Monday, 20 April 2009

A surprise visit to the Wealden Quilt Show next weekend

A surprise date for your diary - I'll be demoing sashiko on the Denman Kannon panel at the Wealden Quilt Show in Crowborough next weekend, on both days - Friday and Saturday.

The following info is edited from Jan Allston's post on Yahoo! BQL group -

This year's show will take place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th April. 10 - 5 pm on Friday and 10 - 4 on Saturday. All Saint's New Church Hall, Chapel Green, Church Road, Crowborough. East sussex. TN6 2LB.

As you would expect there are lots of lovely quilts to drool over and we have three traders in attendance. Sleeping Bear Crafts, Puddleducks and Stitch-Witch, so plenty of variety.

There is also the Wealden Challenge. the theme this year is "Stars", smaller quilts with dimensions between 30 and 39 inches square.

With cakes, drinks and ploughman's lunches it should be a really good day out.

If anyone wants raffle tickets, (remember that last year's first and second prizes were won by BQL tickets), please contact me off list.

Prizes this year are amazing bed-sized quilts for first and second winners. Lots of other prizes too.


She also mentioned -

"There are demonstrations all day both days - Friday - I'm on all day Friday with my Bernina Artista 630 doing machine embroidery/appliqué from design to stitchout; Dorothy Thompson will be demonstrating mitred bindings and her exquisite hand quilting, Christine Cooper will be doing Colour Design and Lynette Harris will be showing us how to do Shadow Appliqué. On Saturday, we have Anne Weald - Fabric Painting, Sue Rhodes - Machine Trapunto, Sara Cook -
Drunkard's Path, Corinne Simpson - Machine foundation Piecing and Lynette again with Shadow Appliqué."

If anyone is wondering how the Denman Kannon is coming on, it looked like this last week in Linlithgow, but I've added some juujizashi (cross or ten stitch) to the robe hem. I decided to keep the name, as "denman" sounds like the Japanese for "10,000 legend".

The halo is complete and I'm quite pleased with the glow effect made by the variations in stitch patterns plus various shades of cream and white thread. After next weekend I'll need to add the borders. I had put aside a length of tsumugi cotton with a narrow stripe in several shades of blue but there is another bolt on its way which might be even better (slightly more regular width stripes, about half a centimetre wide), so I'll hold out for that arriving before I decide.

The Kamon Sampler is back from its trip to Prague (see my earlier post), so I'll have that on display too.

Morris dancing update - Hartley Morris Men & Kettle Bridge Clogs are dancing at the Queen's Head at Mereworth. Hartley have been teaching six members of a scout troop to dance and they will also be dancing to complete the requirements for their heritage badge. There are five girls and one boy - as Brian wrote "a sign of the times".

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