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.



Travelling Trunks

5 Dec

At the November meeting we were able to take a look at one of the Travelling Trunks that are available to hire from the Quilters Guild. Members enjoyed going back in time to the 1950’s, 1920’s and even back as far as the 1800’s to compare some exquisite work with the work that we do today!


Whole cloth Quilts.



Unfinished Paper Pieced Hexagons.

Christmas Decorations.

Everyone worked hard during the meeting to finish the decorations for the Christmas Tree Festival at Holy Cross Church, Cowbridge. Many members had worked at home, too so we had a gorgeous selection ready to go on the tree. Watch this space to see your tree on display!


Even though Helen Morgan was unable to come to this meeting, she sent along a lovely example of Noel Bunting she had made from a Lynne Edwards pattern for members to see. Decorate your home this Christmas or give it away as a gift? I’d be delighted to find it in my stocking!



Presentation time!

20 Oct

At our meeting on Saturday 8th October we had a visit from representatives of Ty Hafan, Julie Williams and Emma Sankey. Sully the Bear came too, he likes to get into all the photos! GQ Chair Caroline Leonard, presented a check to Ty Hafan for £3000, monies raised at the 35th Anniversary Exhibition in July.


Julie also brought a beautiful quilt with her to show members that had been made by Mary Edwards, her Nan’s Grandmother, who was a professional quilt maker over a hundred years ago.


Christmas Show and Tell.

Members were invited to bring in their favourite homemade Christmas decorations,  old or new, for a Show and Tell session. There were some beautiful examples with such a variety of different things from tree skirts and baubles, to wall hangings and table runners. Lots of ideas to take away and get started on!







Then to continue the Christmas theme, work started on making decorations for the Christmas Tree Festival in Holy Cross Church, Cowbridge. More to come on this next month!

To round off a very busy day Heulwen showed a gorgeous Lynne Edwards quilt as you go sampler she has worked hard to complete. Started in September 2015 and completed September 2016. Truly amazing!


A Great Start to the New Year

6 Oct

Hello all,

I am Corinne Roberts and I will continue to update the Blog going forward. A huge thank you to Monica Dennis for setting up this blog and making it so successful. Please keep your comments coming, I will be interested to know what you think.

Everyone came back refreshed and ready to start on a variety of projects after the summer break, from cushions and hexagons to working on a Welsh tea towel. We’re looking forward to the Show and Tell sessions!


Wendy Floyd demonstrated the last block in a series of nine folded squares to her enthusistic group. Thank you Wendy for your patient instruction, for writing them out and including the paper patterns! We are hoping to see lots of finished cushions in the not too distant future.


It was a busy meeting with members rejoining, filling in the usual forms, paying subscriptions and keeping the committe on their toes.  The programme for the coming year is a full one with some interesting workshops, speakers and events ahead. “Strippy Briads” with Judi Mendelssohn, a “Quilt Suitcase”, what could they be? Mmmmm!

An interesting year ahead and I for one can’t wait! See you all at the next meeting.