Take One Empty Hall & Fill It With Fabric – Heaven!

Every year Puriton Quilters host a Doughty’s Roadshow, how lovely is this for us, coming out into the sleepy sticks of Somerset and taking over the East Huntspill Village Hall for a good few house. Doughty’s are based in Hereford and are in attendance at many quilting shows and visit many places throughout the year with their roadshows, a list of shows can be found here.

Stage with displayed quilts

The date for the following year is set exactly a year in advance and we have all found our little niche in what we do towards the day. I for example do the advertising and sandwiches for our lunch, Linda in charge of kitchen, Yvonne organised the display quilts on the day and also treasurer, Lin has to supply her lemon drizzle cake, Jenny her sausage rolls to name a few of the jobs undertaken. Those of us who can bring along a man to help with the heavy work do so, bringing them along first thing and then with strict instructions for them to return at the end to carry out the reverse of what they did that morning.

John and his role on stage
Peter & Keith with useful arms
Keith displaying the RNLI banner

Each year a different charity is decided on who will receive any money made on the day, this money will be gained by selling raffle tickets for a group made quilt and the purchase of light refreshments. Previous years have seen the Heart Foundation and Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance having the money donated, this year it was decided that the Burnham-on-Sea RNLI would receive. Once the RNLI were contacted they were very eager to help in any way they could, this included Matt coming along fully kitted up, sitting and selling draw tickets along with members of the group and Jan who manned a small table with RNLI goodies where only a donation was requested . Both Matt and Jan are volunteers in the RNLI with Matt a newly qualified helmsman and Jan giving time to the RNLI shop in Burnham High Street.

Matt (Helmsman) selling tickets for the group quilt prize in the background
Jan pulling the winning ticket with Lin

By the time we have finished getting the hall ready, the que of fabricholics is already forming at the door, some traveling a fair distance to attend. During the time of customers it is our ‘job’ to take the bolts of fabric that have found their way to the cutting table back to be displayed for someone else to take a fancy to. Also it’s during the opening time you get to meet so many lovely fellow quilters, being asked for particular fabrics to advice on what fabric to put with a little piece of a sample they have brought along with them. Seeing an old friend and whipping off for a cup of coffee with them for a quick break from being on your feet and carrying heavy loads is a real welcome throughout the day.

Penny’s donation to the kitchen
A lull in customers
Colour -a-plenty

The raffles main prize this year was won by Lisa Bowsher a local lady who has plans to put the quilt into their motorhome, to enjoy during their travels. Money raised this year totals £400 and this will be handed over during a yet-to-be-organised date, where we have been invited along to visit the RNLI station with a tour of the station and boats and to watch a practice launch from the jetty, this will now be sometime in October.

Kitchen Fayre
Christmas selection

Finally it’s time to sweep the floors, say goodbye to Doughty’s and head for a well-earned rest on the sofa!!

Click here for for more information on the RNLI.


  1. Louisa

    Having worked for Doughty’s a while back this all sounds very familiar! They do put a great roadshow and always appreciate a well organised group, especially when it comes to cake! Glad you had a great day!