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’.

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.


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.