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Some of the Hearts that were made during the Mystery workshop

                                                                                
                 
    Our Prize Winner 2011
Jenny Tubbs from Warsash

2012 Speaker and Workshop teacher was Shirley Bloomfield

Our speaker for the day was Shirley Bloomfield from Suffolk. Shirley specialises in Baltimore Applique with "an English twist".  The workshop on the Friday was a great success and many of the attendees said that they learned so much!

Shirley said:

"I found inspiration for my designs in the plants, flowers and wildlife that
surrounded my home – a five hundred year old cottage with a large garden
 (and three cats!) in the heart of the English countryside.
However in December 2010  I moved to a more modern house not far away
and am creating a new but smaller garden.
New home means new inspiration and I am now working
on a new range of ideas.
I particularly like adding dimensional flowers and features
to my designs and it is this feature which appeals to many of my students.
 My designs frequently feature in quilting magazines such as
British Patchwork & Quilting, Fabrications and Popular Patchwork."            
                                                                       

Examples of Shirley's beautiful applique

                           
    Quilts on display for A Gift of Quilts     
                                                                    
 In the exhibition gallery of the Fairground we had a small show
of quilts sent in for A Gift of Quilts, the Olympic project for 2012. 
Wonderfully colourful and attracting a lot of interest from the visiting
quilters and members of the public visiting the cafe and craft centre.                                    


Katie Chaplin and her Kimonos from the 2013 Fairground Day