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Devon Quilters' Day, Hatherleigh March 7 2015

Liz Musselwhite made for her parents' golden wedding anniversary

DEVON QUILTERS’ DAY – 7th March 2015 at Hatherleigh

After a cup of coffee and a welcome from Diane Whitehead, our Co-ordinator, the day started with a talk by Liz Musselwhite from North Devon.  As a very young girl she was introduced to fabric and sewing by her mother, who was a dressmaker, and this set the scene for a life never far from craft and textiles.

After a career as an occupational therapist and early widowhood Liz moved to Devon fourteen months ago.  Prior to this she had gone from sewing clothes to an interest in patchwork and quilting.  Her early progress was buoyed by a class from Edith Henry and earning several rosettes at various shows. We were excited to see her quilts and hear their stories, which were fascinating. 

One of Liz’s most personal quilts is the dahlia quilt she made for her parents’ golden wedding anniversary, which included photos her father had taken of family members.  These were subtly introduced into the dahlia pattern and made a stunning quilt.  For more information go to:

In the afternoon we were treated to a demonstration of dying using Procion MX dyes by Katy Choroszewska.  Her light-hearted talk started with jokes about her family name and efforts to pronounce it, Diane very wisely introduced her as ‘Katy’.

Katy has made a career from hand dying fabrics and threads which provide a kaleidoscope of colour across the spectrum.  Her detailed information on quantities of dye, soda ash etc. meant that any of us in the audience can now give it a go at home.  Impressively, when Katy filled jugs and jars as she added the various ingredients, she did not spill a drop of dye during her demonstration.  Details of availability of Katy’s threads and fabrics can be obtained from:

The Challenge this year is ‘fans’ and there were four entries, viewers’ choice was the entry from Patricia Collinson from Hartland.  Diane is hoping to display the challenge entries at Westpoint in September, so you still have more time to complete your entries, information is on our Quilters’ Guild Region 4 website.

After show and tell and the raffle draw which completed a very enjoyable day we wended our way home in glorious sunshine.  Thank you Diane for organising it.