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.

June Meeting Tentmakers of Cairo

We may only just be getting over our trip to Quilts UK!, but it is nearly June and time for our next monthly meeting on Thursday  June 2nd at Walton Community Centre. Details on our ‘How to Find Us’ page.

Our June speaker is Joan Fisher who will be talking about the Tentmakers of Cairo. Some of you may have already met Joan and seen the work of the Tentmakers at the quilt show at Uttoxeter over the past couple of years.

Our meetings start at 7.15 and you are welcome to come a little earlier to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee (bring your own mug if possible) and some retail therapy with our monthly trader.

Malvern Coach

Just a quick reminder for all those who signed and paid up to go to Malvern on the coach this Saturday.

The pickup for the 3 ladies getting on in Newcastle is 8am from School Street and for the remainder travelling from Stone the coach will be at Westbridge carpark at 8.30am.

Please be at the pick-up point in plenty of time – we don’t want to leave you behind! If you bought an advance ticket, make sure you remember it or you will be very cross when you get to Malvern.

Have a great day out!

May Meeting Report

The May meeting was held at Stone Station, it being the only venue available that evening. It was a bit of a squeeze but we did all manage to tuck ourselves into a corner – having first shopped at The Corner Patch (our Trader of the Month), bought our raffle tickets and fetched a cup of something and a biscuit.

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At this month’s meeting Anne Garner talked about ‘My Quilt Journey’, with great enthusiasm. Anne, using a lot of beautiful quilts was able to show the effect using different fabrics had on the same quilt pattern and how her quilting has evolved since she retired from primary school teaching. We also saw examples of beautiful long arm quilting. There was a lot to inspire us and for us to aspire to. (Anne also likes owls).  The photo below shows the table Anne was loading with quilts ready to show us – and they were still coming out of bags and boxes – !

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We also had a Show and Tell of our members’ own quilts and Marjorie produced an Owl quilt for that. Here are just some of those quilts and their makers –

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Our next meeting will be back in the usual venue in Walton on June 2nd when our speaker will be Joan Fisher talking about The Tent Makers of Cairo.

Coming soon – a report on Sunday’s Workshop with Jan Hazzard.

 

May Meeting

Our May meeting on May 5th will be at Stone Station as our usual venue is being used for the elections. You will find a map here, but the station is signposted off the Newcastle Road in Stone. Hint – if you find yourself going over the level crossing you have gone too far – Station Approach is the turning on the left opposite the Talbot Inn and before the level crossing. The station is the large building at the end of the road – it is now a Community Centre.

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Our speaker will  be Anne Garner – Quilter and Creative Arts teacher who will share “Her Quilting Journey” with us.

April meeting report

Amanda Hall from Monkey Buttons patterns was our speaker on April 7th. She brought along a selection of her bags and quilts to illustrate her talk – “It’s the colours – development and design” – and to explain how she chooses her colours and works out the designs.

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Amanda explained the various techniques she uses – from fusible applique through traditional piecing and ‘wobbly line’ free motion quilting. She also talked about her use of pieced backgrounds using many different, but similar coloured, fabrics to create movement and interest.

 

 

Our new Chairman – Maggie Palmer – included in her notices the fact that we will be at Stone Station for the May meeting because of the elections – further details in a later post.

We have a coach trip booked for the quilt show at Malvern on 21st May. Please contact the secretary, or come along to the May meeting, if you want to book a place.

The quilt show at Uttoxeter is on from April 22nd – 24th. We hope to see you there.

Finally, Maggie gave us the sad news of the death of one of our long-standing members, Maggie Birchenough. Although she lived near Derby Maggie often made the trip along the A50 of a Thursday evening to join us. She worked tirelessly for the Quilter’s Guild and supported many of our local workshops and events. We will miss her.

Maggie Birchenough