Video: Samphire Quilters stage colourful exhibition of their needlecraft for King’s Lynn Festival
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Ros Staveley started making a quilt for her daughter's 18th birthday. She's hoping to finish it in time for her 34th - fingers crossed.
Colourful patchwork quilts and other upcycled needlecraft have brought a blaze of colour to North Lynn Community Centre.
The King's Lynn-based Samphire Quilters - named after the edible weed which grows on the salt marsh - have brought their annual festival exhibition to a new venue this year.
'It's not just quilts, it's all sorts of things,' said Ros Staveley, from Wisbech, the 40-strong group's chair. 'There's cushions, bags, boxes, a variety of patchwork which have been done over the last year.
'Some people think this is really nice, I'd like to have a go at that. I've been doing it since I saw a programme on the BBC in the 1970s.'
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One quilt Mrs Staveley started 16 years ago, for her daughter's birthday, features in the show.
'Some people churn quilts out really quickly,' she added. 'My son's now 30, he says: 'When are you going to finish mine.'
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Formed in 1991, the quilters have raised thousands for charity selling their work. They meet regularly for teas and suppers - as well as workshops where members can learn different forms of needlecraft. Quilts are just the tip of the iceberg.
Brenda St Aubin, from Friday Bridge was working away on a sewing machine in one corner of the hall.
'I'm wrapping washing line, then making baskets, bags and bowls,' she said. 'It's literally just from scraps of fabric. You don't have to spend a lot of money you can just use scraps.'
Using off-cuts and cast-offs can help cut the cost of quilt making. But the one thing you can't skimp on is time.
Sue Moffat, from Ringstead, spent six months making the huge quilt which dominates the rear wall of the hall for her daughter's wedding.
'It was fairly intense,' she said. 'Not every night, but I would spend whole days doing it.'
Mrs Staveley added: 'The problem with a hobby like ours is people don't realise how long it takes to do something.'
The Samphire Quilters exhibition runs at the North Lynn Community Centre today, tomorrow and Monday, from 10am - 4pm, at North Lynn Community Centre. Admission £2.
Go to www.edp24.co.uk to see a video on the exhibition.