Quilt essentially English surprise
THE vision of these knitters proved anything but woolly when they unveiled a surprise quilt in celebration of the London Olympics.
Members of the Knit and Natter craft group are creating a quilt in commemoration of the capital city as it prepares to host the 2012 Games.
Each member was given a square of the quilt to knit in secret and they met at the weekly session to show each other their handiwork.
Sworn to secrecy by group co-ordinator Julie Smith, no one knew what each other was knitting – making the unveiling an exciting surprise for members.
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Julie, who designed the quilt, said: "We have come together today to put the pieces together. It is a celebration of London and all things associated with the capital.
"The ladies have done really well. I am very pleased with the way it is looking. Although they had no idea of the design it is looking exactly how I had it in my head.
"Doing projects like this gets everyone working together. We have all been really excited about seeing it."
The ladies have been secretly stitching Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, black cabs, Tower Bridge, policemen, trains and even the Gherkin.
Nic Lucas, 31, was tasked with knitting Big Ben.
She said: "It is a really good idea.
"It is made up of small things that people can do quickly that together makes something really effective.
"It is nice we have been able to work together.
"It has got us all feeling excited about the Olympics."
Frances Bovill, 76, and Jessica Scales, 16, worked together to create Buckingham Palace.
Frances said: "It is really starting to shape up. Not knowing what the others were doing has made it more exciting."
Kate Roberts, 40, added: "It all comes out of Julie's head. There is no stopping her.
"The quilt is starting to look great."
Once complete, it will hang in the shop window for all to see.