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.

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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.

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.

November meeting

Unfortunately our scheduled speaker for November is unable to be with us. However, do not despair as our Secretary has found someone to step into the breach.

Crazy Mary from Tamworth is coming to talk about her work. She is a qualified teacher of textile arts and crafts who also makes items for commission and fun. You can find out more on her blog as well.

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The meeting is on November 3rd at Walton Community Centre starting at 7.15pm – further details on the Programme page. We look forward to seeing you all there – it promises to be an interesting evening.

September meeting

Our meeting in September is on Thursday 1st. Our speaker is textile artist and quilt designer Lesley Brankin and her talk is entitled ‘One thing leads to another’.

On her website Lesley says –

“I am a freelance needlecraft designer and textile artist lucky enough to be living and working in the beautiful surroundings of the Malvern Hills. Although much of my recent work is contemporary by nature and explores the use of painting and printing techniques I still find myself compelled to make the occasional precisely pieced foundation quilt (both large and miniature).

I am often asked what materials I use for my painted quilts, and because many are featured in my Gallery, I thought I would answer this question here. I often begin by printing (monotype or block printing) motifs or general textures using standard artists acrylics (adding textile medium for larger pieces) and then whilst the paint is still wet I ‘flood’ the background with diluted silk paints or fluid acrylics/inks. The interaction of the two different ‘paints’ results in the wonderful watercolour like effects that many of my quilts exhibit – you just have to go ‘with the flow’.”

One quilt featured in the gallery of photos on her website has local resonance. Made as a challenge piece for the Quilts in the Garden Show at Trentham Gardens in 2006 it won 1st place in the Special Category. Entitled ‘Awakening’, the design was inspired by the restoration of the gardens.

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Follow the link to Lesley’s website to find out more about her work and to see more photos. But, better yet, come to the September meeting to hear about and see the quilts in detail.

September Meeting

Our September meeting is on September 1st – that’s next week! We hope you have all checked your diaries and calendars and noticed that the first Thursday will be upon us before we’ve realised. Our speaker this month is Lesley Brankin with a talk entitled “One thing leads to another”. Leslie is a Textile Artist &  Quilt Designer and so you should be in for a visual treat.

We bumped into quite a few of you at the NEC and, looking at photos on social media of the quilts that caught peoples’ eyes, we do wonder if we all went to the same show. Which quilts caught your eye? Here are a few of the ones we liked (starting with a general shot up one of the quilt aisles –

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Hope to see you next Thursday!

July meeting report

Our speaker this evening was Judith Dursley from Swansea.  What an interesting and entertaining talk she gave, talking about how she became interested in miniature quilts and showing many examples of her work.  We are hoping to book her to return to give us a weekend workshop in 2017.

Plenty of quilts were brought in for Show and Tell – below are some members who were admiring these on the display racks.

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Just two of the quilts from Show and Tell (with apologies that no names are attached and that these were the only two photos available)

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There is no meeting in August. Our next meeting will be on Thursday September 1st and our speaker will be textile artist and quilt designer Leslie Brankin.