Tag Archives: Laura Ashley

Bristol Thinking Futures Day

22 Nov

This was an interesting day organised by Ann Rippin, as part of Bristol Universities Social Sciences open week entitled: Patchwork, Quilting and Keeping it all Together, organised and presented as an academic study.

Julia workshop

Ann welcomed everyone and gave an introductory talk, saying that quilters were not a likely study group, as we were not an oppressed minority, but more likely white, middle aged and affluent. However she felt quilters were a kind of social glue and certainly an important part of the economy. Quoting figures, sadly only from the USA, where the Lehman Group produce a survey every 5 years, Quilters contribute$ 3.6 billion to the US economy, with each “dedicated quilter owning $8542 in books and supplies and $3677 in fabric, also 2.7 sewing machines. There were some nervous giggles of recognition at this point!

There were two presentations, the first by Dr Harriet Shortt, who made a quilt using her Phd. Research materials between handing in her thesis and her Viva, and did actually produce it during her viva saying the pieces of fabric, buttons, photo negatives and notes she had incorporated helped her remember the points she wanted to make while being examined.

The second speaker was Jenny Hall a Senior Midwifery Lecturer, who had made a quilt as her Phd submission using her research findings from interviewing midwives.

We then had a delicious lunch, provided by Kate’s Kitchen, time to get to know some of the other ladies – yes all ladies, and mostly Bristol Quilters attending.

In the afternoon we all got busy stitching squares together to make small quilts for the premature babies at Southmead hospital, while Ann regaled us with some of her Laura Ashley stories.

Would I really like a tablecloth and 12 napkins made for every family occasion!! and Ann really doesn’t like Bernard Ashley.

This was a fun free day with even a few freebies included, a good chance to meet some other quilters and sit and chat, sew and eat.

I would attend another day if one was held in the future, one drawback with the hall used it was in Redlands, and there was residents only parking all around, I had planned to park outside our sons house in Easton and take the train to Clifton, I also used the day to deliver a cot for our new grandchild who will be born at Southmead hospital just before Christmas, we hope.

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Hexagon’s Are In!

6 Nov

This month’s meeting seems to suggest that hexagon’s are back in fashion as a number of members were busy creating with them.

there were pink ones….

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…..green ones

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multicoloured ones

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plus a ring of them!

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And, whilst some were busy on these others were getting ready for Christmas!

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After a busy morning sewing members sat back and enjoyed a colourful talk from Ann Rippin.

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She gave a very interesting talk on Laura Ashley fabrics but she used her interviews with other people and their memories connected with them as her theme. She had examples of early quilts and articles in Laura Ashley patchwork pieces and dresses which were largely hers. She had been given many pieces of Laura Ashely fabric and items which she used to create modern pieces often on the theme of people’s memories. She was very knowlegeable, lively and interesting.

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Another wonderful day in the world of Glamorgan Quilters!

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!

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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.

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Jeannie is blending greens splendidly!

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And there is a lovely pastel quilt in the making.

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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.

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And, there was even Japanese folded patchwork to admire.

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

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