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!

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.