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Top crafting award for pupils at Harrogate prep school

Top crafting award for pupils at Harrogate prep school

Published at 10:58am 5th October 2017. (Updated at 11:09am 5th October 2017)

Pupils at Belmont Grosvenor School near Harrogate are celebrating after picking up a top award for their craft skills.

Children from Year 5 and 6 have been crowned primary school champions at the 2017 Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.

It's the fifth year that youngsters at Belmont Grosvenor have entered the competition at the annual event, which is Europe's leading patchwork and quilting event, attracting 24,000 quilters from all over the world.

To come first in the primary school category is a major coup for the school, where pupils are taught their quilting skills by Year 5 teacher Gillian Furniss.

With the theme 'Free', schools were invited to submit handmade quilts in any shape or size to the contest.

Belmont Grovenor School's entry 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.

Year 6 pupil Annabelle Barlow, who helped to create the quilt, said: "We couldn't believe our quilt won - it's really great. Everyone really enjoyed doing it, even the boys."

Fellow Year 6 pupil Tom Haggas said he had enjoyed learning to sew and completed much of the quilt during his art lessons.

He added: "It was good fun - we did the leaves and last year's Year 6 did the birds. We're really happy that we won first prize."

Keen quilter Gillian Furniss, who is also head of girls' games at Belmont Grosvenor, said the quilt's success had been down to teamwork.

She added: "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.

"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."