Karen Parry is coming on Thursday June 7th to talk about John James needles – “the best sewing needles for embroidery, needlework, quilting and hand-sewing projects”.
Catherine Brierley will be our speaker on Thursday May 3rd, Talking about Colour. Catherine’s background is in Art and Design and she taught Art at Secondary School level for many years. Her main interest is colour.
Our next meeting is Thursday April 5th when Ruth Singer will give a talk entitled Criminal Quilts.
“This ongoing series of work was originally initiated following a commission for Shire Hall Gallery (now closed) in late 2012, inspired by photographs of women criminals with their hands on their chests. The first series of six miniature quilts has been purchased by the Shire Hall Gallery and is now displayed outside the 18th century court room. I have continued to make new pieces in this series since 2013 including Criminal Quilts: Hanging (made 2015) which won the Fine Art Quilt Masters competition at the Festival of Quilts 2016, and a number of small and large pieces which were shown in my solo exhibition Narrative Threads.“
Our AGM takes place on Thursday March 1st when our Chairman – Maggie Palmer stands down. So – we are looking for someone to volunteer (or be volunteered). It is not an a difficult job and if the thought of chairing the monthly meetings scares you rigid then there is no rule that says you cannot co-opt (volunteer, coerce . . . ) someone else to do this for you. If no one comes forward by the end of the meeting then Staffordshire Patchworkers and Quilters will have to be disbanded.
After the AGM (which will be very swift, Maggie promises) we have our Members’ Sales Tables. An opportunity to clear out the fabric or tools you bought and now can’t think why, or to have a cull of your bookshelves and make room for new books and magazines. It proved very popular last year, so whether you are collecting the money for charity or to buy yourself more ‘stuff’ book your sales table as soon as possible. If you have nothing to sell (or even if you do) – bring lots of money as there will be bargains aplenty.
We have no Trader at this meeting.
Our first meeting of the year is on Thursday February 1st when Jane Alcock of The Corner Patch will be giving a talk entitled ‘How it all Began’.
Jane is also our Trader of the Month.
Maggie Relph arrived to talk about her love of African fabrics to a packed audience at Walton Community Centre. She had brought with her a huge range of fabrics from many different areas and periods, talking through how the fabric and printing industry in Africa has grown and evolved and the influence of European and Indonesian printing and dyeing methods on the patterns and colours to be found in African fabrics over the years.
Next month’s meeting is on Thursday October 5th when Lizzie Wall be talking about Chickens and Other Layers.
The Sunday Sew Day on October 8th has had to be cancelled as too few people had booked to come.
Although the September meeting was well attended very few items came in for Show and Tell. Jane from The Corner Patch brought a quilt that the Friday Sewing Group had made as a raffle quilt (tickets available from the shop) while a new member (whose name I fear is illegible in my notes) brought along two ‘first quilts’ to show us.
Fiona Macauley Davies came and showed us the quilts she makes using the quilt-as-you-go method. Many different styles and colourways made for an interesting and colourful evening. The photos below show her audience examining the quilts after the talk.
We have no meeting in August – our next is on Thursday September 7th when Maggie Relph will be talking about ‘My Textile Journey’.
In the meantime don’t forget that August is the month for The Festival of Quilts at the NEC. There’s still time to buy a ticket.