11 October 2017Belmont Grosvenor School

Young quilters at Harrogate prep school win prestigious award

Pupils at Belmont Grosvenor School beat off tough competition to win gold at an international quilting festival

Children from Year 5 and 6 at Belmont Grosvenor School have been crowned Primary school champions at the 2017 Festival of Quilts held at the NEC in Birmingham. It is the fifth year that pupils at Belmont Grosvenor have entered the competition at the annual event – Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event, attracting 24,000 quilters from all over the world.

With the theme ‘Free’, schools were invited to submit hand-made quilts in any shape/size to the contest – Belmont Grosvenor School’s 2m square featured birds flying free and took months of hard work to complete. As well as coming up with the design idea, pupils dyed and printed the fabrics for the background, appliqued the birds and leaves onto the quilt and added the intricate decoration.


To come first in the primary school category is a major coup for the school, who are taught their quilting skills by Year 5 teacher Gillian Furniss. “It was great to overhear total strangers at the quilting festival talking about our quilt and making positive comments about our pupils’ work – I felt extremely proud,” she said.

"It was a complete team effort – not only were we up against other primary schools in our category, but sewing groups as well, so it was a great achievement."