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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

British – Finnish Stash Quilts Challenge

11 Jun

Calling all Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles (QGBI) members
Why not have a go? You need to:
Select between 4 and 6 pieces of fabric from your stash (e.g. 4 fat quarters), corresponding to approximately 1 metre (40 inches) of fabric

Put the fabric in a large envelope, along with a card bearing the name and address of the sender
Post it to Millie Thomas – email thomas@hillcott.demon.co.uk for the address

In Finland, envelopes will be collected in the same way. The envelopes will then be exchanged between Britain and Finland.

Every participant will then receive an envelope of fabrics from the other country. With these, along with other fabrics from your own stash, you should make a quilt 32 inches long and 16 inches wide

In both Britain and Finland a jury will select 30 quilts from their country. The 60 stash quilts will be exhibited at the festival of Quilts 2014

Rules of entry for QGBI members
All envelopes of fabric must reach Millie Thomas by 9 September 2013
Participants will receive an exchange envelope by 28 September
A high quality image of the completed 32 inch long by 16 inch wide quilt must reach Millie Thomas by 1 April 2014 – either a digital image or printed photograph by post
Successful applicants will be notified by 1 May 2014
Selected quilts must reach St Anthony’s by 1 June 2014: all 30 quilts will be sent to Finland together Any further instructions will be issued with notification of acceptance of your quilt

Fundraising Event a Great Success

9 Jun

on 6 June, Glamorgan Quilters member Julia Fulford, organised a day sewing at Ystradowen Village Hall to raise money for The Quilters Guild of The Bristish Isles museum.

Lunch was provided with plenty of tea/coffee and home made cakes. The choice was incredible and all freshly prepared by a small band of willing helpers.

Many, many thanks to Julia. She must have worked so hard to make the day the success it was. The food was delicious – have you ever been faced with a choice of lasagnes – beef, vegetarian, gluten free and then an onion free beef lasagne, as well as poached salmon, a chicken and bean casserole and a wide selection of salads. Not forgetting the desserts, cheese, wine and punch!

Wendy Robbins from Swansea Quilters managed a sales table with items donated by members, and Jackie Pugh was in charge of manning the Project Linus Quilts.

The day was well supported with Quilters from the area and it was a delight to spend time with like minded people and to support a worthy cause. I hope that Julia achieved her target of £500, and possibly more.

Pat Hixon

Julia has since reported that she has raised a staggering £905.00!

Report from the Quilters Guild AGM

30 May

Helen Morgan attended the AGM this year. Below she gives her view of the event.

During the first weekend of April, the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles AGM took place in Nottingham. This was the first time I had ever been to this event, but having heard such wonderful reports of previous meetings I decided to check it out for myself.

Four members from Glamorgan Quilters travelled up with ladies from Swansea Quilters who had hired a minibus for the journey. Two other members, Sonia and Jackie, made the journey independently. It was to be a significant event for Jackie as she was completing her term as Co-ordinator for Region 12, after serving a period of four years in office. Jackie has been a wonderful Co-ordinator and will no doubt be sadly missed.

The event took place on the very modern Jubilee campus of Nottingham University, with everyone being allocated student ensuite bedrooms. “What luxury” I heard many people say, or “wasn’t like this in my day”. Meals were provided cafeteria style in the Atrium with moderate reviews at best, particularly by those who had opted for the evening meal – they were very underwhelmed. Our adventurous group chose to sample the delights of Nottingham city centre which seemed to be a good choice.

Proceedings started on the Friday with numerous workshops on offer. In fact, there were many to choose from throughout the weekend. These had to be booked in advance and for those like me, who weren’t well organised, or couldn’t make up their minds with so many to choose from, the alternative was to sit and listen to some excellent speakers also included in the programme. On the Friday evening, an almost packed lecture theatre was treated to a very entertaining talk by Anja Townrow who produced more quilts than I know I would ever produce even in two lifetimes!

On the Saturday morning the AGM was held. The most significant matter arising was the funding, or lack of it, for the Guilds Museum in York. The forthcoming year will see a shortfall in excess of £30,000 to keep the Museum open. The Committee and Trustees of the Guild had come up with a proposal which requested donations of either £500 or £1,000 to be made to the Guild in order to guarantee the running of the Museum for another year. As you can imagine, lengthy discussions followed with numerous points of view being put forward. The matter was left unresolved at that stage, but will obviously be reviewed regularly as donations, or indeed, lack of donations become evident.

One of the main highlights of the weekend was the Gala Dinner on the Saturday night. In excess of 300 members were transported (by double decker buses which took me back to my school days) to the East Midlands Conference Centre. Following our meal, we were entertained by Laura Wasilowski and Frieda Anderson who together form the Chicago School of Fusing. I think it might be more appropriate to call them the ‘cabaret’ as they were far more amusing than many a comedian I have seen and kept the whole room entertained in equal measure. I was not alone is wishing they could have carried on for much longer.

Sunday dawned bright and sunny with yet more workshops and talks to educate and entertain. I felt the venue for the event was perfect in so much as everything was no more than a 200 metre walk in any direction, and the rooms were suitable in so much as almost everyone required a single room. However, all too soon our weekend was over and our minibus arrived to transport us home.

Was I impressed with my first experience of the Quilters’ Guild AGM? – yes I was. The organisation was excellent and of course, I am convinced there is no friendlier species of people than quilters. Would I go again? Yes, I would, and I am eagerly awaiting the booking forms to arrive for Portsmouth in 2014.

Helen Morgan