UPDATE 27th March 2020
A huge thank-you to everyone that supported the Rye Harbour Quilt project. It has raised nearly £5,000 for the Discovery Centre.
All 50 prizewinners have been notified and chosen their prize, but it may be several weeks before we can hand over some prizes.
The quilt has very kindly been re-gifted to the Discovery Centre for occasional display there.
The raffle being drawn by Cliff Dean, chair of the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
The fabulous, hand-crafted quilt of 30 squares, depicting wildlife and local landmarks of Rye Harbour was created to celebrate 50 years of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve in 2020 and to raise funds for our Discovery Centre.
Anne Yates, Amanda Martin and Jenny Willsher masterminded the design and the construction of the quilt, with many other volunteers providing the square images in various forms of needlework.
There was a raffle - 50 prizes were drawn on the 15th March 2020 - the anniversary of when the first Rye Harbour Nature Reserve warden started work in 1970. Prizes listed below.
These are the individual squares and the stitchers who made them:
Shore Crab - by Kamila Breen - My favourite colour is red and I love the red roof of the hut in Rye Harbour. I wasn’t as brave as other clever quilter here and went for the red crab instead.
Camber Castle and sheep - by Roz Foad
Common Blue butterflies on Common Fleabane - by Anne Wall - We didn’t have a butterfly square for the quilt, so I decided to do one and chose the Common blue. The males are obviously blue but the females are very different and rather interesting when you look closely.
Flowers and insects - by Maureen Wilkinson - The inspiration for my embroidered panel was “The Shingle Shore” – a beautifully illustrated book about Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
Mary Stanford Lifeboat House - by Jane Taylor
Moths in meadow - by Mary Dawson
Lapwing - by Anne Wall - My son used to live at Camber and loved the birds, so I did an embroidery picture for him including the Lapwing, and decided to do a similar applique square for the quilt.
Red-roofed Hut - by Amanda Martin - An interpretation of a “drone’s-eye-view” of the Red Roofed Hut, the road way and the vegetation. It is worked in applique, kantha and seeding stitches with French knot and bead embellishment, worked over with machine stitching.
Yellow Horned-poppy - by Susan Prince
Umbellifers - by Leah Athol-Murray - My favourite time walking on the reserve is on a stormy day, but with sunshine. You get the most extraordinarily beautiful light. My favourite flowers on the Reserve are all the umbellifers, beautiful in flower and even more beautiful in seed heads.
Little Tern - by Ann Cowie
Romney Marsh Sheep - by Catherine Emmitt - I live on the edge of the Reserve surrounded by sheep. They act as a kind of seasonal calendar, from the big-bellied ewes of the winter, through the wobbly newborn lambs, to the smartly shorn summer sheep. I used straight stitch embroidery for the grass background, hoping to show all the many shades in a field, and knitted and crocheted the tiny sheep themselves.
Goldfinch on Teasel - by Lynn Western - Sky blue linen background is left-over dress fabric from a local shop (Merchant and Mills). The Goldfinch on Teasel is a reproduction of an illustration for “The Lost Words” by Jackie Morris and Rob McFarland (with permission from JM) This is relevant to RHNR as the Sussex Wildlife Trust were involved in the donation of a copy of The Lost Words to all Primary schools in Sussex. The square is a combination of applique, fabric pen, machine embroidery and hand embroidery. It was inspired by the sight of Goldfinch on Teasels seen on one of the Warden’s wildlife walks.
Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve logo - by Lewis Yates
Harbour Seal - by Pat Roberts
Shelduck family - by Anne Wall - I used to sail with my late husband and we always looked out for the Shelduck that nested besides the river. One day we were going out and the family came across our bow. They all ducked under the water as we passed and then bobbed up behind us. All ten came up again!
Camber Castle - by Nancy Rankin - My square is made up of bits of material left over from other quilts. Camber Castle is small pieces of tweed from a cape I had, the lace effect on the lake tries to capture movement. This is one of our favourite walks with our old dog
Sailing boat - Jenny Willsher
Shingle flowers - Mary Dawson
Wind farm - Amanda Martin - My second square is inspired by the wind turbines over the river which provide a distinct horizon, as viewed from the reserve. This is worked in applique with hand and machine stitching to add balance and texture. I have used fabrics from dresses made for myself and my grandaughter, and trousers that were my daughter’s. I have used many threads and beads, including some from my late mother-in-law, so I am pleased with the memories as well as the re-use of the materials in my squares.
Oystercatcher - Anne Wall - A pair of Oystercatchers nested on the warehouse buildings across the river from our mooring at Rye. When the chicks hatched, I was worried they would fall off the roof before they were able to fly, but all was well and they fledged successfully.
Map of the Beach Reserve - Lynn Western - All hand embroidered on calico. Inspired by the map on sale at the nature reserve Information Centre.
Brown Hare - Kate Breen (aged 9) - I chose the hare when looking at the lovely book about Rye Harbour. As soon as I saw the photograph I knew that’s what to make.
Red-roofed hut and shingle flowers - Kathy Rumsby
Wasp Spider - by Pat Roberts
A pair of Mallard - by Anne Yates - These Mallards are re-cycled from some bedding given to us by my sister-in-law, many moons ago. I find it very difficult to throw out material and so I was happy to re-use a little in this quilt. Pam, my sister-in-law, is very proud of her brother and his achievements here on the Reserve. It feels right that she has some connection with the quilt to raise money for our new Discovery Centre, even though she is very far away in Texas.
Shingle truck - by Jane Taylor
Salsify x Goatsbeard Hybrid - by Veryan Pollard - From a photo I took. This flower is found in very few places, as is the picture-wing fly which was conveniently resting on it.
Gull and sailing boat - by Hannah Andrews
Wheatear - by Teresa Madden - I had an old book with illustrations of birds which I used for inspiration for the square. I drew the outline of the bird and used embroidery – very basic! - to do a sort of kantha stitching. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I really loved the finishing touches of painting the background. I had some chalk paints and used these to bring the image to more of a 3D life. I was so happy, I wanted to do another.
The quilting stitches have created a fine patterning on the reverse side:
THE 50 RAFFLE PRIZES WERE:
1 - The Rye Harbour Quilt
2 - Quilt Square cushion - Robin
3 - Quilt Square cushion - Hares
4 - Quilt Square tote bag - boat and lifeboat house
5 - Quilt Square tote bag - saltmarsh weaving
6 - Swarovski CL Pocket 8x25 binoculars donated by Feathers Optics and Swarovski
7 - Painting by James Tomlinson - hut, mustard and Goldfinches
8 - Box of Wine - 12 bottles of London Cru
9 - Dinner and wine for two - Brickwall Hotel, Sedlescombe
10 - Viking Swallow 12-36x50mm spotting scope donated by Feathers Optics and Viking Optical
11 - Champagne Breakfast for two - Jeakes House, Rye
12 - Private Group Tour of Camber Castle for up to ten with mocktails/cocktails
13 - Opticron Oregon 4 PC Wildlife Trust 8x32 binoculars donated by Feathers Optics and Opticron
14 - Voucher for £25 for flowers or refreshment at Café des Fleurs at Rye station
15 - Massage session with Jane Taylor of Taylor-made Fitness
16 - Painting of saltings by Cliff Dean
17 - Bottle of Glenfiddich single malt whisky donated by Kathy and Rick Rumsby
18 - Customised stone house nameplate - by JT Stone Restoration
19 - Child's quilt c.140cm x 120cm - by Anne Wall
20 - Tit nest box and robin nest box donated by Feathers Wild Bird Care
21 - Exploding Kittens card game
22- Cheese Hamper
23 - Voucher for £50 to spend at Feathers Wild Bird Care
24 - Painting by Robbie Gooders
25 - Archipelago Kingfisher wood carving donated by Feathers Wild Bird Care
26 - Shingle Shore book
27 - Bob Greenhalf limited edition print - Rye Harbour Oystercatchers
28 - Bottle of Welsh Penderyn whisky donated by Veryan Pollard
29 - Hand Knitted socks, two pairs - His and Hers - made and donated by Amanda Martin
30 - Guided Tour of a hidden nature reserve in the Brede Valley with Philip Newton
31 - Short Break at Rye Harbour donated by Park Holidays
32 - Sketch of RX60 fishing boat by M.Martin, donated by Alan Martin.
33 - A pair of Zeiss Sunglasses donated by Roger Pope & Partners
34 - Felt picture by Sue Prince
35 - Canvas Tote bag with quilt square - wading bird
36 - Photo by Peter Greenhalf - reeds and Camber Castle
37 - Bird Umbrella (large)
38 - Quilt Square cushion - bird
39 - Red-roofed Hut framed collage by Lynn Weston
40 - Fauna Britannica book
41 - RHS Plants and Flowers book
42 - Isles of Scilly - New Naturalist book
43 - Pair of Kilim cushions donated by Antiuque and Vintage Rugs and Carpets in Rye
44 - Bottle of English white wine
45 - Tea cup set
46 - £200 voucher to spend on outdoor clothing at the Paramo shop in Wadhurst
47 – Electric Toothbrush Philips Sonicare 9500
48 – Pinky Botanical Vodka
49 – Two Handmade Notebooks by Helen Hunt
50 - Bugs Britannica donated by Pat Bonham
If you'd like to read an interview with Anne, Amanda and Jenny, see here.
Thank you to everyone involved with the quilt, and those who are supporting us with prizes.
To contact us about prizes, raffle tickets or the quilt coming to visit your group - email Anne Yates, firstname.lastname@example.org