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Roedean girls’ hard work last year paid off as their finished quilt was given an award and recognised as being an excellent piece of work and craftsmanship at the National Quilt Championships at Sandown Race course over the last weekend. More than 200 quilts were entered into the competition and were judged in detail to a strict criteria.
The quilt was made last year to celebrate Ms Dellar’s wedding to Mr Maynard and took six months to complete. At the time she was Deputy Housemisstress of House 2 and in recognition of the house colour, yellow, a pallette of cream through gold was chosen. Made primarily of silk and other luxury fabrics, it is in a style that would have been very popular in the late 1880's when the School was founded. The style is known as 'crazy quilting' and was inspired when British women visited the Japanese Exhibit at the World Trade exhibition at Crystal Palace.
Selection of this style allowed as many girls and staff as wanted to work on the quilt as they embellished the pieced undercloth. As a result it is heavily encrusted with beads, buttons, embroidery and bling. All members of the school had the opportunity to work on it including Headmistress Mrs King. The project was coordinated by Mrs Julie Williams - House1 and parent Karen Poll.