Edwina firstly showed us some of her quilts which demonstrated the different arrangements of the blocks we were about to create. She then gave us a very entertaining and interesting workshop on how to make decisions about colour and design. Through making small 4 – 6 inch squares we learnt which fabrics worked together and, more importantly, which didn’t!
The day finished with us all looking at each others work and suggestions on the best way to finish the piece were given.
Its hoped that many examples will be brought to our Show and Tell at the Christmas meeting.
A well attended meeting welcomed 4 new members and we were entertained by the committee members recounting how they started quilting, with examples of early work – warts and all. There were quilts with no wadding, no quilting and no idea how colours worked together!! Some ladies had started quilting way back in the 80’s while others only in the last 5 years. What we all had in common was the pleasure (and sometimes frustration) we get from our hobby.
Amanda then explained the background to the creation of the Modern Quilt section of the Quilters Guild, its differentiation from Contemporary Quilts and its links to the definition used in the USA. There were magazines and examples of work that could be categorised as modern although whenever this subject is discussed, there were different points of view – it led to a lively debate!
Over 30 members and guests attended the AGM. The business of the club included the approval of the minutes from the AGM in 2017, the Chairman and Treasurer reports, the confirmation of office holders and thanks to retiring committee members. Two new people have joined the committee and a full list can be found on our Contacts page. The matters arising included information about items in our inventory that members may borrow for free as well as confirmation that members over the age of 80 with 10 years continuous membership would be offered free life membership.
The annual subscription will remain at £12, which will be collected at the October meeting. Copies of the next years programme were distributed and this can be found on the Programme page.
The AGM closed at 7.50 p.m.
Sheila then announced next years challenge – for as many members as possible to enter a quilt in the Quilt UK show, Malvern 16 -19 May 2019. Details and entry form can be found on this link Quilts UK 2019
The WW1 Quilts continue to draw interest around the county and will be appearing in, amongst other places, Weavers Gallery, mid November, St Michael’s Hospice and Makit Show, Solihull on 1 December.
Amanda then showed us how to do a strippy collage with a silhouette of either the Malvern Hills or Sea Cliffs (no photos as I was too busy sticking down my fields and sky!) The members greatly appreciated the amount of effort she had put into preparing the fabric strips.
Region 11 Regional Day – 6 October – Areley Kings Village Hall, Stourport, DY13 0NP. The speakers will be Sarah Hibbert and Eleanor Marsden. Region 11 Event Details
Region 5 – Severnside Stitchers Autumn Show. Minsterworth Village Hall, GL2 8JH. Autumn Show Details
The hall was full with busy people sewing a variety of projects. Many followed Bobbie’s expert tuition to create the Churn Dash block that is actually much easier to make that it would appear. Others made up bags from instructions bought at a previous meeting whilst others worked on longer term projects. It was fun to see each others work and offer advice when new blocks were inadvertently created! Needless to say there was more cake than even we could eat!
Over 25 members and guests from Newent and Ross were welcomed to our summer social. Most people had quilts, bags, wall hangings or works in progress to share with us. There were even some very pretty lampshades. Techniques ranged from hand sewn over papers to machine pieced and included appliqué, free motion quilting, marking quilting line with soap! and hand quilting. The photos are just a small sample of the work on show.
The Sit and Sew workshop on 15 September. Members can either do their own thing or a disappearing pin wheel block (known as Churn Dash) is being tutored. Sheila had some samples to show the sort of work that could be produced and the requirements are:- 2 squares of fabric, one dark and one light – 10″ is a good size. Sewing machine, rotary cutting mat, cutter and ruler. General sewing kit with matching thread.
Also available will be our new Accuquilt fabric cutting system that was revealed at the meeting. Bring along some fabric and have a play.
16 September there is a Stash Sale at Stitchampton DY13 9SY – £10 a table if you want to sell or go along and buy.
The AGM 26 September. Along with the business of the club, Amanda will be doing a mini workshop, all you need to bring is a sewing kit, fabric will be provided.
6 October – Area Day at Areley, Stourport DY13 0NP Speakers Sarah Hibbert and Eleanor Marsden
Quilters Guild – Forty Shades of Red – an Exhibition. 27 May – 2 June 2019. Members were invited to enter a quilt that is predominately red (which during discussion was deemed to be over 50%) and no more than a metre in either direction.
The World War 1 quilts will be on display in Burghill Church on 8 September and at Makit Show, Solihull, 1 December.
From the July Meeting Post, Deryn had been in touch with the organisers of the Mappa Mundi quilt project. She is getting involved and if you would like more information or to volunteer please get in touch with Deryn firstname.lastname@example.org