Festival of Quilts

We hope you are all enjoying a summer break despite the weather. Don’t forget that next week is the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. This is right on our doorstep and easy to get to by train, or car.

There is so much to see and do at the Festival that you really need at least two days there – one to see the quilts and one to visit all the traders. Most of us can only escape for one day so plan ahead and write a list (or two). Take your camera and some money, most of the traders take cards too – which is not always a good thing, too much temptation.

Why not persuade some friends to share a car (and travel costs) and have a day out. You will see traders from all over the world, not just the UK traders you will see at other shows up and down the country. The same applies to the quilts – entries from all over the world, so many different categories and styles to admire and enthuse over – and wonder how on earth …?

You will find further information to help you plan your day(s) out here, including the option to buy tickets in advance, choose and book a workshop or a talk . . . and check out the list of traders to help you plan what you really need to buy and what you would quite like to look at. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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.

July Meeting

Yes, it is very nearly July. Already! Despite what the weather might think.

Our next meeting is Thursday July 7th at the President’s Hall, Walton Community Centre.

Our speaker is Judith Dursley whose talk is called “I’m just a girl who can’t say no”.

Below is a photo of one of Judith’s miniature quilts – her first 1/12th size miniature.

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Meetings start at 7pm for 7.30 with tea/coffee and biscuits beforehand as well as an opportunity for a little retail therapy from one of our local traders. If you can do so then please bring a mug/cup for your drink as it saves noisy washing up as the meeting starts.

Hope to see you there – why not bring along something you’ve made for our Show and Tell spot as well.

June Meeting Report

June 2nd saw a packed hall of eager folk come to listen to Joan Fisher and her husband talk about the Tentmakers of Cairo.

During Show and Tell before the talk we saw the first completed quilt, following the Jan Hassard workshop, by Angie .

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The talk from The Tent Makers of Cairo followed. It was most enjoyable – a great presentation from start to finish.  There was an opportunity to see the finished objects and learn about the men who make the quilts that in times past would have decorated the interior of tents in Egypt.

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Our next meeting is July 7th when Judith Dursley tells us “I’m just a girl who can’t say no”.

We hope that more of you will have completed your quilts (or tops) from the Jan Hazzard workshop and will bring them to show us.

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.

Quilts UK trip

How much can 28 ladies unleashed on the Malvern quilt show enjoy themselves!  Well of course a lot.  We travelled by coach from Stone on Saturday 21st May leaving at 8.30am and thanks to our super safe driver arrived safely in Malvern at 10.45 having had a short stop at M&S to purchase sandwiches for lunch!

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The first thing that hits a new visitor to Malvern is the noise and the colour of all the fabrics.  There are so many suppliers available to you with all sorts of desirable items that somehow you can’t imagine how you managed without before this day.
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We had plenty of time to walk round both the suppliers and the competition quilts before, in small groups, we found a space for lunch some inside and some brave folk outside (the temperature was a little low).

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After lunch was the time most of us went back to suppliers we had checked out previously, to make our purchases.

We arrived back at Stone at 6pm tired (some of us had a snooze on the coach) but very happy and satisfied with a day well spent.

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!