A fabulous, hand-crafted quilt of 30 squares, depicting wildlife and local landmarks of Rye Harbour has been 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 have masterminded the design and the construction of the quilt, with many other volunteers providing the square images in various forms of needlework.
There is a raffle - 50 prizes to be drawn on the 15th March - the anniversary of when the first Rye Harbour Nature Reserve warden started work in 1970. Prizes listed below.
Tickets - £1 each in books of five can be bought at the nature reserve information cabins, by post (cheque payable to Sussex Wildlife Trust - include your email and we will let you know your numbers - Quilt Raffle, 2 Watch Cottages, Winchelsea Beach TN36 4LU).
Please let us know if you would like to sell raffle tickets for us and/or have Anne come and show your group the quilt. Contact details below.
These are the individual squares and the stitchers who made them:
Shore Crab - by Kamila Breen
Camber Castle and sheep - by Roz Foad
Common Blue butterflies on Common Fleabane - by Anne Wall
Flowers and insects - by Maureen Wilkinson
Mary Stanford Lifeboat House - by Jane Taylor
Moths in meadow - by Mary Dawson
Lapwing - by Anne Wall
Red-roofed Hut - by Amanda Martin
Yellow Horned-poppy - by Susan Prince
Umbellifers - by Leah Athol-Murray
Little Tern - by Ann Cowie
Romney Marsh sheep - by Catherine Emmett
Goldfinch on Teasel - by Lynn Weston
Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve logo - by Lewis Yates
Harbour Seal - by Pat Roberts
Shelduck family - by Anne Wall
Camber Castle - by Nancy Rankin
Sailing boat - Jenny Willsher
Shingle flowers - Mary Dawson
Wind farm - Amanda Martin
Oystercatcher - Anne Wall
Map of the Beach Reserve - Lynn Weston
Brown Hare - Kate Breen (aged 9)
Red-roofed hut and shingle flowers - Kathy Rumsby
Wasp Spider - by Pat Roberts
A pair of Mallard - by Anne Yates
Shingle truck - by Jane Taylor
Salsify x Goatsbeard Hybrid - by Veryan Pollard
Gull and sailing boat - by Hannah Andrews
Wheatear - by Teresa Madden
The quilting stitches have created a fine patterning on the reverse side:
THE 50 RAFFLE PRIZES WILL INCLUDE:
1 - The Rye Harbour Quilt
2 - Quilt Square cushion
3 - Quilt Square cushion
4 - Quilt Square tote bag
5 - Quilt Square tote bag
6 - Painting by James Tomlinson
7 - Painting by Robbie Gooders
8 - Box of Wine - 12 bottles of London Cru
9 - Dinner and wine for two - Brickwall Hotell, Sedlescombe
10 - Cheese Hamper
11 - Champagne Breakfast for two - Jeakes House, Rye
12 - Private Group Tour of Camber Castle for up to ten with mocktails/cocktails
13 - Shingle Shore book
14 - Exploding Kittens card game
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 - by Anne Wall
The prizes are still being compiled - and if you can supply something, that would be great!
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, email@example.com