Quilt is labour of love for Ena

Ena Bradley with her quilt. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1405132AM4)
Ena Bradley with her quilt. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1405132AM4)
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A Ripon woman’s 18-year labour of love has come to an end after she put the finishing touches to a hand-made Baltimore album quilt featuring the city’s Hornblower.

Ena Bradley, 67, of Kirkby Road, began designing and hand-quilting her masterpiece in 1996 after attending a workshop which taught the style of embroidery, which originates in the eponymous US city and features a traditional pattern design on the outside and typically includes a local emblem in the centre.

“It’s been such a mammoth task as the whole thing had to be hand-quilted that when I finally finished it I couldn’t quite get over it,” said Ena.

Ena’s quilt measures measures 270x270cm (106x106in) and is composed of 25 appliquéd blocks with borders.

After considering using the cathedral as the centrepiece for her design, Ena decided the Ripon Hornblower would be a more interesting focal point for her work of art.

“I do love the cathedral but I think the Hornblower is a more unique selling point of Ripon,” said the retired dentist who has been married to husband Sean for 42 years.

“It’s had a lot of interest so far – more than I ever thought it would have done – but I don’t quite know what to do with it at the moment. I think we’re going to need a bigger bed.”

The final destination of the “Ripon Hornblower” quilt, as it is affectionately known, is still to be decided but Ena said all four of her children were hoping to get it.

And while she hasn’t decided which of her children will receive the intricate work, Ena has already embarked on her next quilting crusade – creating quilts for her 11 grandchildren.