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.

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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.

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!

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!