Tattler November 2017

Good Evening Members,

Welcome to the Quilt Giving Supper and our last meeting of the year.

If you are taking part in this year’s Gift Exchange, please place your gift in the basket in the foyer and don’t forget to collect a raffle ticket so you can “win” a gift later in the evening.

Next years subscription will be £30, if you wish to renew your subscription this evening, please see Isabel Hall, who will be happy to collect your money.

Alex has been busy booking speakers and has three wonderful Speakers who will be visiting next year, please remember to collect the 2018 programme for next year’s meetings and workshops before you leave.

There has been an amendement to the 2018 programme already. Jan Hassard has been cancelled due to the lack of members wishing to attend her workshop. This has now been replaced with a a sewing evening on the 16th and a UFO day on the 17th February.

When we return on 16th February we will be at the new venue Greeno Centre, 45 Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, TW17 9DH.

We wish you a wonderful Christmas break and a Happy New Year and look forward to meeting again next year.

The Committee

 

English Paper Piecing

If you are a lover of English Paper Piecing then Ashmead Designs were featured on the sewing quarter on 10 November at 9 and 11am. The templates that they use are called Hexiforms which can be left in to give the fabric a plump, luxurious effect. This is also a time saving way and giving a beautiful texture effect. The Hexiforms are used mainly for bags and cushions. Although they seem a bit expensive bare in mind you are replacing the bosal wadding which you would need to purchase. These are fully washable and leave no shadow on your fnished work if using light and dark fabric.

Top Tip.

Use freezer paper to lay out your design and then peel off and sew. If you loose your place just put the sewn hexagons back on the freezer paper and then you will know where your next piece needs to go.

 

Project Linus

Baby Basics Sunbury is part of the national Baby Basics charity who supply Moses baskets filled with clothes and equipment for new babies up to three months to mothers who are struggling to meet the financial and practical burden of looking after a new baby. We have been running in Sunbury for three and a half years and we have just delivered our 400th pack! We receive referrals from Midwives, Health Visitors and Social Workers and provide to families over a large area, some are refugees and some fleeing domestic violence. We also supply gifts for ladies in HMP Bronzefield. Project Linus has supplied us with beautiful quilts to place on top of the baskets and they look so special. Each one is different and they really make our baskets look special. We really appreciate the support we receive form Project Linus.

Mary Somerville, Baby Basics

(Quilts for Baby Basics should measure roughly 55cmsx 60cms)

Jacquie Cranfield
 

Tattler, October 2017

Good Evening, Members,

Welcome to the October meeting of Thameside Quilters.

Tonight is Christmas Demo night and we will be having demonstrations by Judy and Isabel on Santa Cones, Somerset Patchwork cards. Kits are also available to purchase.

At the meeting in September members voted for the 2018 venue whether to stay at Staines Methodist Church or move to the Greeno Centre in Shepperton. The closing date for voting was 3pm on  2 October to allow time for those members who were not at the meeting to be able to vote. The committee has counted all the votes and discussed the matter at the committee meeting on the 2 October at 7.30 and the members have voted 38-7 in favour of moving to the Greeno Centre.  The committee will now proceed to secure the venue for the 2018 year.

At the meeting committee members also discussed the price of the workshops for 2018 and voted to lower the cost to £25 per workshop for members and £40 for non members. The workshop in November will be a special offer day at the price of £15. We are hoping the reduction in price will allow more members to be able to attend.

Next month is our final meeting of the year. Please bring all your quilts that you have made for the Baby Unit or Project Linus.

Signup sheets for the pot luck supper are available. Please complete these.

The Committee

 

The Great British Sewing Bee

On Saturday 23 September I went to the Great British Sewing Bee at Excel with Evelyne Wheeler and Barbara Carpenter. I had never been to Excel before and was fascinated to see how big it was with a great variety of restaurants and coffee shops.

There was a lot to see and do with workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions by both students (some of whose garments were more like sculptures) and Liberty’s, who showed a range of garments spanning several decades of fashion. Some of the styles from the 70s and 80s brought back memories from my pattern cutting days; especially the long, rounded collars that I used to think were so fashionable!

One of the highlights of the day for me was the fashion show presented by Debbie Shore. All the garments had been made using Vogue and Butterick patterns which were available to buy. The show featured the ‘Walkaway Dress’ made famous in the Great British Sewing Bee television programme and I was inspired to buy the pattern and some fabric to make it.

Although the focus was more on dressmaking than patchwork, there were a great many shopping opportunities and I managed to find a lot of things that I needed. I bumped into Patrick Grant who was surrounded by ladies with camera phones, and had a very enjoyable chat with Stuart Hilliard about the Accuquilt Go which has resulted in me needing more dies for my machine.

Stuart is definitely my favourite!

I greatly enjoyed the ‘people watching’ as many of the ladies were in outfits they had made themselves, with one or two decidedly eccentric creations. The most heartening thing was to see how many young people were there, looking great: dressmaking and sewing are obviously thriving with the younger generation!

Let’s hope they run it again next year, it was a great day out.

Kate Purkis

 

PROJECT LINUS

Huge Thanks to everyone who contributed to the colourful blocks for Linus whilst I was ill. They made up into terrific quilts which I delivered, along with other quilts, to Your Sanctuary women’s refuges recently. I received this message in response:

Good morning Jacquie, Those last batch of quilts were so beautiful, all the lovely autumn colours were noticed by the families that received them with gratitude. They all asked that I send you a note of thanks from them. We are happy to take some more whenever you have any to spare because they get used as baby comforters in cots. We have one little toddler who throws his down on the lounge floor and then he lies down on it until he falls asleep. A teenager uses a pink patterned one to keep the chill out when watching TV in the lounge at night and we have a few more mature residents who use them to wrap their legs on colder days and they say it helps with arthritic pain.

So thank you from them all. Ann-Marie, Senior Refuge Support Worker

Well done, TQs.

 Jacquie Cranfield

Tattler September 2017

Good Evening, Members,

Welcome to the September meeting of Thameside Quilters.

Tonight we welcome Paula Doyle who is a full time quilter and she enjoys all aspects of quilt making, from hand piecing to machine quilting to the history of quilt making. She teaches quilting classes and she especially makes quilts and quilt patterns in her Green Mountain Quilt Studio. Paula is the author of Mini Mosaic Quilts, which is all about making small scale quilts and blocks with a fantastic easy piecing technique. Tonight we have the privilege to discuss her upcoming book Easy Stack Quilts (to be released in May 2018). Paula is also holding a workshop on Saturday 16 September for this method and we have three places available so please ensure you have signed up and have the requirement sheets.

Tonight we will also be discussing the venue for 2018 whether to stay at Staines Methodist Church or move to the Greeno Centre in Shepperton. We will be discussing the pros and cons of moving so please ensure that you vote on the attached sheet.

Compton Quilting will be holding their open day on 21 October 10-4 any quilt tops booked in on the day, for edge to edge quilting , will have free wadding. Guest traders are Izzy from Creative Quilting and Gail Penberthy with her patterns and some demos.
We'll also be giving a few hints about the classes for New Year, and as usual there will be cakes and scones in the kitchen to raise money for Water Aid.

The October meeting is Christmas Demo night so please bring your hand sewing kit and note books. We will be having demonstrations on Santa Cones, Folded cards, Christmas Robin, Somerset Patchwork.

The Committee

 

The Handmade Fair 2017

The Green

Hampton Court Palace

15-17 September 2017

The Handmade Fair is brought to you by Kirstie Allsopp and is all about appreciating the beauty of handmade, and learning the skills to become a maker yourself. Whether your day at the Fair teaches you how to make something yourself, up cycle a piece you already own, or if you buy it from an expert, it’s here to help everyone to make their life a little more beautiful. The Shopping Villages are full to the brim with handmade products of the highest quality, brought to you by our hand-picked and incredibly talented makers, along with an enviable range of tools and materials. The Super Theatre, Skills Workshops and Grand Makes are hosted by the UK’s most renowned experts, so you can be sure you’re learning from the best in the business. It’s not only a fun day out, but you’ll also be able to take away a bundle of skills and knowledge that you can use to improve your own life and home.

OPENING TIMES: 9.30am - 6pm

www.thehandmaidfair.com

 

Fabric Galore

Market Place Kingston

Dressmaking Fabric, Liberty Lawns, Quilting Cottons and home furnishings.

 

Declutter your sewing Space

If you would like to declutter your sewing space hire a Sales Table for £5 at any meeting. The proceeds will go to the chosen charity and you will free up valuable sewing space.

 

Knitting and Stitching Show

Alexandra Palace

London

11-15  October 2017

 

Dates for Diary

20 October – Demo Night - Christmas Themed

Bring your hand sewing kit.

21 October – Compton Quilting Open Day 10-4

17 November – Quilt Giving, Pot luck supper and Secret Santa

16 February 2018 – Speaker: Jan Hassard

17 February 2018Workshop Jan Hassard – Bargello Workshop

Tattler 18th August 2017

Good Evening, Members,

Welcome to the August meeting of Thameside Quilters.

Tonight we are holding our meeting at the Greeno Centre. We have decided to have our meeting here as this will be a venue option for 2018. Please let the committee know your thoughts as to whether you think this venue is better or worse than Staines Methodist Church. Obviously some members may have more difficulty getting here which we will also take into account so let us know if you know someone who is not here tonight that may have problems getting here.

Tonight we also welcome Alison Garner who will be talking on Fidget Quilts. If you remember Alsion showed us her Fidget Quilt on one of our previous meetings. This is an excellent quilt to make for people with Demetia as a calming aid and memory stimulus.

Due to illness the September talk and workshop with Kate Percival has been cancelled.

Please note the change to the 2017 programme.

15 September – Speaker Paula Doyle – Talk on her new book

16 September – Workshop – Paula Doyle – Easy Stack

20 October – Four Corners Demo Night: - Robin and Santa Cones

We are now half way through the year so please ensure you have made one quilt to be donated at the Quilts giving in November. Remember to sew your labels on which can be obtained from a committee member or you could make your own.

Have a great evening

The Committee

The Handmade Fair 2017

The Green

Hampton Court Palace

15-17 September 2017

The Handmade Fair is brought to you by Kirstie Allsopp and is all about appreciating the beauty of handmade, and learning the skills to become a maker yourself. Whether your day at the Fair teaches you how to make something yourself, upcycle a piece you already own, or if you buy it from an expert, it’s here to help everyone to make their life a little more beautiful. The Shopping Villages are full to the brim with handmade products of the highest quality, brought to you by our hand-picked and incredibly talented makers, along with an enviable range of tools and materials. The Super Theatre, Skills Workshops and Grand Makes are hosted by the UK’s most renowned experts, so you can be sure you’re learning from the best in the business.It’s not only a fun day out, but you’ll also be able to take away a bundle of skills and knowledge that you can use to improve your own life and home.

OPENING TIMES: 9.30am - 6pm

www.thehandmaidfair.com

Shipshewana Part 2

 

Elkhart County was interesting because it is the home of many Amish and Mennonite families. On our visit to the huge Shipshwana flea market, we were surprised to see the unmarried girls wearing plain but brightly coloured dresses in yellow, green, blue, salmon, lilac etc.with white aprons, whereas in Pennsylvania all the females wore, as the married ladies here were wearing, dark blue or black with black aprons. All had their white, hair covering, hats; these we were told are modern ones and made from stiff fabric, not just starched,  (they are better as, apparently, did not collapse if caught in the rain!)All the females, from children, grow their hair and wear it in a bun. Many of the children we saw were bare footed! The boys having "pudding basin" haircuts, wearing straw hats, young girls dressed, as all the females, in long dresses, aprons and white bonnets.
All over the county we saw gardens planted as quilt blocks, groups 'adopt' an area , plant and care for them over the summer season. This year too, we were able to see bronze, life like sculptures near the gardens, made by Seward Johnson. (Look him up, his sculptures are amazing!)
We visited an Amish farm which is now a museum; it was if we had been transported back in time to U.K.in the early 20th century, gas and oil lamps, boiler for washing and mangles, horse pulled farm machines. We toured the farm in a horse pulled cart! Their life is 'simple' but hard work. This area does not have enough farmland for all the Amish families to make a living and so they have set up other businesses, some we visited.  One was a camel farm, where they make face cream and sell the milk to help people with eczema etc.Another a leather worker making beautiful belts, bags purses and such, from cow hide, crocodile, ostrich etc. a wallet was about £40 a bit too pricey for us! Onto a coffin maker, what superb workmanship, those for the Jewish people had no metal, dovetailed joins, wooden 'nails' and handles, so amazing to see and smooth to touch! The Amish have polished, metal lined caskets with small doors so that the people can visit and pay their respects. They do not have cremations.
A Mennonite family's shop made and sold puzzles and baskets from wood, we bought seam un-pickers, cased in turned wood, we couldn't resist! The Anabaptists (Mennonites, Amish etc.) fled to USA in 1720s. They are a very religious community and believe that they must make a conscious decision to accept God, so therefore only adults are baptised. I found them calm and patient, those we met had a superb sense of humour, were friendly and welcoming. They have not adopted electricity but have 'gas' in enormous 'oil' tanks which in turn powers an electric generator, so electricity is used for washing machines, cookers, fridges and even sewing machines! Small sheds, were to be seen outside the boundary of houses, in every community- each had a telephone for the families to use! Horse and buggies are used for travel but here bicycles are very popular!
 We visited an Amish home where we saw cinnamon buns being made. Delicious! Had a few Amish meals, took part in an Amish sewing bee, visited lots of fabric shops, a talk from a collector of old linens and embroideries, a couple of museums giving information about the history of the area, plus an Amish maker of bird boxes. We were each given one to bring home, the trouble was that mine took up the space where the fabric I bought was packed! So fabric was moved to my "carry on” rucksack!
As you can see, ours was a very full and interesting holiday in Indiana.

Marianne and Joan

 

 

 

JULY 2017

Good Evening, Members,

Welcome to the July meeting of Thameside Quilters.

Tonight we welcome Angela Daymond who will be giving a talk on her love of dyeing with woad and Natural products. Angela is the owner of Fenland Studios and specialises in Kantha Stitching. This is a type of embroidery typical of eastern South Asia.  Kantha stitching is a running stitch but it is in the placement of colours that make this amazing. If you can sew you can do this. Angela also specialises in dyeing from Natural elements. There is also a workshop tomorrow (Sat) on Kantha Stitching, so please ensure you have signed up for the workshop.

Due to illness the September talk and workshop with Kate Percival has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued tonight so please see Sue for your refund. Our thoughts are with Kate and hope she recovers well.

Please note the change to the 2017 programme.

 18 August – Speaker Alison Garner – Fidget Quilts

This meeting will be held at the Greeno Day Centre, Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, TW17 9DH, which is a proposed venue for 2018 meetings. This is a trial visit to see how well we like it.

15 September – Speaker Paula Doyle – Talk on her new book

16 September – Workshop – Paula Doyle – Easy Stack

20 October – Four Corners Demo Night: - Robin and Santa Cones

We are now half way through the year so please ensure you have made one quilt to be donated at the Quilts giving in November. Remember to sew your labels on which can be obtained from a committee member or you could make your own.

Have a great evening

The Committee

JUNE 2017

Welcome to the June meeting of Thameside Quilters.

Sadly Jacquie Cranfield will not be able to attend tonight’s meeting so on her behalf the committee have stepped in. We will be making the blocks for the Project Linus “Eye Spy” log cabin quilt. These are 5” square centre of pictorial fabric and jelly roll strips to make the borders.  Sue will be manning the sales table so please have a rummage as all the proceeds will be going to Project Linus.

Last month we launched the group 2017 Mystery Block Challenge. You should now have received your first block either “House and Garden” or “Tea on the Lawn”. If you have any problems or wish to join please email Judy or Alison.

There are still places available for the July workshop – Angela Daymond – Hare or Chicken Kantha Clock – please see Alex to sign up

Kantha stitching is a running stitch but it is in the placement of colours that make these amazing. If you can sew you can do this.

Please note the change to the 2017 programme.

18 August – Speaker Alison Garner – Fidget Quilts

This meeting will be held at the Greeno Day Centre,  Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, TW17 9DH, which is a proposed venue for 2018 meetings. This is a trial to see how well we like it.

 20 October – Four Corners Demo Night: - Robin and Santa Cones

The Charity for 2017 is Baby Basics as voted on at the AGM in April

Have a great evening

The Committee

MAY 2017

Good Evening, Members

Welcome to the May meeting of Thameside Quilters.

Tonight we welcome Penny Hackney from the Matthew Hackney Foundation who will receive their cheque from monies raised during 2016. The other cheques have been hand delivered to Baby Basics and the Charley Paige Trust by Shirley. The charity for 2017 is Baby Basics which was voted on at the AGM.

We also welcome Izi from Creative Quilting who has brought her sales table so if you need to purchase fabric for next month’s Project Linus Eye Spy Quilt making evening, I’m sure you will be able to find something suitable.

Tonight we launch the group challenge 2017 Mystery Block Challenge, so please make sure you sign up with Judy or Alison. Choose between "House and Garden" and "Tea on the Lawn".

The new Thameside Quilters website is now live. This website has been a long learning curve for Judy and Alison and with the help of their friend Jo they have all managed to bring us this exciting website. There are still lots to add but what they have achieved so far is fantastic. Easy to navigate and belongs in the 21st century. We would like to thank Judy, Alison and Jo for all the time they have given up to bring the group’s website up-to-date. If you have any suggestions for the website please email Judy.

Mandy Shaw – Sewing Quarter on 6 May 2017

If you missed Mandy Shaw’s programme on the Sewing Quarter (Freeview 78 every morning 8am -12noon) then I advise you to watch this via You Tube. Type in Mandy Shaw Sewing Quarter and find the 6th May episode. She is on the third hour where she demonstrates how to make FLYING GEESE using a completely different method. This method is very quick and gives a completely different result. As everyone is aware Mandy does quirky sewing and is very fast not traditional.

Have a great evening

The Committee

APRIL 2017

Welcome to the April meeting of Thameside Quilters.
We will begin with the official formalities of the AGM voting
on new and present committee members for 2017-18 and then
moving on to the Silent Auction. At the AGM tonight we
nominate and confirm the Thameside Quilters Committee.
Caroline Gadd, Booking Secretary will be standing down. We
would like to officially thank Caroline for her continued
support and has done a fantastic job over the years. Alex Wood
would like to be nominated to join the committee for 2017-
2018. Barbara Bedford will be standing down as Treasurer and
Sue East will be taking over the post. Barbara will be staying
on the committee. We would like to thank Barbara for all her
hard work over the years in keeping the group solvent. We
would also like to thank Isabel for letting the committee hold
the meetings at her house and Cynthia for providing the
refreshments for each meeting.
For those unsure how the Silent Auction works here are the
instructions - Place your unwanted items on the table and make
sure it has a signup sheet with your item’s description and
name on the top, and then browse the other items placing your
name and bid on the signup sheet of the item you would like.
Bids are in 50p increments, keep biding on the items you would
like until time is called and if you are the highest bid the item is
yours.
Reminder subscription renewal for 2017 is £30, please see
Isabel Hall at the main sign in desk. The signup sheets for
workshops are also available at the main entrance.
Have a great evening
The Committee

MARCH 2017

Welcome to the March meeting of Thameside Quilters,
It was great to see so many members return after the Christmas break. We also had a few visitors who we hope had a great evening. Hopefully they are with us again tonight. Visitors are admitted free for their first meeting so do encourage friends to come along.


Unfortunately we were unable to issue members with their 2017 membership badges at the February
meeting so until they are ready please continue to wear your 2016 badge.


Reminder that the car park is £1.20 after 7pm and you need your registration number to obtain a ticket.


Subscription renewal for 2017 is £30, please see Isabel Hall at the main sign in desk.
The sign up sheets for workshops are also available at the main entrance.


We hope the new microphone system improved your evening. If you still did not hear better then let us know so that the system can be tweaked.


We are starting to plan the 2018 programme and would like members input. Would you like a UFO
workshop day or a workshop on certain topics like Bargello, another free motion quilting day or a
Friday sewing evening meeting with no agenda just tea/coffee and cake and chatting with friends. Is
there a block you have always wanted to make but don’t know where to start and need help with like
Mariners Compass then please let a committee member know or email Sue at eastlongford@aol.com
Members that took part in the group Sew a Row Challenge 2016 will be showing you their finished
product. Last month 8 of our 11 members showed us their finished quilts. What an amazing
achievement for our first sew a row challenge. We hope you will enjoy the rest of the quilts. Pictures of the quilts were put on facebook so please add us to your facebook account to view the quilts. We hope more members will join the group challenge for 2017 launching at the April meeting.