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A Great Start to the New Year

6 Oct

Hello all,

I am Corinne Roberts and I will continue to update the Blog going forward. A huge thank you to Monica Dennis for setting up this blog and making it so successful. Please keep your comments coming, I will be interested to know what you think.

Everyone came back refreshed and ready to start on a variety of projects after the summer break, from cushions and hexagons to working on a Welsh tea towel. We’re looking forward to the Show and Tell sessions!


Wendy Floyd demonstrated the last block in a series of nine folded squares to her enthusistic group. Thank you Wendy for your patient instruction, for writing them out and including the paper patterns! We are hoping to see lots of finished cushions in the not too distant future.


It was a busy meeting with members rejoining, filling in the usual forms, paying subscriptions and keeping the committe on their toes.  The programme for the coming year is a full one with some interesting workshops, speakers and events ahead. “Strippy Briads” with Judi Mendelssohn, a “Quilt Suitcase”, what could they be? Mmmmm!

An interesting year ahead and I for one can’t wait! See you all at the next meeting.


GQ 2016 AGM

10 Jul

On 9 July GQ held its AGM which gave the opportunity to reflect on the past years activity which included the making of the signature quilt (which was on display), participating in an enjoyable workshop to learn the art of Japanese folded patchwork and hearing a number of interesting speakers which included the Mother of Africa charity work, Textile traders, Batik’nBeads and how to take good photos of your quilts, to name but a few.

members viewing the signature quilt

members viewing the signature quilt

AGM lunch1

AGM lunch

Business over and it was time to enjoy lunch, find out who had won the Wendy Surridge Challenge and hear our guest speaker Christine Porter.

Corinne Roberts was the lucky winner of the Wendy Surridge challenge with her lovely collage quilt

WS winnerweb

Hilary Carney took 2nd prize and there were joint 3rd prize winners Helen Hughes and Wendy Floyd.

The day was rounded off with a talk from Christine Porter….. and not only were members entertained with a lively and enjoyable account of her travels they were able to enjoy viewing a wide range of Christine’s beautiful work.

colage cp

CP collage

A full and enjoyable day and more to come in September!

Email from Christine Porter in response to our thank you note:

Thank you for inviting me to speak at your meeting on Saturday. Your hospitality was amazing! I have been trailing around the UK for years, talking to and teaching groups, and I can honestly say, I have never sat down to such a delicious spread as you provided. The welcome I received was very warm and friendly and I was so well looked after. It was a great pleasure meeting your members. Happy Quilting in the future”.
Best wishes

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

Quilt Happy

14 May

Today was another busy day at GQ HQ with members busy on projects and learning new skills. GQ member Wendy Floyd continued demonstrating how to make pleated squares. It surely can’t be long before we see a cushion or a quilt as a result?

pleated squareweb

Wendy with group

Wendy with group

group pleated squares web

As ever there was lots of work in progress. Jayne brought in one of 4 panels of painted witches that she is stitching.

Jayne Evans witchesweb

Margaret was busy working on her hexagon quilt

Margaret Harrisweb

And Rhona had finished making a beautiful box

Rhoda Boudier box web

The group also welcomed Nick Thornton from the Vale Photography Society who gave a very interesting talk and practical demonstration on how to take a good photo of your quilt.

It was great to see members getting involved and a treat to see some beautiful work.

Pat Wallace's Falklands quilt

Pat Wallace’s Falklands quilt

Jeannie Duncan Farr's quilt

Jeannie Duncan Farr’s quilt

Monica Dennis' White Rabbit art quilt

Monica Dennis’ White Rabbit art quilt

Detail from Pat Hixon's Compass quilt

Detail from Pat Hixon’s Compass quilt

Detail fro Pat Hixon's quilt

Detail fro Pat Hixon’s quilt

Monica Dennis' Kiwi quilt

Monica Dennis’ Kiwi quilt

And the GQ Signature Quilt……

signature quiltweb

A very productive and enjoyable day!!!

thought members might enjoy this?

Married to a quilterweb

A Visit from BatiksnBeads

10 Apr
Batik and Beads

Batik and Beads

This month at Glamorgan Quilters we were pleased to welcome Maryke Phillips from BatiksnBeads. And, as well as bringing a colourful display of batik fabrics and beads she entertained us with a lively talk about her quilting life. This included showing some of her work, which was stunning

Two of a series of 6 panels

Two of a series of 6 panels

Maryke collage quilts web

Maryke also enjoys making fabric books

book collage web

And bags, which she sells as kits

Maryke bags web

As well as enjoying Maryke’s company members also had the opportunity to learn how to make pleated squares. Many thanks to GQ Wendy Floyd for sharing her knowledge and skills.

Wendy floyd web

Betty Nicholls manned the activity stall to help make cupcake pin cushions

activity stall web

And, amidst all the activity there was still plenty of time for members to catch up for a chat

JDF and Jacq web

Email from BatiksnBeads
We had a lovely day with you all and we thank you for your support.
I hope I left you inspired to stitch!
We had a good journey home with sunshine all the way
Look forward to seeing you at Malvern
Thank you again
Maryke and Geoff

A Feast for the Eyes!

1 Nov

The GQ meeting today was, as always busy, busy, busy!

Today was the day that we distributed the packs for making the Signature Quilt to mark 35 years of Glamorgan Quilters. And, we were thrilled at the enthusiasm to get involved. 50 packs were distributed and there will be more available at the Christmas meal and the January meeting. We plan to capture the current and past membership that has helped to make Glamorgan Quilters the thriving group that it is today.

We are most grateful to Ann Lewis who provided the templates and instructions for the construction of the squares. And, to Hilary Carney who helped ease the making with her design of templates for the text needed on the squares.

Hilary ans Marj

It was wonderful to see the group efforts to take the task in hand…. even if they did destroy the master template in the process!!! All in the name of good fun!

group square

As well as all this entertainment we had show and tell – a wonderful opportunity to admire some beautiful works of art and we were not disappointed, there was lots to see – from small quilts….

20Catherine's sewing quilt

Catherines quilts

Julias 1

pink quilt

stained glass window

….to large

Sainders quilt

Trudas quilt

Sandra showed a photo of a wonderful quilt that she had made – and which had a matching headboard!

Sandras bed cover

There were a number of gifts for grandchildren

childs quilt

Pam childs bag

pink quilt grandaughter

welsh quilts

Helens house quilt

New member Karen was like Mary Poppins bringing one after another out of her bag!

Karen collage

Glynis was like the Blue Peter presenters showing a lovely heart wreath that she had made earlier in the day!

Glynis hearts

Monica continued the theme of vintage showing pieces of work that had been made with recycled vintage table cloths and pillow cases

colage MD

And there was nostalgia, with members bringing along pieces of work that they had made long ago but still enjoyed.

star hanging

Xmas tree

Star attractions were this beautiful quilt that had been made to celebrate a friends special birthday

birthday quilt with story

And, this beautiful table runner won first prize at the Royal Welsh show!

tabel runner won welsh show

New member Pat showed her beautiful Christmas stocking bunting….

Pam stockings

And, to round things off Julia entertained members with a photo album she had from past workshops that she had run!

Julias photos

A huge thank you to everyone who took time to bring ome of their work along. We look forward to more in the future!

Festival of Quilts 2014

12 Aug

On Thursday 7 August, 11 of us set off in a mini bus for a three day trip to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. The bus dropped us off at the Holiday Inn to leave our bags and then took us off to the exhibition for the first of our visits. Over the next three days we shopped, listened to lectures, did workshops, saw some stunning quilts, laughed a lot, ate a lot (when our food eventually arrived – that’s another story!) and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Thanks must go to Helen Morgan for arranging everything.


The following quilt has an interesting history as it was pieced by Judy Mendelssohn, who is an honorary member of GQ. It was quilted by Bea Beale, who some members might also have known. When Bea sadly died, Sonia Fox took over the hand quilting. Intervening years have seen elderly parents to tend, sons leaving home, divorce, floods, bereavement and more. Through it all a star has been remembered – Bea Beale.’


Other members of GQ also had work exhibited at this year’s event.

Pam Stead and Jeannie Duncan Farr had their quilts accepted for the British Finnish Stash Challenge.

This is Pam’s

Pam quilt1

And this is Jeannie’s

Jeannies quilt

And, the school quilt that GQ members Hilary Carney, Monica Dennis, Isobelle Davies and Pam Stead were involved in making with Lakeside Primary School in Cardiff was also on show.

school quilt

The quilt celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary. It took a term to complete with children from all year groups being involved in the making. 90 reception class left their hand print and the other classes were responsible for creating a decade panel. They had a very enjoyable time painting, sewing, stamping and ironing to create the desired effect. It now enjoys pride of place in the school hall.

Penarth Quilt Exhibition

17 Jul

A number of Glamorgan Quilters supported the Penarth Quilters exhibition that took place today. There were some wonderful quilts on display – such talented people!

daisy quilt


And the Stitch ‘n Bitch group had produced a variety of lovely things.



This little doll was cute – she is carrying lots of fabric and her hat is decorated with a tape measure!



And cathedral windows has been used to give this beautiful christening gown a very unique finish.

christening gown

Well done Penarth Quilters!

Sew Crazy Saturday

3 May

Today, Glamorgan Quilters enjoyed another happy, relaxed and enjoyable day sewing. There was also plenty of chatter!

As ever there was a wide variety of quilts and crafts to show off.

Jeannie and Jane were beavering away in the corner. Jeannie was sewing tiny hexagons made from some delightful printed fabrics.

Jeanie AND jANE

Isobelle was using some fabric she recently painted to make a desert landscape.

Isobell's gilda barron

Hilary was busy making brooches with her daisy loom.

Daisy loom flower

And Monica was making Scottie dogs for Christmas! You can never start too soon with the festive activities apparently.

scottie dogs
Florence Rose Fabrics were also trading – there were some lovely Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler fabrics to buy!

Florence Rose Fabrics

And in the little room there was a small group being tutored by Sonia Fox, which looked fascinating, if not a little complicated to the uninitiated!

Sonia and Lynne

There’s never a dull moment at GQ!

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