This is a small (24" x 24") quilt that was completed in early February 2014 by HQCP committee member Michelle Cooper; it depicts Harriet Quimby with the years of her life in the top left corner, a silhouette of a Bleriot XI plane which she used on her solo flight across the Channel in April 1912 in the top right corner and a The Harriet Quimby Centenary Project pin badge just by her left shoulder.
HQCP Chairman Martin Young and Secretary Andy Cooper visited Old Warden Aerodrome, near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire in mid-January, for discussions over placing an orientation board beside The Shuttleworth Collection's Bleriot XI aeroplane to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1.
Technical information: I have been in contact with a very knowledgeable aviation engineer in the USA. His name is Norman Hawk, who has had a long interest in Harriet and the resultant tragedy and why it happened. His correspondence is below:
Harriet's and Gustav's Relationship: Following up Michael's lead, I contacted Catherine Evans, and her correspondence is copied below (be prepared for a few surprises):
Gustav Hamel: It was Gustav Hamel who was instrumental in Harriet's success by providing valuable help to her prior to, and on the day of her flight. Our Chairman has recently found via the internet, the great nephew of Gustav Hamel, his name is Michael Hamel-Green who lives in Melbourne, Australia. His correspondence is copied below:
The Harriet Quimby Centenary Project are pleased to announce the date of their sponsored walk from Whitfield to the Bleriot monument at Northfall Meadow; it will be held on Saturday 8th June, beginning at 10am, starting at Whitfield Recreation Ground and ending circa 12.30pm on the monument marking where Louis Bleriot landed in July 1909.