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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.

Patchwork House

1 Oct

Susan Bowers is moving from her studio in the Model House to a shop at 56 High Street, Old Llantrisant, CF72 8BR.

The shop, called the Patchwork House will be opening on Tuesday 15 October

Sue will be stocking patchwork fabric and a whole range of patchwork and quilting supplies. She will also be running beginners classes and workshops.

The shop will be open Tuesdays – Saturdays 9.30am – 5.00pm.

The telephone number for the shop will be 01443 229015. Sue has started a Facebook page – The Patchwork House, so people can follow her on there as well.

Social Patches

30 Sep

Artes Mundi is coordinating a series of activities called Social Patches as part of Artes Mundi’s offsite projects.

The activities are focus around the Indian artist Sheela Gowda, who’s work incorporates textiles, quilts and appliqué.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October, 10am – 4pm, Unit 10, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff City Centre

Develop your sewing skills with professional textile artist Lisa Porch, as she demonstrates a range of textile techniques from appliqué, patchwork and stitched text. Help to add a patch to our developing outfit or begin to start your own project. Whether you’re a beginner, novice or professional, drop in and start to share your ideas and skills.

*Free workshop
Material provided. No booking required.

Wed 16 of October, 2 – 2.45pm, Unit 10, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff
Talk entitled Piecing the Past: The Wrexham Tailor’s Quilt

Discover the story of James Williams, a military tailor from Wrexham, who spent a decade meticulously piecing a patchwork quilt during his leisure hours. Join Elen Phillips, Curator of Costume & Textiles at St Fagans, National History Museum, to hear more about its fascinating history.
Spaces are limited, to book a place please email: melissa.hinkin@artesmundi.org or ring Artes Mundi on: 02920 2055 5300.

Monday 7 – Friday 18 October 10.00am – 4.00pm, Unit 10 Morgan Arcade, Cardiff City Centre

Draw inspiration from the patchwork quilts used in the artwork Down Under, and work closely with fashion designer Tara Tarapetian on your own fabric pieces. Down Under was originally constructed from bits and pieces of fabric collected by poor women in Gujarat, India. Looking closely at Gowda’s artwork we will start to collect fragments of fabric and textiles to develop your own designs. Bring in your own piece of fabric, or use our collection of donated textiles by local retailers.

Friday 25 October, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, National Museum Cardiff
Explore the relationship between art and fashion through paintings that influenced a century of style. Join Anne Pritchard, Curator of Historic Art, National Museum Cardiff, on a guided tour focusing on works by artists such as Rossetti, Renoir and Augustus John. Spaces are limited, to book a place please see National Museum Cardiff website – http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/whatson/

On Display: A selection of tradition Welsh quilts from The Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre, Lampeter, will be on display in Unit 10 from Monday 7th – Friday 18th October.

Artes Mundi will be running a series of free creative activities placed outside the gallery in Cardiff city centre until the end of the year, keep your eye on its website for up and coming events –

Karin Hellaby Shares her Passion for Patchwork and Quilting

2 Jun

Glamorgan Quilters welcomed Karin Hellaby to yesterday’s meeting.

Karin’s talk gave an insight into how her passion for patchwork and quilting began and how it has developed over the years to the point that she now has an international reputation. As well as teaching all over the world she is involved in the running of specialist holidays for those wishing extend their knowledge and skills.

Below is some of her work

Exploding pineapples
exploding pineapples

Jubilee celebration
union jack

Karin’s quilt shop is based in Suffolk. Check out Karin’s blog to get her view of her visit to Cowbridge.