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.





This is both sides of the same quilt!


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


Stunning miniatures and postcards.


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


Thank you Dian, some inspiring work!


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.





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!


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??


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



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.


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.


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!



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


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!



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!






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.



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.




A lovely weekend. Thank you Judi!

Salinder’s Saree Show

20 Jan

Salinder Gammage showed off her amazing Saree collection at the January meeting. She talked about the history, types of fabric used and the embellishments. She demonstrated draping, folding and tucking the 9 meter long piece of fabric over a petticoat and up over the left shoulder to drape down the back. img_5602-collage

Julia wore a Shalwar Kameez, purchased on her travels, which also originates in the Indian sub continent. The Shalwar (pantaloons) and Kameez (body shirt) combining to make the Shalwar Kameez.


Both Julia and Caroline wanted to try on more of these beautiful Sarees, some of which felt very heavy due to the stunning embellishments, but weren’t heavy to wear.



Caroline’s second choice with stunning embellishments


Isobelle chose this pretty turquoise Saree to model.


Karen wore this Shalwar Kameez.


In these wonderful black and orange stripes with gold swirls, Corinne wanted to go out for the evening!


Hilary bought a cotton Saree on a recent trip to India which was interesting to compare with the silk fabrics and usually worn to work in the fields.




It brought back memories of the dressing up box but in a much more glamorous way. We were all wishing we had an event to attend to show off these elegant Sarees.

Thank you Salinder!


Festive Fun

11 Dec

This year the Christmas meeting was held in Ystradowen hall with members bringing plates of delicious food to share. The committee got there early to decorate the hall and it looked very festive when members arrived. Salinder organised the raffle with beautifully wrapped prizes, thank you Salinder! After lunch we were entertained by “Hims and Arias” and had great fun joining in with the Christmas carols and songs!img_5459-collageimg_5465-collage Pat Wallace brought a quilt to show us that she won on our GQ trip to the West Country Quilt show. A £1.00 ticket on the Tombola  for the Alzheimer’s Society won her this stunning quilt with an Autumn theme. Lucky Pat!img_5455-collage

Merry Christmas everyone and here are a few wise words from a snowman!


Holy Cross Christmas Tree Festival

7 Dec

Catherine and Corinne went to Holy Cross Church, Cowbridge to put up the Christmas Tree in time for the Festival. Most of the trees will be there all through the Christmas period so if you are in Cowbridge go along and have a look. There are some gorgeous trees and ours looks pretty good too! Thank you to everyone who made one of the folded decorations.