November Newsletter

The next meeting of Ledbury Quilters will be held on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at the Baptist Church Hall beginning at the usual time of 7.30pm.  
Linda and Bobbie will be in charge of refreshments for the evening. 
For those who missed the last meeting, the annual subscriptions are due, having remained at £12.
Margaret will be taking a mini workshop to make a Christmas Decoration, for which the fabric and embellishments will be provided for free.
Please bring your usual sewing equipment including – small sharp scissors, needles, pins, pencil or marking pen, threads – black, white and red (and also gold if you have some, but don’t buy any – it is not that necessary) .
We would also love to see any work from the Edwina MacKinnon Workshop earlier in the month.
Advanced information for our Christmas meeting.  One of the evening activities will be a ‘Chinese Raffle’.  If you want to take part, please bring a quirky gift to the December meeting, so well wrapped that it hides its identity!  No boring smellies or chocolates please!  The gift should cost no more than £5 and does not have to be sewing related.
There will also be a themed Show and Tell, details at the November meeting so that you can start looking out relevant items you’ve made in the past.
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Edwina McKinnon Workshop

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.IMG_0654IMG_0655IMG_2336

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24 October 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!

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October Newsletter

The next meeting of Ledbury Quilters will be held on Wednesday 24 October 2018 at the Baptist Church Hall beginning at the usual time of 7.30pm.  
Carole Thompson and Sian Nunn will be in charge of refreshments for the evening. 
The annual subscriptions are due, they have remained at £12.
The planned speaker for the evening is unwell so instead there will be a show and tell by the committee members and a discussion  about “Modern Quilts”.
Future Events 
The Autumn Quilt Show is on at Malvern on 19th, 20th and 21st October
Weavers Gallery from 29 October to 4 November

fullsizeoutput_73b – This is a group of local textile artists who all met whilst doing City & Guilds machine embroidery at Malvern in 2015.  Since then they have met regularly to develop their practice and they are putting on their first exhibition

Weavers Gallery 12-18 November The group of WW1 quilts made by members will be shown at a Remembrance exhibition at Weaver Gallery. This will include a variety of artwork on the theme, and any contributions from Ledbury Quilters would be most welcome, including any quilts featuring poppies. The exhibition will be open daily 10-4 and Amanda would appreciate some help with stewarding. If you are able to volunteer, please contact her at

17 November – Edwina MacKinnon Workshop – details at the right of this page, also on the 17 November :Made in Madley workshop


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26 September Meeting

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.

Future Events

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

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September Newsletter

The next meeting of Ledbury Quilters will be held on Wednesday 26 September 2018 at the Baptist Church Hall beginning at the usual time of 7.30pm.  

It will be our AGM where there will be the normal business of the club, including election of officers and reports from the Chairman and the Treasurer.  The business of the AGM does not normally take long and we hope as many members as possible will come along to support the committee.

As always, you have your chance to put forward any suggestions to the committee.  Please remember that Ledbury Quilters is your club and the committee is always keen to hear your ideas to make the club what you want it to be.

Sherry Jackson and Sian Nunn will be in charge of refreshments for the evening.  The Refreshment rota for next year will be available at the meeting so please sign up and take your turn.  Remember, if everyone takes a turn no-one has to do it twice during the year.  As a reminder to any newer members, all the coffee, tea, milk, biscuits are provided – all you need to do is make the tea and coffee and wash up afterwards.

Following the business of the meeting, Amanda will be holding a mini workshop, the requirements for which are : 

Mini-landscape – Construct a small landscape using fused fabric strips to stitch at home later.  There will be a choice of designs, or you can choose your own silhouette.

Please bring the following if you have them:

Plain white or neutral coloured fabric for backing approx. 9″x7″ or 11″x6″ if you want to do the Malvern Hills design.

Dark or black fabric for silhouette, Fusible web e.g. Bondaweb or Steam-a-seam. Scissors for paper and fabric and a pencil.  Amanda will bring pre-fused fabric and extra backing pieces

Edwina McKinnon Workshop 


Saturday 17 November – Wellington Heath Memorial Hall

The subject of the workshop is ‘Cut and Come Again’ for which Edwina says you really can use up your stash and she will help with colours.

There will a signup sheet at the meeting and the requirements will be available at the meeting and are on the right here.

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Sit and Sew 15 September

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!IMG_2253

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22 August Meeting

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





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