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York - Seminar 2013

King's Manor, York

I have just returned from York , and our seminars seem to be going from strength to strength. It takes an incredible amount of organisation, but everyone seemed very pleased with the event. The venue at Kings Manor was pleasant, the food tasty, and the papers interesting and varied. The dinner at Dean Court was a success. The Sykas workshop and the museum tour were much enjoyed. And evensong at the Minster was a highlight for several of our members. So I am very pleased with the way that the weekend went.

Philip Sykas gave a workshop based on pigments and the technique of pinning. He is a real expert on this subject and I am looking forward to more details of his new book, to be published soon. I arrived in time to hear part of the museum tour by Sue Marks, so I know what a pleasure this was. We can rightly be very pleased about the BQSG exhibition Its All in the Making. I bought my copy of the catalogue and was impressed by the essays and the quality of the illustrations.

The technical side of things went smoothly this year - always a relief - and the papers and progress reports given were all very interesting. Dorothy Oslers talk was a good overview of her work, for those of us who already have her book on the same subject. 

I was a bit nervous before my talk - but was glad to have taken my Sanderson Star quilts to show, even if it did mean a very heavy suitcase to drag to and from the seminar. And of course, it was good to meet up with and talk to fellow enthusiasts of quilt history during the weekend.

Next years seminar is already booked, and will be held at the Chatsworth Hotel Worthing on the 10 - 12 October 2014. Further details in the next Culcita. 

Many, many thanks are due to all those who helped in any way with this year's seminar - I enjoyed it immensely. Pippa Moss