is a tall order editing it all down. There was some discussion on the unusual amber/gold and black colour palette employed and whether it had any relation to the founding of the Rochdale Hornets around that time. Again help is needed, any ideas?