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 –

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

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Then a lovely applique from Leslie

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and finally a pieced medallion quilt from Ann

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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.

 

 

May

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.

April

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.).

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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.

February Meeting

The February meeting was well-attended and many pieces of work,large and small, were brought in for Show and Tell.

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Our speaker for the evening was Suzette Smart with a talk entitled ‘Inspired to Stitch’. Her range of embroideries certainly inspired those who were listening and the opportunity to see the work in close-up detail was not to be missed.

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We are taking names for the first of our two soup and sew days on March 12th and also the list is out for the coach trip to Quilts UK! at Malvern. We have about 20 names already so are considering a larger coach for that one – sign up next month with your deposit if you want to go.  Maggie says – The thought of being in charge of 40 quilters going wild at Malvern is interesting!

We hope to see you next month when we hold our AGM and Members Market Place on March 3rd. More details soon.

Happy Christmas

The Committee would like to wish everyone who has attended meetings during the last year a very Happy Christmas and we send Best Wishes for the New Year.

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Our 2017 Programme is almost complete – you can find further details on the Programme page – and new information will be added as it becomes available. Don’t forget to keep checking the monthly blog posts for updates as well.

The AGM meeting promises something a little different in 2017 as well – further details nearer the time. But we will be looking for new Committee members. If you enjoy coming to the meetings and wish to keep the group going we need volunteers. Not just to be the ‘faces’ of the group on the (if you like) ‘official’ committee, but people willing to help behind the scenes – make tea and coffee at meetings, help on the door with ‘meet and greet’, help the secretary or the treasurer with some of their tasks, offer to be ‘front-of-house’ for a meeting perhaps (it doesn’t have to be the Chairman who does that). Without volunteers to help run the group it will close – this is your opportunity to put a little back.

If you have your 2017 diaries already you may also like to add the Fabric Sale Day and Quilt Show at Sandbach on Jan 22nd. Further details nearer the time.

December meeting

Following a poll of members about the December meetings it was found that the Christmas Party was not as popular as having a ‘normal’ meeting with a speaker.  Kate has arranged for Wendy Kendall to come to talk to us. Wendy is a designer and has designed for Dashwood Studio.

As a ‘nod towards Christmas’ Kate says there will be mince pies and shortbread in addition to our usual refreshments.

In the meantime – a big ‘Thank You’ from Kate to all those who helped the Bradley Quilts and More Show, either by lending their quilts for the exhibition or just coming and spending money over the weekend.

See you all on December 1st (it’s not that far away!) for a ‘normal’ meeting with added mince pies. Having looked at Wendy’s website, it should be a fascinating evening.