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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.┬áDian 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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Virginia Hole Workshop

15 Feb

The Virginia Hole workshop held this weekend was a very colourful affair and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves!

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And, for the future Virginia has a two day workshop that looks very interesting…..

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Judy Mendlessohn Kimono Workshop

5 May

On Saturday 4 May some members of Glamorgan Quilters attended a kimono workshop that was facilitated by Judy Mendlessohn.

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A Great Day Felting

5 Jan

On 5 January Glamorgan Quilters organised a felting workshop for members which was a really productive and enjoyable day facilitated by Pat Johnson from Colwinston, Vale of Glamorgan.

Pat gave personal guidance from start to finish so that everyone went home feeling satisfied with their efforts and enthusiastic for more.

Below are some pieces of work that were developed.

Fran created a beautiful landscape

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Glynis, as ever, managed to incorporate her beloved sea horses, which looked exquisite!

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Amy was also focused on creating a lovely landscape

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Monica went abstract

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And Lynne demonstrated that you need to use a bit of welly to get the desired effects.

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There was no doubt about it – everyone was focused on how they might get as good as Pat – as if! This is Pat’s piece entitled Riot in Red

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followed by a geatt little grey number, beautiful use of lace and some nuno felting

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and an abstact in autumnal colours

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Many thanks to Pat for her time, patience, committment and enthusiasm – we look forward to more in the future!

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.

Glamorgan Quilters in Action

6 Oct

Glamorgan Quilters was a hive of activity yesterday with plans for the Christmas tree in the Holy Cross Church, collecting money for the Christmas lunch alongside what looked like a very interesting and productive workshop!

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This year the Glamorgan Quilters Christmas tree, which will be on display with many others, will be adorned with little fabric trees made from Suffolk Puffs.

A small group were busy cutting out the fabrics needed which were then distributed to members for completion. If anyone would like to make a tree they are most welcome. If you need instructions about how to make them please email Lynne Wheeler at Catsfouryou@yahoo.co.uk

In another room Deborah O’Hare was instructing members on how to make landscapes from scraps of fabric.

Liz and Enid looked very happy with her work as did Jackie.

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And, whilst Gayney was busy concentrating we were busy admiring her necklace made from buttons.

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A short wander round those who weren’t involved in the workshop revealed some stunning pieces of work, including hand finished applique

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embroidery

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a quilt for Project Linus

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And, of course there is always time for a hard earned cuppa and a chat!

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Next month (2 November) Janice Gunner will be entertaining members (non members also welcome) with a talk entitled Pastime to Profession. Plus, on the Sunday (3 November) she will be running a workshop in Ystradowen Village hall. The workshop ‘Triange Trickery & Secret Squares’ will show how to make little triangles and square patches which will add an extra dimension to your work. There are a couple of places available so if you would like to attend email montanajeannie@hotmail.com to book a place.

Katharine Guerrier Workshop

2 Jun

At the recent Katharine Guerrier workshop hosted by Glamorgan Quilters participants were busy learning how to make houses from their scraps of fabric. As ever, Jeannie Duncan Farr, who seems to work at the speed of light, has finished a scrap house quilt and it looks amazing!

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Well done Jeannie!