Tag Archives: Christmas quilt

Celebrating Christmas in Style

10 Dec

On Saturday 6 December GQ members enjoyed Christmas lunch at the Bear Hotel in Cowbridge along with a special raffle organised by Salinder. Congrtaulations to all the lucky winners and a big thank you to Salinder and Enid for organising the event.

Salinder

Jayne and Caroline

Caroline and Karen

Isobelle and Enid

group

Not sure whether Hilary won a prize but she did find a ‘slimming mirror’ which amused her!

Hilary and Caroline

For those of you who just can’t stop sewing – even at Christmas – here is a Christmas Quilt pattern that you might like to have a go at

And here is an amusing Christmas poem for quilters

The Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
The only one sleeping was a Quilter’s dear spouse.
The Log Cabin stockings were almost completed,
“Just a few stitches left,” our sweet quilter repeated.

“Then I can hang them and head off to
finish the pillows I’m making, fulfilling Mom’s wish
For something quilted to put on her couch”,
as she pricked her poor finger,our quilter said,”Ouch!”

When from out in the kitchen there arose such a crashing,
she sprang from her work, and she dropped all her sashing.
Away to the doorway she flew like a plane,
wondering just what was happening and who she would blame.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
but Old Mrs. Claus and her bag of quilt-gear…
With her elves bearing gifts, through the kitchen she came,
she directed and pointed and called them by name.

“Now Elna, now Pfaff, now Bernina and VIking,
the Hoffman and Mumm should be just to her liking.
To the sewing room – there, it’s just back of the hall, now dash
away, dash away, dash away all!”

“My Dear,” said The Claus (as she liked to be called),
“There really is no need to worry at all.
Your projects will all be completed this night,
I’m terribly sorry we gave you a fright.”

“Sit down. Have some tea. It’s relaxing, you’ll see.
My friends and I’ve come a long way to help Thee.”
She thought she was dreaming, our dear Quilter did,
In fact she quite feared that she near flipped her lid!

But the flash of the needles and twist of the thread soon gave her to know
she had nothing to dread.
They spoke no more words, but went straight to their sewing.
How the work went so quickly she had no way way of knowing.

The stitches, how fine! The corners, how straight!
This Claus-woman’s talent was awfully great.
They finished the pillows, then started to quilt.
Before they all knew it, the whole thing was built!
Now old Mrs. Claus, she knew quilters real well,
and she knew they’d need help on this night most of all
So she said to our quilter, “Just move over dear,
I’ve brought my own needle. We’ll get done, never fear.

I told dear old Santa about what quilters do.
How they plan all these projects but have other work too.
So he taught me his magic for doing things fast.
There, that pillows done. Now this is the last.

They tidied their thread snips, and picked up the scraps
and chased our dear quilter’s six cats from their laps.
As they scurried away with their thimbles still gleaming
dear Mrs. Claus paused, her cap ribbons streaming.

“Merry Christmas, my dear, now just have a ball!”

Author Unknown

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Celebrating A New Year

3 Jan

Today, Glamorgan Quilters gathered for the first meeting of 2015 and took the opportunity to show off some of their work at Show and Tell. The focus was on the first and worst quilt that people had made but there was a variety on show.

Dianne showed the first piece that she ever made which was a small Santa quilt made in log cabin.

Santa quilt Dianne Jollow

And, she showed the gtoup another Chrsitmas quilt that she had made.

Xmas quilt Dianne Jollow8

Sonia showed everyone a small quilt that she had for Christmas from Jackie.

Sonias quilt

And, Jackie showed two memory quilts that she had made using the clothes of a two year old child who had died from meningitis.

Jackies quiolt1

Jackies quilt

Gayney’s first quilt was a child’s quilt.

Gayney quilt

but she also showed some applique that her grandchildren had done.

Gayney work

Gayney2

There were numerous other wonderful quilts exhibited. This one took four years to make.

Christmas quilt1

Christas quilt

And this was stitched totally handstitched.

hand stitcched quilt

There are sone very takented people about!

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!

Celinas quilt

And this is one of Jeannie’s in progress

JHL quilt

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

Rhona's heart coathangers

She did mention she hated hearts!

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

Fran's book

Frans book 3

Fran's book 2

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.

Xmas table runners

And Kate was quietly completing a Christmas quilt

Kates quilt

Kate's quilt2

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.

pat nicholls quilts

Pat Nicholls 3

Pat nicholls6