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Quilters skills go on show at exhibition
PICKERING is gearing up for one of the biggest patchwork and quilting exhibitions in the North East.
Wall hangings, Japanese folded patchwork bags, egg cosies and a replica 1980s quilted coat are among the carefully crafted goods going on show.
The exhibition will showcase the work of members and friends of Pickering Patches, a group set up almost 30 years ago.
Group member Julie Richardson, who has spent about two years organising the event, said: “I just think all of the pieces in the exhibition are so pretty and I think once you have made them it is so satisfying. The group have worked really hard and we are all excited to see the exhibition now.”
The group, which has about 35 members, was founded after a patchwork and quilting course at Lady Lumley’s school, Pickering, was cancelled due to lack of students signing up. Those who had signed up though continued the group and have continued to meet once a month to work on various projects.
Charlott Cogbill, chairman of the group, said: “When the group meets it’s a way of sharing ideas and helping each other as well.”
The exhibition, which will be held on Friday and Saturday in Pickering Memorial Hall, is hoping to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance and St Catherine’s Hospice, which serves Ryedale.
The quilts and patchwork offerings have been organised in to different themes for each month, with butterflies and flowers on offer in May and Wimbledon for June. There will also be classes run by Silver Thimble on the day as well as a raffle and refreshments.
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