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Programme of Events 2018

Thameside Quilters 2018 Programme

Thameside Quilters is a local group of diverse and friendly quilt enthusiasts. We welcome all levels of quilters, from absolute beginners to experts, from traditional quilters to fibre artists. If you are a quilter or would be quilter who wants to meet like-minded people then we would love you to come and join us!

We meet at the Greeno Centre, 45 Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, TW17 9DH. Parking is available. Our regular monthly meeting is usually on the third Friday of each month between February and November, from 7:45 - 9:45pm (doors open at 7:15pm) Coffee and tea provided free.

The annual membership fee is £30, non-member guests are very welcome at £5 per meeting payable at the door. First  meeting is  free

Website: www.thamesidequilters.co.uk

Email : webmaster@thamesidequilters.co.uk


Dates for your Diary

16 February Welcome  Back – Guest Speaker - Jan Hassard - Cancelled Instead, we are having a Sewing Evening. Bring your hand sewing kits/knitting/or just have a chat with friends

16 March  Sewing Block for Project Linus: – Bring your hand sewing kits.

20 April.  AGM and  Silent Auction

Bring along your unwanted quilting and craft related items to donate for our fun fast-paced version of bring and buy. A favourite date on our members calendar – don’t forget your purse if you want to snap up the bargains! We will also be spending a few minutes of the evening on administrative matters such as nominations for new committee members and charity of the year selection.

18 May.  Guest Speaker: Miriam Edwards, Author and Quilter

15  June.  Sewing Evening:  - Bring your hand sewing kits/knitting/or just have a chat with friends (Cakes and Cookies provided)

22-24 June.  National Quilt Championship – Sandown Esher

20 July.  Guest Speaker: Mary Cunningsworth – Retired  teacher and librarian and very enthusiastic quilter.

9-12 August.  The Festival of QuiltsNEC Birmingham

17 August.  Demo Night: – Bring your hand sewing kit

21 September.  Guest Speaker: Gail Penberthy - Endless Thread Designs.

Gail loves to teach, design, demonstrate and share her passion for fabric. Her patterns include 3D projects such as sewing kits and cushions and is well known for her 3D hedgehogs made of felt.

19 October.  Group show and Tell: - Sewing Evening – Bring your hand sewing

16 November.  Quilt Giving & Pot luck Supper: - Secret Santa

Thameside Quilters Workshops

Workshops take place at Lyne Village Hall, Lyne near Chertsey, KT16 0AN. Tuition fee £25 for Members and £40 for Non Members, £10 non refundable deposit on date of sign up. Quiltathon – Members ONLY. 9:30 - 4pm. Doors open at 9am.

Sign up for workshops at our regular meetings, £10 deposit. Spaces are limited so sign up early.

Bring a mug and a packed lunch. Coffee and tea provided free. Parking is free.


17 February.  (Workshop: Jan Hassard – Cancelled) - Instead -   UFO Day – Members £10, Non Members £20


21 April. Workshop: Quiltathon - MEMBERS ONLY – “Twister Quilt” with Isabel Hall.

19 May.  Workshop: Miriam Edwards -  Spider Web

21 July.  Workshop: UFO Day – Members only £10, Non Members £20

22 September.  Workshop: with Gail Penberthy – Endless Thread Designs


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7:15 PM19:15

Friday 16th February 2018

Hello Quilters!

Longish post, I fear, so bear with me.

First and foremost a reminder that we will be meeting at the Greeno Centre, 45 Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton TW17 9DH from now on. Times as usual – doors open at 7.15pm, running until about 9.30pm. Ample parking. Tea and coffee as usual – we can use the centre’s mugs, but please wash up after yourselves and don’t leave all the washing up to the Committee!

This Friday is a hand sewing evening, so bring along anything you’re working on, and sit and chat to your friends, new and old.

We would also like to encourage you all to bring along any other handicrafts you do, whether it’s quilting-related, knitting, crocheting, lace-making, embroidery, stained glass making, jewellery – anything creative! And please consider showing the rest of the group what you do. This is your chance to blow your own trumpet and maybe get others interested in your particular favourite craft.

We have also decided that from now on the Show and Tell will be at the beginning of the evening (unless there’s a speaker) and we hope that this will allow more time for each person to talk about what they’ve made and will encourage questions and discussion about technique, colour choice, patterns etc. Often in the past, this has felt a bit rushed, and there has been chatting going on in the background. We hope that this new timing will give the Shower the attention they deserve.

Also in attendance on Friday will be two “Mystery Experts” wo have offered to answer questions and offer advice on any problems you may have – of a sewing nature, of course! So if you’re stuck on a particular aspect of quilting, whether it’s to do with thread or needles, or the colour of a border, ask away! It will be very informal, so you can approach them quietly, rather than in front of the group if you like. So bring along any sewing you’d like to ask about and they will do their best to help.

There are still places on the UFO day on Saturday 17th, £10 for members, so this might be your chance to get a quiet day away and get something finished. Bring your own lunch to Lyne Village Hall, 10am – 4pm. See Alex if you're interested in going.

We are also starting a new regular feature! Sheila Roberton has offered to run a Bring and Buy Table every month, with proceeds to group funds. Bring along any fabric, haberdashery etc and don’t forget to bring your purses so you can take away a bargain! Books and magazines are welcome, too, but we do ask that if they remain unsold at the end of the evening you take them back home with you. Sheila doesn’t have the storage space and they can be very heavy. Thank you.

Social Media – the new website is up and running! Take a look at www.thamesidequilters.co.uk and tell us what you think. Also, for those of you on Facebook, we have a Thameside Quilters page, and we encourage you to add photos, show reviews, favourite shops and services (as long as you have no vested interest in the two latter, of course!). The website and the FB page are linked, so you can get from one to the other with just a click. We’ve also linked in Project Linus, too. The more we use these media, the more people they reach, and therefore more potential members 😊

Last bit, I promise! The Data Protection Act is changing slightly in May 2018, and as a community group, we are obliged to show you what information we hold on you and give you the option to remove anything. We have your name, address, phone number and email address, and the details are only held by two members of the Committee – by me, as the person who sends you these monthly emails about the upcoming meeting, and the Membership Secretary. On Friday, we will be asking you to read a short information sheet on this and to initial the Membership Register to show that you agree with this. We will only use the info for these group emails and for emergencies – for example, if we need to cancel a meeting or workshop etc. We promise to keep the information safe and secure and never to pass it on to Third Parties.


See you on Friday – Happy Quilting!


On behalf of the Thameside Quilters Committee.

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7:30 PM19:30

Quilt Giving, Pot Luck Supper and Secret Santa

Bring along all the charity quilts you've made over the year, whether they're for Project Linus, St Peter's Special Care Baby Unit or Incubator quilts from the Quiltathon. We will display them all around the hall for you to admire the skills and creativity of our members.

We will also have a celebratory Pot Luck Supper, so bring along a plate of food to share with your quilting friends. We will supply non-alcohol punch to get us into the seasonal spirit.

And if you'd like to participate, we're having our Secret Santa swap - anything craft-related, handmade or bought (up to the value of approx £5) - a FQ or two always goes down a treat. Wrap it up and pop it into Santa's sack!

Saturday 18th November - workshop with our own Judy Stannard - "Basket Case!"

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7:30 PM19:30

Paula Doyle's introduction to her new book - Easy Stack

Due to the Kate's unfortunate cancellation due to ill health we are happy to announce that Paula Doyle will visit in September.

 Paula will talk to us about her new book 'Easy Stack' and the technique which takes large print fabrics and creates fabulous and unique blocks. Paula will explain the process of writing a quilting book with all the technical information and samples that are required to bring about a finished master copy to send for publishing.

We will be running a workshop with Paula on Saturday 16th September, entitled "Easy Stack"

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7:30 PM19:30

Angela Daymond

Angela Daymond will be speaking about her business - Fenland Textile Studio and her love of dyeing with woad and other natural products.  She will explain how she uses her dyed fabrics and threads to create and showcase her quilting designs and techniques, especially Kantha stitching.

Angela will be running a workshop on Kantha Stitching the following day, Saturday 22 July.


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7:30 PM19:30

Project Linus Quilt Block Sew Along

Bring your hand sewing kit and we will create blocks which will become a quilt or two for Project Linus - The block will be a simple Eye Spy log cabin. Please bring along any unwanted strips and any pictorial fabrics for the centre of the block. We will be bringing along fabric too. Jacquie will be bringing along a sales table of fabrics and haberdashery which will raise funds for Project Linus.

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7:30 PM19:30

Silent Auction and AGM

Tonight we'll be hearing short reports from the Committee about the events and our successes over the past year. We are also inviting you to join our committee, as we have a couple of vacancies. Don't be shy - come and have your say!

A popular event this evening will be our annual Silent Auction - bring along anything sewing-related that you no longer need and let others add to their stash. And if anything catches your eye, don't forget to place your bid. Bring your purses! It generates funds for the group, which in turn goes to our nominated Charity of the Year.

Which leads me nicely onto the fact that we need to propose and vote for the new charity for 2017/18, so if you know of a smallish, local charity that could do with some extra money, please tell us about them - just a 2-minute introduction will do, and we'll put all of the nominations to a confidential vote.

See you on Friday!


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