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Surrey Regional Day

Mrs Douglas' stash on sale - bargains are FUN!


The Old Barn Hall in Bookham, was an excellent venue for our day, with plenty of free parking. With over 100 tickets sold there was a lively atmosphere. One lady arrived at 9 o’clock – she queued up and was soon joined by other early birds.

Heather Quilters from Camberley and Dorking Quilters displayed a number of their lovely quilts.  The Mellow Fruitfulness challenge was won by Ruth Archer with Ears of Corn. It was good to see The Linus Project, represented by Val Lilley and The Quilters’ Guild stand with Jan Allston.

The traders, Out of Africa and Neredah McCarthy set up their stalls laden with lovely fabrics and threads. Mrs. Douglas’s stash and books (see the July ‘Two’s Company’ for background information) were being sold and there were many bargains to be had.

In the main hall were the demonstrators – Hazel Richmond Coggan was showing the techniques used for making her felt brooches, Julia Gahagan, was doing a brisk trade with her kits and patterns for miniatures and Christmas items and Maureen Baroni was demonstrating the Stained Glass Window technique, using items made with Gail Lawther and Stitch Witch, supported by Gail Lawther’s books.

 Kate Findlay was our morning speaker, she had set up an amazing display of work, ranging from Journal Quilts through to some small pieces, which had been framed and glazed, up to huge wall hangings. The pieces were mainly on a black background, featuring a circle within a square, but what a circle! 

The inspiration for Kate’s work has come from photographs of the Hadron Collider. Having read an article about the project in 2008 Kate became fixated with the idea of creating quilts to depict the machinery. She uses a wide range of materials including silks, satins, pvc, acetate and metallics. Her work is in an array of colours, a lot of silver with grey, red, turquoise, royal blue, emerald green, gold and orange fabrics, and anything glittery  – a wonder to behold!  Kate took us on a trip along the learning path which led to her creations.  To finish, Kate showed a quilt using her latest technological inspiration – fibre optics. It was a landscape quilt with fibre optics running through, the fibres glow in the dark and change colour through the spectrum.  Quite spectacular!

The afternoon speaker, Jan Hassard, provided a traditional view of our craft.  Her talk, entitled  Old & New, began with a display of three Canadian Red Cross quilts and progressed through a wide range of Heritage quilts to some more recent.  The quilts Jan shared with us were all from her personal collection, we saw about 40 quilts in all and Jan assured us that it was only a small selection. The display of quilts included some French Fenetre quilts and some African American slave quilts. Some of them had been purchased from antique shops, some for a lot of money, some for not very much. Some quilts had been given, others had been found by Jan’s husband who buys and sells antiques.  Buying quilts from ebay was definitely not recommended. 

Jan is unashamedly (as she says), a patch-worker, and we saw some of her own quilts which are very colourful and intricate.

To round off a very enjoyable time we were served an  Afternoon Tea, with delicious, mouth-watering cakes – I ate far too much!

This successful day was organised by Jan Godding and Jean Bye. Well done to both of you. 

Report by Maureen Baroni.