Event: Kate’s Quilting Treasure Trove
Sunday, 31st May to Friday 12th June
Special Sunday Opening, 31st May
Continuing weekdays to Friday 12th June.
10.00am – 4.00pm
Where: Lady Sew & Sew, Henley
Details: Free entry.
Join us for this lovely exhibition of our friend and Lady Sew and Sew Tutor, Kate Percival. Sadly no longer with us, Kate’s ambition was to hold her very own exhibition at Lady Sew and Sew, and we are proud to extend her legacy with this very special display of her quilt work.
Kate Percival was a very talented quilter, designer, artist and teacher. Having graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from Kingston, she started her career as an art teacher in High Wycombe at the John Hampden Grammar School in 1977. Kate had an amazing feeling for colour and design.
Kate lived in the Netherlands from 2000 to 2004 with her husband Martin and daughter Ellen, and was a founder member of the British Women’s Club Quilting Group in the Hague. As her passion for quilting grew, she helped to organise workshops and was always willing to share her knowledge and feel for colour.
On her return to Marlow she became involved with the Pinner Players amateur theatre group and made costumes for their productions as well as helping with props and stage sets. She was also a volunteer at Waddesdon Manor and helped with write ups on the many paintings on display.
Whilst living in Marlow, Kate started holding workshops at Lady Sew and Sew. These attracted a wide audience in the South and West of England. She developed her ideas into designs which could be started and sometimes finished in just one day. Kate was a very original and creative designer and this is what attracted quilters to her projects. She was also an excellent teacher and her students always felt “I can do this”. She loved the countryside and nature, and was a passionate gardener; hence her feel for colour and shape. She preferred hand quilting, but understood that not everyone felt the same.
Kate was an active member of the Quilters’ Guild Contemporary Quilts Committee, and exhibited and taught at the West Country Quilt Show.
On moving to Hill Head in Hampshire in 2015 she joined Solent Stitchers and was an active and much loved group member up to the time of her death in August 2018.
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