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Happy days at the Exhibition!

29 Jul

Well, what a day – around 300 people through the doors and heaps of wonderful comments about the exquisite work on show – something to be ver proud of all you Glamorgan Quilters!

Lots of ooh’s and aah’s round the main exhibition space in the church….

Chapel area

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and lots of chatter in the tea room where friends had the chnace to catch up…

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As well as welcoming locals, including Barry Stitch ‘n Bitch, Cowbridge Stitch ‘n Bitch and Cutting Edge Textile group members we welcomed guests from West Wales, Bristol and as far afield as tel Aviv – how wonderful is social media!

And, not forgetting that this showcase of wonderful work could not have been achieved without the help of many of the Glamorgan Quilters members who rallied round to support the event in various ways. For example, making crafts and cakes, offering their quilts and crafts for exhibition, and/or volunteering their time to organise and run the event. What an amazing crew you all are – THANK YOU!!!!

Here are a few of the crew involved but there were many more….

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And, tomorrow we have the opportunty to welcome lots more people through the doors – we are so…… looking forward to it!

Setting up the Exhibition

28 Jul

After what seemed a long wait today was the day that we set up our 35th Anniversary Exhibition. and, tomorrow and Saturday we look forward to welcoming many guests to enjoy the sight – which is truly memorable!

But to wet your appetite take a look at these photos of work in progress…….

Keris and Catherine

Keris and Catherine

Pat and Corinne

Pat and Corinne

Helen and Salinder

Helen and Salinder

Hilary and Salinder setting up the crafts stall

Hilary and Salinder setting up the crafts stall

Wendy Surridge challenge quilts

Wendy Surridge challenge quilts

Sonia with Signature quilt

Sonia with Signature quilt

Many thanks to all those who gave their time today to help get the quilt show off to a flying start – what stars you all are!!

The exhibition is at:
United Free Church, Cowbridge CF71 7AQ
11am-4pm
29-30 July 2016

There are more quilts in Cowbridge ty Hafan shop window along with crafts that Ty Hafan volunteers have made to raise funds for the charity

And WW1 Quilts being exhibited in the Old Hall – smae dates and times as GQ exhibition

GQ 2016 AGM

10 Jul

On 9 July GQ held its AGM which gave the opportunity to reflect on the past years activity which included the making of the signature quilt (which was on display), participating in an enjoyable workshop to learn the art of Japanese folded patchwork and hearing a number of interesting speakers which included the Mother of Africa charity work, Textile traders, Batik’nBeads and how to take good photos of your quilts, to name but a few.

members viewing the signature quilt

members viewing the signature quilt

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AGM lunch

Business over and it was time to enjoy lunch, find out who had won the Wendy Surridge Challenge and hear our guest speaker Christine Porter.

Corinne Roberts was the lucky winner of the Wendy Surridge challenge with her lovely collage quilt

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Hilary Carney took 2nd prize and there were joint 3rd prize winners Helen Hughes and Wendy Floyd.

The day was rounded off with a talk from Christine Porter….. and not only were members entertained with a lively and enjoyable account of her travels they were able to enjoy viewing a wide range of Christine’s beautiful work.

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CP collage

A full and enjoyable day and more to come in September!

Email from Christine Porter in response to our thank you note:

Thank you for inviting me to speak at your meeting on Saturday. Your hospitality was amazing! I have been trailing around the UK for years, talking to and teaching groups, and I can honestly say, I have never sat down to such a delicious spread as you provided. The welcome I received was very warm and friendly and I was so well looked after. It was a great pleasure meeting your members. Happy Quilting in the future”.
Best wishes
Chris
http://www.christineporterquilts.com

Showcasing Work at Cowbridge Library

4 Jul

Ahead of the GQ quilt exhibition and in an effort to help promote it we have put a display up in the foyer of Cowbridge Library.

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It consists of some members work and examples of items that will be for sale on the GQ craft stall at the exhibition. There have been many stunning craft items donated to support our nominated charity Ty Hafan.

We will also be putting a display in the window of Ty Hafan Emporium in a couple of weeks time

We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition which is being held on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July in the United Free Church, Cowbridge CF71 7AQ between 11am and 4pm

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GQ Quilt Exhibition

15 Jun

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Quilt Happy

14 May

Today was another busy day at GQ HQ with members busy on projects and learning new skills. GQ member Wendy Floyd continued demonstrating how to make pleated squares. It surely can’t be long before we see a cushion or a quilt as a result?

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Wendy with group

Wendy with group

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As ever there was lots of work in progress. Jayne brought in one of 4 panels of painted witches that she is stitching.

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Margaret was busy working on her hexagon quilt

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And Rhona had finished making a beautiful box

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The group also welcomed Nick Thornton from the Vale Photography Society who gave a very interesting talk and practical demonstration on how to take a good photo of your quilt.

It was great to see members getting involved and a treat to see some beautiful work.

Pat Wallace's Falklands quilt

Pat Wallace’s Falklands quilt

Jeannie Duncan Farr's quilt

Jeannie Duncan Farr’s quilt

Monica Dennis' White Rabbit art quilt

Monica Dennis’ White Rabbit art quilt

Detail from Pat Hixon's Compass quilt

Detail from Pat Hixon’s Compass quilt

Detail fro Pat Hixon's quilt

Detail fro Pat Hixon’s quilt

Monica Dennis' Kiwi quilt

Monica Dennis’ Kiwi quilt

And the GQ Signature Quilt……

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A very productive and enjoyable day!!!

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A Visit from BatiksnBeads

10 Apr
Batik and Beads

Batik and Beads

This month at Glamorgan Quilters we were pleased to welcome Maryke Phillips from BatiksnBeads. And, as well as bringing a colourful display of batik fabrics and beads she entertained us with a lively talk about her quilting life. This included showing some of her work, which was stunning

Two of a series of 6 panels

Two of a series of 6 panels

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Maryke also enjoys making fabric books

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And bags, which she sells as kits

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As well as enjoying Maryke’s company members also had the opportunity to learn how to make pleated squares. Many thanks to GQ Wendy Floyd for sharing her knowledge and skills.

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Betty Nicholls manned the activity stall to help make cupcake pin cushions

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And, amidst all the activity there was still plenty of time for members to catch up for a chat

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Email from BatiksnBeads
We had a lovely day with you all and we thank you for your support.
I hope I left you inspired to stitch!
We had a good journey home with sunshine all the way
Look forward to seeing you at Malvern
Thank you again
Maryke and Geoff

A Busy Day at GQ HQ!

12 Mar

There was no shortage of energy at Glamorgan Quilters today.

There was much to do on the activites table with a number of Japanese folded patchwork squares needing to be completed ready for the sewing up day on Tuesday. Many thanks to those who put their own sewing aside to help with the task. Your support was very much appreciated.

Caroline sewing up a signature quilt square

Caroline sewing up a signature quilt square

Also, a big thank you to Wendy Floyd who demonstrated how to make a pleated square. Sadly, we didn’t manage to capture the moment with photos but hopefully there will be an opportunity next month.

We were thrilled at the response to our call for craft items. At today’s meeting we received a wonderful array of items for which we are eternally grateful ….and look forward to receiving more in the coming months.

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Hilary Carney is coordinating the craft stall and is looking for volunteers to make crafts and help sell them so if you are able to help in any way please see her at meetings. Or, you can email her hilarymcarney@googlemail.com

Following notices members were shown a number of quilts that have been made to raffle to raise funds for the RNLI. There will be raffle tickets available at the April meeting.

rnli quilt collage

After lunch we welcomed Kathy Williams, Chair of the Glamorgan Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers who gave a talk about her work. But, before starting her talk she set members up with a short exercise on how to make a braid – which engaged them for the whole hour of her talk!

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group braiding collage

Kathy showed some wonderful examples of her work….

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Kathy williams rug collage

… including pieces from a collaborative exhibition with Judi Mendelssohn

Trouser project collage

As always,an interesting and varied day and already looking forward to more in the future.

A Thought Provoking Start to the New Year

9 Jan

It was lovely to see so many members eager to get sewing again after the Christmas celebrations.

And, our first meeting was made all the more memorable with an extermely interesting and thought provoking talk from Maggie Cullinane from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Her talk was about the Mothers of Africa charity and the work that Maggie and others had been involved in in Zambia.

Maggie talking

Maggie also showed quilts that had been made to support the charity

Made by students and panels included from GQ members Monica Dennis and Hilary Carney

Made by students and panels included from GQ members Monica Dennis and Hilary Carney

Panels made by members of the Cardiff Met University Art school

Panels made by members of the Cardiff Met University Art school

Digitally embroiderd photographs from Zambia visit

Digitally embroiderd photographs from Zambia visit

A huge vote of thanks to Maggie for sharing her experiences and for making us so much more aware of such a worthwhile charity