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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!

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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.

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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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Kathy showed some wonderful examples of her work….

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… including pieces from a collaborative exhibition with Judi Mendelssohn

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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.

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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

A Lively Start to the New Quilting Year

14 Sep

On Saturday 12 September Glamorgan Quilters returned front their summer break full of enthusiasm and eager to get on with various projects.

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An early start was made on the Christmas decorations for the GQ tree which will be displayed at the Holy Cross Church Christmas Tree Festival in November.

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Some beautiful decorations were created and we look forward to more in the coming weeks.

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Jackie showed the group a quilt that she had made to mark Sonia’s special birthday. Sonia’s friends were asked to make a blue and white square which Jackie them turned into this fabulous quilt.

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And after lunch GQ member Caroline Leonard entertained everyone with an interesting talk about Victorian clothes and haberdashery that she has acquired over the years from friends and family.

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A great start to the new year with much more to look forward to in the coming months.

A Sunny Day Sewing

1 Mar

The sun was out, the daffodils in bloom and it was St David’s Day – what more could you want? …. a day of sewing of course!

GQ members met on 1 March with the same enthusiasm as always for a bit of sewing and a good gossip! Plus, once more they had the opportunity to purchase some much needed fabrics from Sue Bowers, the owner of Patchwork House in Llantrisant. And, what a wonderful choice there was too – Llantrisant mus be the place to visit for fab fabrics!

As ever, members were busy on a variety of projects. Celina showed off a quilt that she has just made from a Moda scrap bag – under the instruction of Jeannie Hainsworth Lamb!

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And this is one of Jeannie’s in progress

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Rhona was decorating coat hangers with hearts – her contribution to the Quilter’s Guild Tombola for the Festival of Quilts in August.

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She did mention she hated hearts!

Fran is still working on her book – with is amazing.

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And, for some reason, though it was only March, Christmas was on the agenda. Helen was asking people to collect cotton bobbins to make decorations the tree festival in Holy Cross in December.

Sonia showed a Christmas table runner quilt and mentioned that she is planning to run a workshop in October.

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And Kate was quietly completing a Christmas quilt

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The day was rounded off with an interesting talk from Pat Nicholls who has been patchwork and quilting for over 25 years. As well as lecturing in Britain she has been the guest speaker at several events in the United States, and taught workshops in France and Spain. She was one of the Founder members of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, finishing her ten year’s service on the Executive Council as President.

Below are some examples of Pat’s quilts.

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Janice Gunner Visits Glamorgan Quilters

3 Nov

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This month Janice Gunner visited Glamorgan Quilters giving a talk on the Saturday and running a workshop on the Sunday.

The workshop was focused around patchwork origami with triangle and square patterns devised by Janice. These are ones that she made earlier

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And these are ones made on the day. Love the fussy cut of the robin!

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All hand sewn with lots of concentration from those involved

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and a bit of collaboration between friends

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All in all, a great relaxed day – thanks Janice.