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Doughty's Roadshow

 

Doughty’s Roadshow 2018

It was cold and raining when we arrived at the church hall in Polegate to set up for our annual visit from the Doughty Tardis By 10 am we had tables lined up along the length of the hall two deep and a myriad chairs looking on from the sides. The café area was looking good too as we all helped to get the fabrics from the van on to the tables.

Being a helper meant you could get to choose your fabrics before the long queue of people waiting in the hallway. That was wonderful and we all managed to get the materials we needed in relaxed tranquillity.

At 10.30 the doors opened and our members and their friends poured in, barely greeting our custodian of the door as they peered eagerly at the rows of bolts lying waiting for their pleasure. A few did stop to say hello before descending on the riot of colours and textures begging to be taken home, stroked, mulled over and then made into a quilt or two.

The world famous mince pies appeared at the serving hatch and welcome cups of coffee or tea found their way on to tables where old friends caught up on gossip, new friends were made and quilting stories were exchanged. Ideas for new quilts arrived with the refreshments as visitors chatted happily, having found the fabrics of their quests. Fat quarters appeared out of the bulging bags to be admired by the others at the table while a few other snips were held up to compare colours and designs.

Those waiting to purchase their goodies had to queue, but managed to chat their way to the checkout and cutting table, resting the bolts on the fabrics on the tables nearest to them. I almost lost a hand as I picked up a bolt to replace it, only to be greeted with “Don’t touch that, it’s mine!”

By 1pm we were ready for lunch and the queue was a distant memory. With just a few latecomers perusing the leftovers, those of us who had been on our feet all morning sat down for a well earned rest and a sandwich. Matt and Mikki had had a very good morning and were also ready for a short break.

The Guild tombola came away with a few less prizes as some people had won some lovely Christmas decorations, the bundle of fat quarters donated by Doughty’s and other gifts. On our Guild sales table, a few calendars and other goodies had also disappeared so less for Debbie to take home with her.

A huge thank you to all those who gave up their Saturday morning to help us make this event a roaring success. Make a note in your diaries for next year – 23rd November, same place - time will be 10.30 – 2pm again.

Jan Allston