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At West Dean College for the 2009 British Quilt Study Group weekend

23 December 2009

Four of the Association’s trustees attended the BQSG weekend in late October 2009. It was held at the wonderful West Dean College in West Sussex, where many of the delegates stayed in the former mansion of Edward James – life long patron of the arts. Before his death in 1984 Edward set up the educational trust which now operates the college – which has an international reputation for short courses, MAs and diplomas.

Christine, Doreen, Jackie and Susan enjoyed a series of presentations and workshops over the course of the weekend held in truly magnificent surroundings. These included:

  • From the UK to the USA: the evolution of chintz appliqué quilts.
  • Print with print: the role of Liberty fabric in the post 1960s UK quilt revival.
  • Pockets of history: quilted and pieced pockets in UK collections.
  • The work and resources of the National Needlework Register.

The practical workshop looking at antique print fabrics was run by Tina Fenwick-Smith and Bridget Long, and gave the trustees the opportunity to reinforce recent study with Dr Philip Sykas, Research Associate of Manchester Metropolitan University.