AN Andover quilter has been recognised for her achievements in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Jenny Rundle, of Goodworth Clatford, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to quilting.

The 62-year-old said: “I was absolutely amazed.

“I am delighted to receive it as it’s quite an honour.”

Mother-of-two Mrs Rundle has been involved in patch¬ work and quilting for more than 30 years, being a mem¬ ber of local groups and of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles.

She learned the craft when she moved to Goodworth Clatford in 1981 and started patchwork lessons.

Mrs Rundle, who runs workshops and does talks about quilting, said: “I have really enjoyed it and have taken it quite a long way.”

From 2005 to 2013 she was project co-ordinator of A Gift of Quilts, an initiative to encourage groups and indi¬ viduals all over the UK to make and donate more than 500 patchwork quilts for each country participating in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

She travelled around the country showing people how to make quilts, giving talks and attending shows to demonstrate. In March 2012 a display of all the quilts was shown at the Stitch and Craft show at Olympia.

In 2012, Mrs Rundle was presented with the Amy Emms Award for services to quilting. She continues to run Quilters’ Day at the Fairground Craft and Design Centre in Weyhill.