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Thursday, 12th September, 2019 8:43am

Cork can add another string to its bow thanks to two quilt artists.

Mary Palmer and Anne Kiely have won a major accolade at Europe’s largest event for the patchwork and quilting community.

The talented pair from Innishshannon won the Handi Quilter Best in Show Award at the Festival of Quilts for their climate emergency-themed work, ‘Who Will Tell the Bees?’, collecting £3,500 in prize money.

The annual festival takes place in Birmingham, drawing 25,000 quilters from all over the world. The festival’s acclaimed quilt competition attracts over 800 entries and is judged by a panel of leading figures from the art and quilting community.

The artists’ collaborative piece, which portrays global environmental chaos on the brink, was made in linen, cotton and wool with etchings translated digitally onto fabric, constructed by hand and quilted by machine.

Judges described the work as: “Brilliant! (It’s a) magnificent quilt. We liked the theme, its combination of different elements and how it tells a story.”

The pair won three awards in total, also winning the two person quilts category and the best use of longarm category.

Mary and Anne will be showing more of their work at the Knitting & Stitching Show in Dublin at Simmonscourt, RDS from 7-10 November as members of the Cork Textiles Network.

‘Who Will Tell the Bees?’ will be on display at the Knitting & Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate this autumn, too.

The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s ultimate quilting destination, featuring extraordinary galleries from international artists and groups, 800 competition quilts, an extensive programme of talks and workshops, a full social events programme and over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies.

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