Archive | June, 2013

Canadian Quilters visit the Vale of Glamorgan

27 Jun

Recently a group of quilters from Canada visited Wales. Glamorgan Quilters, together with Bridgend Quilters were invited to meet up with them at Miskin Manor Hotel on the evening of 13 May, for a Show and Tell.

The ladies who were from Newfoundland and Ontario had brought many examples of their work along to show us the type of things they made. Obviously, there were no large bed quilts, airline luggage restrictions prohibited that, but what the quilts lacked in size was more than made up for in impact. There was a wide range of skills, artistic ability and imagination on show, together with some stunning embroideries. I found it quite interesting to find they had used many fabrics that we are familiar with on this side of the ocean.

Approximately twenty members from Glamorgan and Bridgend Quilters were at the Show and Tell and everyone brought an example of their work to show. It was surprising even to local members to see such beautiful quilts that we hadn’t realised had been made or seen by ourselves as a group before. I think it justifies another Quilt Exhibition!

The evening was rounded off with – yes, you’ve guessed it, tea, coffee and cake together with lots of friendly exchanges. The ladies had only arrived in the UK that day and were facing quite an action packed week, so it was soon time for them to have their evening meal before heading for an early night. Unfortunately, the weather predictions for the week were not good, but I hope the rain didn’t detract from their experience of Wales too much. At least the ladies from Newfoundland are used to a bit of rain.

Helen Morgan

2013 Canadian Quilt Tour

17 Jun

In May this year three members of Glamorgan Quilters – Jill Stephens, Jo John and me, Jill Merrifield – joined another five women from England on a Canadian Quilting Tour organised by Janet Wallace of JJN Amish Tours.


We flew from Heathrow to Toronto and transferred to a lovely hotel in Cambridge, a small town about one hour outside Toronto. This hotel became our base for a week during which time we enjoyed the busy itinerary Janet had arranged for us.

The first of the many Quilt Shows we went to was in a small town called Ailsa Craig where the local Quilt Festival Committee puts on an annual exhibition showcasing the works of quilters from another country. This year it was “Quilts of Israel” – a superb selection of traditional and fibre art quilts and wall hangings – and we had the opportunity to talk to the Israeli women who had brought their quilts for exhibition.

Next year the Ailsa Craig Committee have asked some quilters from the UK to show their art in the festival.

During the following week Janet organised for us to visit quilt exhibitions in Perth County Museum (where the curator also showed us some of the antique quilts in the Museum’s collection), in the Homer Watson House (the Grand National Quilt show, an invitational Canada-wide quilt exhibition that celebrates both traditional and inspirational work), at various locations around St Jacobs where we could preview quilts which were due to be auctioned by the Mennonite Relief Committee and not least, at a Show and Tell hosted by one of Canada’s top Long Arm Quilters. We saw fibre-art work to admire and traditional work to inspire – a brilliant mixed bag of works. What a delight !

We also visited many fabric shops, ranging from a marvellous discount warehouse to wonderful top of the range fabric shops. Plenty of opportunity to spend our holiday money!!

One of the highlights of the tour was attending the Mennonite Relief Sale of Quilts by Auction in Hamburg – an event run by the Mennonite Relief Committee to raise money to help in their charitable works anywhere in the world at times of disaster. This was a truly amazing event; we saw many beautiful quilts and wall hangings all donated for auction and raising many thousands of dollars. The prize quilt itself made over $10,000. Awesome !


Other brilliant excursions included a trip to St Jacobs Market (home to many and varied delicious foodstuffs), a tour of Crawford Lake Iroquoian Village (a reconstruction on site of an Indian village), a treasure hunt of Quilt Blocks affixed to barns, church notice boards, railway carriages etc. on the Oxford Barn Quilt Trail (we spotted 17 of the 19 on the trail – it became quite a competition in the coach to be the first ‘spotter’).



On our penultimate day a boat trip on the “Maid of the Mist” into the waters of Niagara Falls. Wowee – this was one ticked off my bucket list! It was breathtaking.

On the final day we had a super lunch in the restaurant at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. Another bucket list event and a really good meal to boot.

This is but a short synopsis of a week and a half full of lovely places to see, shop and eat – the time went all too quickly. If, after reading this, anyone feels that this tour could be for them, Janet’s web address is She has other tours listed there and having joined her on her Quilters Holiday Tour 4 years ago this would be another I couldn’t recommend too highly. Maybe one day I’ll treat myself to another adventure with her?

Project Linus Block Challenge

13 Jun

Take part in the Project Linus Block Challenge at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in 2013. This year the theme is ‘Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter’. Make 12 1/2″ blocks in one of 4 colourways and bring them to our stand to be made into quilts:

Spring – pastel shades with pink, yellow and light green
Summer – bright blue, yellow, and primary colours
Autumn – brown, orange, gold and dark green
Winter – Christmas colours plus black and white.

British – Finnish Stash Quilts Challenge

11 Jun

Calling all Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles (QGBI) members
Why not have a go? You need to:
Select between 4 and 6 pieces of fabric from your stash (e.g. 4 fat quarters), corresponding to approximately 1 metre (40 inches) of fabric

Put the fabric in a large envelope, along with a card bearing the name and address of the sender
Post it to Millie Thomas – email for the address

In Finland, envelopes will be collected in the same way. The envelopes will then be exchanged between Britain and Finland.

Every participant will then receive an envelope of fabrics from the other country. With these, along with other fabrics from your own stash, you should make a quilt 32 inches long and 16 inches wide

In both Britain and Finland a jury will select 30 quilts from their country. The 60 stash quilts will be exhibited at the festival of Quilts 2014

Rules of entry for QGBI members
All envelopes of fabric must reach Millie Thomas by 9 September 2013
Participants will receive an exchange envelope by 28 September
A high quality image of the completed 32 inch long by 16 inch wide quilt must reach Millie Thomas by 1 April 2014 – either a digital image or printed photograph by post
Successful applicants will be notified by 1 May 2014
Selected quilts must reach St Anthony’s by 1 June 2014: all 30 quilts will be sent to Finland together Any further instructions will be issued with notification of acceptance of your quilt

Fundraising Event a Great Success

9 Jun

on 6 June, Glamorgan Quilters member Julia Fulford, organised a day sewing at Ystradowen Village Hall to raise money for The Quilters Guild of The Bristish Isles museum.

Lunch was provided with plenty of tea/coffee and home made cakes. The choice was incredible and all freshly prepared by a small band of willing helpers.

Many, many thanks to Julia. She must have worked so hard to make the day the success it was. The food was delicious – have you ever been faced with a choice of lasagnes – beef, vegetarian, gluten free and then an onion free beef lasagne, as well as poached salmon, a chicken and bean casserole and a wide selection of salads. Not forgetting the desserts, cheese, wine and punch!

Wendy Robbins from Swansea Quilters managed a sales table with items donated by members, and Jackie Pugh was in charge of manning the Project Linus Quilts.

The day was well supported with Quilters from the area and it was a delight to spend time with like minded people and to support a worthy cause. I hope that Julia achieved her target of £500, and possibly more.

Pat Hixon

Julia has since reported that she has raised a staggering £905.00!

Mothers of Africa Quilt Project

8 Jun

You may recall that earlier this year Cardiff School of Art and design sent details of a project that they were running to support the medical Charity Mothers of Africa. Last year Maggie Cullinane, a members of staff from the Art School coordinated the making of a quilt to raise funds for the charity and this year, she has been into some Cardiff primary schools to work with the children to produce some amazing wall hangings.

Year 2 and 6 children from Rumney primary school have produced a colourful one
children's quilt

And children from the ely &Caerau Children’s Centre produced some very colourful hand prints!
children's quilt 2_edited-1

Maggie even managed to involve textile staff from the art school to produce this lovely piece of work
Staff quilt

The children’s work is being exhibited at the Art Students summer show 8-14 June (between 10.00am and 6.00pm) at Llandaff campus

Click here for more information about the project

Click here for more information about the Mothers of Africa charity

Karin Hellaby Shares her Passion for Patchwork and Quilting

2 Jun

Glamorgan Quilters welcomed Karin Hellaby to yesterday’s meeting.

Karin’s talk gave an insight into how her passion for patchwork and quilting began and how it has developed over the years to the point that she now has an international reputation. As well as teaching all over the world she is involved in the running of specialist holidays for those wishing extend their knowledge and skills.

Below is some of her work

Exploding pineapples
exploding pineapples

Jubilee celebration
union jack

Karin’s quilt shop is based in Suffolk. Check out Karin’s blog to get her view of her visit to Cowbridge.