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Getting in the Mood!

3 Dec

Our trip to Midsummer Quilting was a delight. A lovely place to visit in a rural setting the shop is out in the country in old farm buildings in Chilcompton 10 miles from Bath and 16 from Bristol.  Before, during or after your shopping you are invited to relax in easy chairs, and enjoy a cup of  tea, coffee and a biscuit. They have over 3000 fabrics to chose from with a large haberdashery and a book section. It’s well worth a visit.

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Long Arm Quilting Service

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American Museum Bath

Our next port of call was to the American Museum. We went on a journey through the history of America from early settlers to the twentieth century. The quilt display is amazing.

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Redwork Quilt

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This quilt is made from silk cigar ribbons.

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This stunning dazzling Christmas tree is seen from above in the Central Hall with decorations inspired by the Jazz Age.

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In the Folk Art room we were all inspired by this different Christmas tree, with all of it’s decorations hand made by the volunteers who help in the museum. From knitted chains and strings of pom poms to tapestry and patchwork, it shows that you don’t have to buy decorations. It was lovely!

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A lovely trip to put us in the mood for christmas!

Thank you Salinder for your great organisation as usual.

 

 

 

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Surprise 80th Birthday Celebrations!

28 Nov

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Marj is celebrating her 80th birthday with cake and a wonderful seaside quilt containing blocks made by many of our members. More evidence of your talents, it looked stunning! Well done all and Happy 80th Birthday Marj! The star over her head says it all!

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“Show and Tell” and more.

23 Nov

It was another busy meeting when we shared our favourite things in a Show and Tell session spanning a spread of era’s, styles and tastes. We went from late 1800’s/early 1900’s  to present day with a wonderful array of different fabrics and items large and small, that shows the diversity of our skills. Well done everyone! It just shows how talented you all are.

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Gill Stanbridge from “Happidashery” brought the Pop up Shop with a great choice of fabrics and haberdashery to choose from. We had a table selling RNLI fundraisers and we also continued to make Christmas decorations for the Holy Cross Christmas Tree Festival. Many thanks to all who gave their time to make a decoration, especially Pat Wallace who coordinated this years plan. The tree looks amazing! Go and have a peek when you’re in Cowbridge. It’s well worth a visit.

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Last but not least Madaline Lock and Jill Pattinson have been busy making 8 each of the Telemetry Holders for use in Pardon Ward, Glangweli General Hospital, Carmarthen. Well done for rising to the challenge ladies.

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Oh Joy!

19 Oct

Our speaker this month was Joy Salvage. It was indeed “Oh Joy!” Her work is outstanding. Such tiny log cabins and exquisite pineapples, with designs to die for. What an inspiring hour and a delight to listen to someone young and so enthusiastic about traditional patchwork. She is a very clever lady!

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Joy took up quilting after graduating from Bath Spa University where she studied Creative Arts: art & textiles. She says that since then her life has changed and she is a ‘quilter’ through and through.

Have a look at Joy’s website to see her beautiful work and the Quilters’ Guild website for more and to book her to speak, or do a workshop!

This month we started making the decorations for the Christmas tree to go into Holy Cross Church Christmas Tree Festival and as usual, members got to work with enthusiasm. A lovely display to look forward to.

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See you in November!

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!

 

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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