Shopping early for Christmas

During the last week, I spent four days at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood in Kent, the location for the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair. The Fair takes place in a series of huge marquees erected on grassland near the farm buildings. Close to where I parked my car, I spotted a superior-looking alpaca!

alpaca at The Hop Farm (Wealden Times Midwinter Fair)

On the way towards to the marquee, I also passed some friendly horses.

Wednesday 16th was set-up day.

setting up the stand at the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair

Thursday was challenging for everyone, because of the extent of rainfall in the area, which made the ground very wet indeed. Wellingtons or other sturdy boots became a key fashion accessory!

Thursday at The Hop Farm (Wealden Times Midwinter Fair)

Friday brought some sunshine and some wind, both of which helped to dry up the land. I re-worked the stand and on Day 2, it looked like this.

Day 2 at the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair, The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood

Saturday was dry but cooler. After another switch around, the stand looked like this. I was in the Red Marquee, designated by the large red balloon seen below.

The Midwinter Fair has several thousand visitors and there was plenty of opportunity to talk to people about the quilts I make, the ‘Quilt in a Day’ class I teach (information here) and about all the inspiration and information availabIe on this website and in the monthly newsletter I send out (click here if you would like to get the newsletter).

talking to visitors at the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair

I sold some quilts at the show. It’s lovely to think if them going to people who will really enjoy and appreciate them. There are some quilts left over, so they are now being listed – a few at a time – onto my Amanda Handmade Quilts shop on Etsy here

The reason for the ‘Shopping Early’ instruction is that the Amanda Handmade Quilts shop is going to close at midnight on Sunday 11 December 2022 and will not re-open until Sunday 1 January 2023. This is an unusual decision I know, but after an intensely busy year, this period of calm over Christmas is important to me.

So if you’d like a quilt or other handmade stitched or quilted item, keep an eye on the shop. There is only one of each item.

Published by Amanda Jane Textiles

I am an artist, designer and maker living in Ramsgate, UK

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