September Meeting report

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.


July meeting report

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.

May meeting report

Nicky Parmenter was our speaker at the SPQ meeting for May.  Nicky has a background in Fine Art Painting and until recently was a teacher.  She is now retired and able to spend more time doing what she loves – creating stunning pieces of fabric art.  She has an exhibition of her work at the Silk Museum in Macclesfield from the 17th June to the 7th September.

We thought we would show you some photos of a few of the pieces she brought to show us –

May a

May g

May h

May j

May n

May p

And some Show and Tell quilts: first two are from Nicky

Nicky 1

Nicky 2

Then a lovely applique from Leslie


and finally a pieced medallion quilt from Ann


Our next meeting is back at Walton Community Centre on June 1st when our speaker will be Leslie Clements on the subject of Doll Making.




Don’t forget that the May meeting will be held at the Christchurch Centre (near Morrisons) not at Walton because of the local elections.

Our speaker for May is Nikki Parmenter talking about Experimental Textiles.

We have a Sunday Workshop on May 7th with Judith Dursley at Walton.

Quilts UK! is from May 18th – 21st at the Three Counties Showground near Malvern.


Just a quick reminder that the British Quilt and Stitch Village will be at Uttoxeter Racecourse from Friday April 7th – Sunday April 9th. We will have our usual display and hope to meet some of you there. The Show opens at 10am each day and if you pick up a flyer from your local quilt shop it has a £1 voucher off the entry price.

Our next meeting is Thursday April 6th when our speaker will be Liz Brooke-Ward with a talk entitled ‘Whatever Floats your Boat’.

March AGM report

This year’s  AGM was well-attended and the Members’ Market proved a great hit with many taking the opportunity for a clear-out and others finding that elusive fabric they’d been needing for months.

Jenny Latham was unanimously voted in as Treasurer and Irene McGranachan unanimously as Secretary. We will be needing a new Chairman next year when Maggie Palmer comes to the end of her tenure.

Many of you attend meetings but we find (in common with so many groups and societies) that very few are willing to volunteer to help with running the group, or even the meetings. We desperately need you to volunteer to help make the tea and coffee each month. If everyone who attended the AGM volunteered to make tea you would only need to do it once every three years! Both Irene and Jenny have served on the Committee before but neither wanted to see the group fold, which it will without its Committee; they were voted in unanimously because no one else was prepared to put their name forward.

The quilts below are from Show and Tell (no further information came with them I’m afraid – ed.).







Our next meeting is on April 6th and is a talk by Liz Brooke-Ward entitled ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat’ and our Trader for the month will be Quilters Trading Post from Buerton.

Don’t forget the British Quilt and Stitch Village at Uttoxeter is April 7th – 9th.