“Secret Messages” Bletchley Park Quilt Exhibiton 2012 – Enigma

For those in the know, Bletchley Park needs no explaining…..

For those who have yet to discover it, Bletchley Park (or Station X) was the hub of the British decoding and cipher unit in WW2 and it was here that the mathematical brains of many including the brilliant and gifted Alan Turing solved the puzzle of the German Enigma Machine and developed the first computer – Colossos.
I am a huge history buff and bore my family senseless with the facts and figures of historical events – it all fascinates me, particularly how one event leads and merges with another and why one occurrence is the catalyst to another larger event.

In 2012, Bletchley Park hosted a quilt exhibition – the theme was “Secret Messages” – celebrating Station X and the 100th anniversary of Turing’s birth. Anyone could submit work to the exhibition ….. so I did…..

This piece was inspired by the secret documentation used in operations and planning for the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944 – the ticker-tape design is taken from one used to feed into Colossos. The mathematical formula is part of Turing’s work in solving Enigma. The Union Flag was foundation pieced and formed the starting point of the design.
The piece was a joy to make – lots of surface design and messing about. I wanted it to look like a well used document….. Made using Irish Linen, the pillowcase method, top stitched edges by hand with no binding….. this is how I made it….. I wanted it to look like an old document.


A foundation pieced Union Flag was the starting point to the piece.
Turing’s mathematical formula
Bigot – is higher than Most Secret; ticker-tape from Collossos
‘ Operations ‘ that made D-Day possible.
The finished piece

The Festival of Quilts 2014 – Part Five – Winners in each Category

At The Festival of Quilts, I made a decision to check out all the competition quilts first and leave viewing the prize winners until the very end of the day (the winners pieces were overwhelmed with crowds during the afternoon). Having seen all the entries, it was clear to see why each of the winners had been chosen. Here they are complete with category and maker’s details – Enjoy.

Quilt Creations – “Clock” By Kate Crossley
– this clock actually works!






Miniatures – “A Hundred Acres” by Roberta Le Poidevin


Pictorial – “Poor & Rich” by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga
Contemporary – “Eloquence & Integrity” by Ruth Parker
– made from upcycled shirts and ties


Traditional – “The Good Life” by Philippa Naylor
My First Quilt – “My Pride & Joy” by Jill Johnson
Group Quilts – “Beach Huts” by Tanglewood Textiles


Art Quilts – “Sunrise, Moonrise” by Merce Gonzalez Desedamas
Two Person – “Dear Mrs Morcom” by Mark Mann & Bridget Mann
Quilter’Guild Challenge – “Tulip Time” by Yvonne Brown


Secondary Schools and Groups Age 12-16 – “The Secret Garden” by Rebecca Palmer Originals Sewing Group
Primary Schools and Groups Age 5-11 – “In my Garden” By “De Klimtoren” Lommel
Young Quilter or Embroiderer Age 5-8 – “Lef og moro” by Anine Stener
Young Quilter or Embroiderer – “Bottom of my Garden” by Danai Rae Matthews
Young Quilter or Embroiderer Age 12-16 – “Unwelcome Guest” by Millie Ayers