Tag Archives: Cowbridge

Showcasing Work at Cowbridge Library

4 Jul

Ahead of the GQ quilt exhibition and in an effort to help promote it we have put a display up in the foyer of Cowbridge Library.

library showcase collageweb

It consists of some members work and examples of items that will be for sale on the GQ craft stall at the exhibition. There have been many stunning craft items donated to support our nominated charity Ty Hafan.

We will also be putting a display in the window of Ty Hafan Emporium in a couple of weeks time

We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition which is being held on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July in the United Free Church, Cowbridge CF71 7AQ between 11am and 4pm

Malvern Trip

19 Feb

A coach has been booked to go to the Quilt Show at Malvern on Saturday 16 May.
The bus will leave Cowbridge at 8.30a.m. and return from Malvern at 4p.m.
The cost is £19 (to include coach and ticket) or £18 for seniors.

If you would like to book a place email helenhughes484@gmail.com

GQ Christmas Tree Sparkles in Holy Cross Church

24 Nov

The Glamorgan Quilters festive Christmas tree is now up with many others in the Holy Cross Church, Cowbridge.

2014 Christmas tree

The tree this year has new lights giving it that extra sparkle. It is also trimmed with ribbon measuring tape and a flurry of hand made decorations reflecting the quilters touch!

Many thanks to those who made decorations which look delightful – and thanks to Jeannie Duncan Farr who has made a tree skirt which adds that finishing touch!

Don’t forget to go and take a peek when you are passing by the church.

A Busy Autumn Day

6 Oct

Last Saturday was a busy day for Glamorgan Quilters. As well an eagerness to get on with all things quilting members were asked to make a decoration for the Christmas tree that will be on display in the Holy Cross Church in Cowbridge.

Monica and Isobelle were busy completing decorations made from cotton bobbins.

MD xams decs

Around 26 of the little men have now been completed.

Cotton bobbin Christmas

Enid was busy trying to work out how to make a Christmas star from the pack she had been given – though she looks a little bewildered!


There was a lot of work in progress, and hexagons seem to be the flavour of the month.

Dilys is working on a sunny hexagon design.


Jeannie is blending greens splendidly!


And there is a lovely pastel quilt in the making.


A number of new members were welcomed to the group and Catherine brought along a very pretty sunny flower that she has been working on.


And, there was even Japanese folded patchwork to admire.


Jeannie, who is prolific at making quilts, showed the group two that she has recently completed.



Next month the group wil be able to sit back and enjoy a talk on Laura Ashley by Ann Rippon.

Selling Stash and Sewing – Bliss!

1 Feb

During the last month some of the GQ members have been busy having a fabric clear out and for those who hadn’t been so industrious they were in the fortunate position that they could buy even more fabric to add to the existing mountains that they have at home!

Once the sales had been exhausted everyone settled down to work – or to chat – as the case maybe.


There are some wonderful projects in progress. The original plan for this piece of work was that it would be a rug – but realising that it was far too good to be tramped on it will now hang on the wall when it is finished.

wall hanging rug

Fran is continuing to make her book – and as ever it is beautiful.

Frans book

And, what a jolly children’s quilt!

children's quilt

Helen, who was standing in for the Lynne, who is abroad on holiday, kept everyone up to date with the latest news, which can be found in the February newsletter

In addition there is news that workshops will be taking place at Peterston Super Ely Village Hall on 25 January and every third Saturday throughout the year (10.00am -12 noon) Workshops are focused on how to make a sampler quilt. For more information email institches4@hotmail.com

And, Fran Barrett is planning a coach trip to the Malvern Quilt Festival on Friday 16 May. There will be two pick up points – Porthcawl and Cowbridge. The bus will leave Porthcawl at 8.30am and Cowbridge around 8.50-9.00. Cost is Seniors £16.00; Non seniors £17.00. These prices are provided the bus can be filled. For more information or to book a place email barrettfran@yahoo.co.uk

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!

xmas tree

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.

Liz France

Jackie Pugh at workshop

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

Gayney at workshop

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

hand applique



hand quilting


a quilt for Project Linus

Project Linus quilt

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

Jeannie and Jane

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.

What Is It You Do In The Shed?

16 Sep

At our first meeting of the new year we had the great pleasure of hearing Pat Johnson speakr. Pat talked about her passion for felting and while this seemed a slight diversion from patchwork and quilting, it clearly comes under the remit of textiles. Pat’s entertaining talk more than engaged the audience, such that they were clamouring for a workshop with her!

Pat started her talk by answering the question of one of her neighbours in Colwinston “What is it you do in the shed?” The answer, Pat says, is that she cossets and tickles beautiful fibres of silk and merino wool in warm soapy water until they happily link up with each other to form the basis for her beautiful felted work.

Pat described the process to us and it scotched the experience of some in the group who had tried felt making before and found it extremely hard on the arms. She always works gently with the fibres to fuse them and made the point that she would happily link arms with her neighbour if she was lying down nice and warm and relaxed, rather than being beaten or pounded into submission! You do see her point!

It was certainly a treat to see the great variety of items Pat makes with her felt in a wonderful mix of vibrant colours. Gorgeous waistcoats and jackets, bags, cushions, scarves, wraps – pretty much anything you can make in fabric. There was even a wall hanging that mimicked a quilt design. And her items can be washed. The highlight was her collection of hats. Pat had brought her earliest prototypes and called them “hats to frighten the neighbours in” and she modelled them to the great amusement of us all. She has certainly improved since those first examples.

Sadly, I do not have any photos to show you, but keep an eye out for Pat’s exhibitions which will be held in the Old Hall and St. Donat’s in the near future.

We send our grateful thanks to Pat for a hugely entertaining and informative talk, delivered in a wonderful warm and humorous way.

Author: Pam Stead