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September Subscriptions!

21 Sep

We are back again after the Summer break to enjoy all things Patchwork and Quilting which we did on our trip to the West Country Quilt and Textile Show in Bristol this September. A lovely day out and enjoyed by all.

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Members enjoying a chat over cake and spending some money!

The first meeting of the year on September 9th was all about paying subscriptions, catching up after the break and making plans for the coming year.

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Keris has been busy making a fabulous table runner to match the colour scheme in her daughter’s new house.

At the next meeting on October 14th the speaker is Joy Savage. See you all there!

 

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Twilight Silhouettes with Gail Lawther.

12 Jul

On Friday we spent a very enjoyable day with Gail Lawther, an award-winning quilter and teacher, working on her Twilight Silhouettes.  It was so superbly organised and well taught that all of us went home with something nearly finished. From the requirements list to the worksheets provided on the day and the element of choice to personalise it, a fabulous day to be recommended.

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Thank you Gail!

AGM 2017 and Summer Lunch.

An excellent Summer Lunch was enjoyed by all at our 2017 AGM. A big thank you to all the committee and especially Caroline Leonard, Helen Morgan and Catherine Macey. The food was delicious.

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After lunch speaker Gail Lawther talked to us about a varied selection of her work from stained glass techniques to landscape. She is inspired by birds and landscape and her talk was much enjoyed and the work greatly admired.

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We all loved this Penguin Party Quilt.

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Stunning work!

The votes had been counted and this year the Wendy Surridge Challenge was won by Wendy Floyd with her clever miniature quilt.

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Wendy also brought along a Signature Quilt that her group are working on, to give to the brave policeman stabbed in the London Bridge terror attack. The quilt will be on display on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August at the Festival of Quilts.

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Stephanie Crawford’s Unfolding Stories.

13 Jun

Stephanie came to talk to us about her work and spoke of how her quilting had changed and evolved from patchwork and quilting. Her love of drawing, painting, printing and stitching on fabric came out and she found her own style! What a style, we were enthralled and inspired for an hour, and thoroughly enjoyed looking at her work.

60’s inspiration! A large wall hanging consisting of 30 small quilts held together with hand made 60’s style buttons.

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This is a series of quilts based on photos taken by Stephanie’s friend, Jayne Burton, of Samba dancers at the St Paul’s Festival 2013.

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Following a trip to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) this is the first part of a tryptych.

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The Tube.

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This bed quilt uses  36 blocks – two stencilled designs. Beautiful!

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Black and white series called “Frome Views”

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Triptych – A Chinese journey in three parts which won first prize in the pictorial category at Festival of Quilts 2013 and “Best in World” at the World Quilt Show in the US 2014. Stunning!

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We had a good turnout for Stephanie’s talk and members couldn’t wait for it too start!

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 Wendy Surridge Challenge

There are some superb entries for the Miniature Challenge this year and we all found it so difficult to vote! Well done to all who entered, winners to be announced in July at the AGM!

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Little Laura’s Haberdashery (The Quilt Shop)

Supplier Little Laura’s also came with an array of stock to choose from. Quilting heaven! Who could ask for more. Thank you both!

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Dian Smith describes her quilting journey.

16 May

Dian Smith came from Swansea to speak to us in May and told us about her quilting journey using some beautiful quilts. Dian’s work covers every aspect of patchwork and quilting, from large (10’6″ square) bed quilts traditionally pieced to tiny pictorial postcard size miniatures, from chenille teddies to silk evening bags. Kantha, Mola, Trapunto, Applique, pieced and foundation pieced. Although her favourite technique is freestyle and painted quilts, layering and stitching until you achieve the desired effect. Dian does workshops on various things including ‘free motion quilting for the terrified’, chenille, trapunto, lovely bags made out of old jeans and impressionist ‘painting’with fabric and thread.

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This is both sides of the same quilt!

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Christmas Tree with lights and bags with crocheted ring pull handles. Very clever!

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Stunning miniatures and postcards.

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Blodeuwedd (a beautiful woman made from flowers), one of the legends belonging to the Mabinogion, a famous collection of old Welsh legends.

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Thank you Dian, some inspiring work!

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GQ member Keris Howard has finished a quilt that she started 20 years ago which was originally intended to be a cushion! Over the last few years it took on a life of it’s own and became a beautiful quilt. Keris used the scraps from the borders to make a pair of matching crazy patchwork cushion covers!

Kent on Quilting!

10 Apr

This month Helen Kent, Assistant Editor of Patchwork and Quilting magazine, came to talk to us about her quilting journey. Very interesting it was too, and similar to a lot of us in that it fits in around another job, home and family. Helen is a Finger Print Officer for half the week so is quite used to precision and accuracy. When an opportunity came up to go for an interview for Assistant Editor at Patchwork and Quilting magazine, she seized the chance and now juggles the week between two jobs.

Always into sewing, Helen made her own wedding dress. She loves crafting, trying out most crafts as time went on. Then, on the advice of her Aunt, Helen tried out Patchwork and Quilting. The rest is history, she was hooked. This is where she started with christmas fabrics and a sampler quilt.

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Helen went on to teach classes in her local shop Cotton Angel in Monmouth, using Jelly Rolls and now also teaches Bargello too. Are’t these amazing!

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Thank you Helen for a very informative talk!

Members showed a stunning range of paper pieced Hexagon designs this month. It certainly isn’t going out of fashion if it ever did! Complete quilts and borders, I wonder….

Perhaps someone would be up for a mini class within a meeting to give a few of us some tips on how to go about it??

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Last but not least Helen’s flower and butterfly quilt is looking fabulous too!

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Signature Month and Sewing Machines!

13 Mar

This month members were treated to a lively talk from GQ member Gayney Jones. Gayney brought along a Signature quilt she won in a raffle to support MS and what a stunning quilt it is! Signed by an array of famous people including Joanna Lumley, Nick Faldo and Victoria Wood, it is beautifully made using 4 inch blocks.

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Gayney was 1st prizewinner again when she made this lovely quilt to commemorate the Centenary of the WI. She made best use of the fabrics, colours and design to show off all the things the WI stood for  in the past and carries forward with passion into the future.

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Gayney brought a selection of Christmas things she has made to inspire members. We were all eager to have a closer look in preparation for this year!

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A rail fence quilt was one of the first things Gayney made. This poppy hanging is beautiful.

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Bath Sewing Studio.

 We had a queue of machines waiting for servicing by Mark Pickles of Bath Sewing Studio today.  The service was very thorough with each machine being treated to a good clean, adjustment and a new needle with lots of expert advice on hand for problems. To be recommended! They also brought along a great range of fabrics for us to browse and choose from. A busy day and fabrics too!

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Mendelssohn Moments!

20 Feb

This month Honorary Life member of GQ, Judi Mendelssohn, brought a roadshow of quilts and anecdotes and kept us in “stitches” during her talk on a lifetime of Patchwork and Quilting. It was lovely to catch up with her after she moved away and went on her travels.

Feast your eyes on this gallery of beautiful quilts!

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img_5762-collage As any of you who bought fabric or attended workshops there, these two were made for Judi’s shop, “Joseph’s Coat” now sadly closed.

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Judi designed this stunning “Lego” quilt for her 3 sons.

A wonderful display and a very enjoyable afternoon.

Strippy Briads Workshop.

Then the following day Judi ran a workshop which some of the group attended, involving making a series of five different braids. The instructions were very good and this enabled everyone to end the day with samples of all the braids.

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A lovely weekend. Thank you Judi!