Published Monday 22nd May 2017

The daughter of a Herefordshire-based arts and crafts pioneer plans to exhibit her mother’s work in the hope of inspiring others.

Kate Renshall died in February aged 81.

The Staunton-on-Wye resident led a distinguished life which saw her become founder member of the Quilter’s Guild, exhibit around the country and sit on the committee of many museums including the V&A in London, the Friends of Herefordshire Museum and Arts (FHMA) and the British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM).

In her memory, Susan Storey is hosting an exhibition of haberdashery, fabric and her mother’s main love, quilting.

‘She wanted her items to be shown to inspire others and to get use out of them,’ said Susan.

‘She loved teaching people and would be very pleased that this is happening.

‘Quilters from around Herefordshire and beyond will be there.

‘Kate had a wide interest in culture, particularly anything to do with museums, arts and crafts. The quilts were just one part of this.’

Kate formed the Staunton Stitchers after moving from London in 1989, but disbanded the group shortly before she died.

Some of its former members will be on hand on the day to lend advice.

At the end of her life, Kate was cared for by the Hospice at Home team from St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford.

‘The whole team was so gracious and dignified,’ said Susan.

‘It was such a seamless service.’

On the day of the exhibition, on Saturday, 15th July at Staunton-on-Wye Village Hall, there will be a silent auction featuring a number of special items including a Liberty print quilt and a Bernina sewing machine.

Proceeds from the day will go to St Michael’s Hospice.