Tattler June 2018

Welcome to the June meeting of Thameside Quilters.

Tonight the committee has provided cakes and cookies for tonight's Sew Along. Collette and Isabel have been busy and have provided blocks that just need blanket stitching for those of our members that wish to participate. The blocks will be put together to form quilts. Please let Isabel or Colette know which block you will be taking for their records. All blocks must be returned by the July meeting.

There was a committee meeting on Monday 4 June and there were some items on the agenda which were voted and seconded on. The changes are as follows.   

·        All workshops need to be paid in full 1 month before the workshop. Deposits will no longer be taken. The cost of the workshop will still be £25 for Members and £40 for Non Members

·        Quiltathon will now cost £10 per Member £20 Non Member to cover the cost of the hall and refreshments.

·        Show and Tell Quilts will have designated tables for members to display their quilts so that other members of the group can ask questions and admire.

·        At Quilts Giving November meeting there will be 3 designated tables for our members to decide where they wish their quilts to go. The choices are

·        Evelina Childrens Unit – St Thomas Hospital Children’s Ward

·        (Baby – 18 year old)

·        St Peters Neo-Natel Unit (Incubator Quilts or Incubator Covers)

·        Project Linus (Toddlers to Teenagers)

·        All Quilts to have the Thameside Quilters Labels attached. These are free and available from Alex ( Membership Secretary)

·        There will be no workshops booked during the months of June, July, and August due to holidays, fetes, and other events outside the group.

·        Miram Edwards’s workshop Spider Web will be held in March 2019 which is in lieu of the cancelled workshop from May 18.

·        The Silent Auction will no longer run and this will be replaced with the sales table each month.

Sheila is away on holiday this month so Judy has kindly stepped in so grab yourself a bargain.

If you have any concerns re these changes please see a committee member.

Have a great evening

The Committee

 

 

Emily Wilding Davison Quilts at Royal Holloway College’s History Day

3rd June 2018.

If any of you went to the annual History Day at Royal Holloway College last Sunday, you would have been wowed by the three quilts made by Paula Doyle and on display at the entrance to the Main Hall.

Back in Autumn 2017, Paula was approached by Dr. Matthew Smith, Head of History at RHC and Head of Egham Museum. He asked if Paula was interested in making a quilt or three to commemorate the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage in Great Britain. Of course she was! The project was financed by a grant from Egham Museum, more specifically, their “Suffrage in Egham” Project, supported by Amy Stone at Egham Museum.

The three quilts were designed by Gavin Kinch, the illustrator. He designed the three panels and decided what each would depict and what each would say. As the whole project was on a pretty tight schedule, it didn’t allow for Paula’s original ideas for applique, so each panel was digitally printed by Hatley Print, Lewes, Sussex, onto velvet (velvet!) in March/April this year bear in mind this was for an exhibition in early June!

The three panels were quilted by Paula, working 14-hour days to get them finished, and she did it! There is custom quilting on the panels: there are nine portcullis, representing the number of time Emily was imprisoned; there are 49 suffragette arrows (as on the badges worn by the Suffragettes), representing the number of times she was force-fed.

Panel One shows her at Royal Holloway College, where she studied literature.

Panel Two shows her in front of the Houses of Parliament, where she was arrested during the census, for trying to move into the building to claim residency.

Panel Three shows her at Epsom Downs, where she sustained the injuries which eventually killed her after three/four days, while she was trying to pin the Suffrage colours onto the King’s horse, Anmer.

Even the quilt stands were a local endeavour, made by Tim Badder in his Blacksmith’s shop near Heathrow.

There was a documentary on this week by Lucy Worsley about the Suffragette Movement and its history. It’s available on iPlayer and it’s a real eye-opener about what they did to achieve their beliefs that women deserved to have a vote. We owe them such a lot.

If you saw the panels, you will know how exquisitely the panels are quilted by Paula– Emily even has breasts! And Gavin’s illustrations are just right and convey the perfect backdrop for one of this country’s heroes. If you didn’t get a chance to see them last week, please do look out for them and go and see them. You won’t regret it!

 

Quilt Giving – November Meeting

We are half way through the year and this is a gentle reminder that hopefully you will have one quilt on the way ready for the Quilt Giving in November. This is where Quilts are presented by members in preparation for our representatives to distribute them over the following months. Is your on the way!!

Please note the group is now supporting the Evelina Childrens Unit.

 

Tattler

Between us all there is a font of knowledge which can be shared with the other members of the group. Some members are still trying to find their way so if you have a top tip, website, tutorial, been on an outing of interest, items for sale, new book,  please send the details to the editor by the second Friday of the month.

email: eastlongford@aol.com  The Editor

 

Kathy Schmitz

If you love Mandy Shaw and Gail Pan Designs you may also like Kathy Schmitz who has just published a new book called Stitches from the Yuletide – Hand Embroidery to Celebrate the Season from Amazon or Wordery. You may also like her new pattern Goodwill to All  www.vintageandvogue.com

Message from Sheila re Sales Table

Hi everyone, as we’re away I thought I’d share with you some recent items, so you can bring your purses in July!

A lady in Virginia Water has been clearing out her wardrobes and contacted Judy to collect some items. 

. A pair of beautiful 1920’s cream cotton twill counterpanes. The central panel is a Jacobean design, all hand embroidered in crewel wool/felted wool, with a dimension of 33in x 11in (48x28cm). The work is done on a wholecloth but the embroiderer has hand sewn a piece of matching cream trim to make it look like a panel. The overall dim of each is 68in x 130in (172x330cm) with fringing round three sides. Perfect for that spare bedroom or as a present for someone special. I have given a picture of them to Judy so you can see, and if anyone  would like to see them before July please contact me.

. A beautiful cream/chintz bedcover. Once again made in the 1920s, English paper piecing. A maker’s label says they were made from strips of sateen left over from curtain linings.  It unfortunately has a heavy water stain in the middle. Dims 88inx69ins (222x173cm).

. A small unused wool rug – 50inx27in (127x69cm).

. A red tartan wool blanket, fully reversible in black. Dims 56inx86in (142x173cm).

. Black dress velvet, 36in wide (92cm) – nearly 6 yards! – in perfect condition.

. Some lovely small knitted blankets, plus one half completed, together with 300gms of DK wool (pink).

I also have some washed old cotton sheets (with some storage marks). Probably only suitable for dust sheets when decorating or the boot of your car. 

 We also have donations of small crocheted blankets, embroidery items, wools, furnishing velvets, silks – and so much more!  NB The donated 63 pocket hankies have already been purchased by someone who wants to make a handkerchief quilt!

Cheers, Sheila

Flossie Teacakes' Guide to English Paper Piecing: Exploring the Fussy-Cut World of Precision Patchwork – Release date - 29 Jun 2018

In a sea of quilting project books, Flossie Teacakes' Guide to English Paper Piecing stands alone. Drawing together many disparate strands, this comprehensive guide offers up a deeper exploration of this precision patchwork craft, providing everything quilters need to know on a practical level to begin navigating fussy cutting and English paper-piecing (EPP).

 

Tattler May 2018

Welcome to the May meeting of Thameside Quilters.

Unfortunately due to minimum numbers not being reached and the Royal Wedding on the same day, the committee has postponed the talk and workshop with Miriam Edwards. We are sure members would rather be watching the Royal Wedding. All members that had signed up for the workshop will be issued with a full refund so please see Sue.

Marianne stepped in at the last minute and will demonstrate how to make a Morsbag or Boomerang Bag.

Last month we had our AGM and Silent Auction. The group raised £127. We hope you all grabbed yourself a bargain.

Have a great evening

The Committee

 

Quiltathon

This year’s Quiltathon was run by our very own Isabel Hall. We had a lovely day and learned how you can transform a simple square quilt top into an amazing Twister quilt. The quilts are then donated to the group to be distributed to either the hospitals or Project Linus. It was amazing to see the difference between the quilts just by using different colour choices

Fabric Fayre  21 July 2018

The Old Barn Hall, Great Bookham, KT23 3PQ

Quilting show featuring specialist patchwork and quilting supplies make and take sessions, raffle and lots of homemade refreshments!

Entry fee £4 with the proceeds going to the local charity.

Please check out Patchwork Cabins website for times of the day.

 

Dates for Diary

 15 June - Sewing Evening

22-24 June - National Quilt Championship Sandown Esher

20 July - Guest Speaker Mary Cunningsworth

21 July - UFO Day at Lyne, Chertsey

21 July – Fabric Fayre – Great Bookham

9-12 - Festival of Quilts – Nec Birmingham

17 August - Demo Night – Christmas Stocking fillers

21 September - Guest Speaker Gail Penberthy

22 September - Workshop Gail Penberthy

19 October - Group Show and Tell

16 November - Quilt Giving & Pot luck supper -Secret Santa

 

A guide to quilt sizes for donation:

Baby Incubator Quilts 16x20 inches

 There should be no loose ends or embellishments. Invisible thread is not permitted.

Baby Incubator Covers 36x36 inches

 Please use a subdued coloured backing as these quilts remain at the hospital and they should be able to withstand frequent washing.

Project Linus Quilts

Bright fun quilts of a variety of sizes to suit all ages. Toddlers to Teenagers. These quilts must have a Thameside Quilters Label attached

 Please ensure that each quilt is labelled.

Tattler April 2018

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 2018-19 and then moving on to the Silent Auction. At the AGM tonight we nominate and confirm the Thameside Quilters Committee. 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 2018 is £30, please see Alex Wood at the main sign in desk. The signup sheets for workshops are also available at the main entrance with Isabel Hall.

Have a great evening

The Committee

 

Email Address

Each month members should receive a group email from Judy. If you are not receiving yours please see Judy so she can update your information.

 

Tattler March 2018

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, some have now become members. Visitors are admitted free for their first meeting so do encourage friends to come along. We received some lovely positive comments from members and visitors regarding the new venue and how friendly the group is. This month the group is advertised in Shepperton Village Matters. Shirley wrote a lovely article for us so please take a look.

Next month is our Silent Auction.  This is where you can grab yourself some amazing items so please make sure you bring your purse. For those unsure how the Silent Auction works here are the instructions. You 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.

Membership renewal for 2018 is £30, please see Alex. 

The signup sheets for workshops and UFO days are also available, please see Isabel.

Have a great evening

The Committee

 

A Lovely Present

Thanks to everyone who donated/bought at the sales table in February.  I am pleased to say we made £50.81 – and I hope you all took home a bargain!

One item which remained unsold was a lovely embroidery frame – complete with pattern and wool.  I’m thinking maybe a present for yourself to use in those quiet moments when you don’t want to quilt (?) or stop the cat from getting on your knee!  Perhaps there is someone you know in your family or a friend who would like a chance to get started on a new hobby….  We had to send it home with a volunteer as Kate couldn’t get it in her sports car with all the other bits and bags but we are sure it will be back for sale this month!

It was great to see everyone and catch up with information exchange (never gossip) – the atmosphere in the new centre was warm and welcoming, just right for our quilt group.

Sheila

 

Baby Basics

I was invited, together with a friend (who knits loads of baby clothes!) to a soup lunch on 3 March held at Sunbury Methodist Church. The MP for Twickenham, Vince Cable, was there and expressed his thanks for the work done by this much needed group. He also spoke about the sister group, The Extra Mile, which supports families with children up to 5 years. This is based at Hampton Methodist Church and the requests for help come from health professionals, social workers etc. They take donated goods such as cots, high chairs and pushchairs as well as clothing and toys in good condition.

If any members know anyone who has items to donate, please let me know. I will be happy to collect and can deliver to the collection point.

Shirley

 

UFO Day 17th February

Sadly only four of us managed to get to the UFO day but we had a most enjoyable time. It is amazing how much you can get done without interruption. It is also a useful opportunity to work on something you may be having a problem with and have the chance to consult with others to get suggestions..... always plenty of those! .....and help. Many years ago I had a manager in my department who always promoted discussion, "two heads are better than one even if they are only sheep"!

We used to laugh and make appropriate sheep noises but it is very true, and often the most useful suggestions can come from those with less experience.

My husband used to say that those who worked closer to the coal face had the best ideas!

Hope more of you will sign up for the next UFO day on 21 July.

Shirley

Tattler February 2018

Good evening members, welcome back to our first meeting of 2018.

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and you received lots of sewing goodies.

We start this year’s programme with a meet and greet evening in our new venue. Unfortunately we have cancelled the speaker and workshop due to lack of numbers so the workshop on Saturday will be a UFO day at a cost of £10 for members and £20 for non members.

The committee has decided to hold the show and tell at the beginning of each meeting unless we have a speaker as we never seem to have enough time to appreciate your hard work. This will also allow you time to admire and ask questions.

Committee members have been busy over the winter break distributing new flyers advertising our group. Hopefully we may see some new visitors so please make them welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits are free on a help yourself system. Please also remember to wash up. 

Judy and Alison have been working hard with the website so this is now up and running with lots of photographs and links to our face book page. 

The committee has had a slight change in rolls so Isabel is now the booking secretary and Alex the membership secretary.

Membership renewal for 2018 is £30, please see Alex. 

The signup sheets for workshops and UFO days are also available, please see Isabel.

Sheila Roberton has offered to run a sales table every month so if you have any contributions please bring them to the meetings. The group has also been given fabric, books and haberdashery from Anne Cotton which was collected over the Christmas break and which will be on sale and the proceeds will go towards the group.

Have a great evening

The Committee

 

Moda Cake Mix Recipe

If you are like me unsure of what these are and too shy to ask never fear Thameside Quilters to the rescue.

I was very naive and thought when these were mentioned that the person was baking. At a workshop at Isabel’s before Christmas I plucked up the courage to ask the dreaded question. To be informed that the sheets were all the same and would make you’re piecing more accurate. Once sewn and cut you then arrange the piecing as per diagram to unveil different patterns. Cake Mix is for Layer Cakes and Cup Cake Mix is for Charm packs. This is such a quick way of piecing and more precise. Another tip is always measure your material before commencing as I found out. Half a metre of fabric was cut at 20 inches but a metre of fabric was cut at 39.5 inches. Another lesson learned. This I find very confusing but as I was informed 1 metre is 39.5 inches.

Sue

 

Workshop at Isabels

 Before Christmas I attended a workshop run by Isabel and Collette. The day was amazing. Very friendly and I learnt a lot. There was no pressure to finish, it was not a race and to be fair I felt very comfortable. I have not attended a workshop for ages as I always felt under pressure as I am a slow stitcher.

As always the food was lovely and the company friendly. I highly recommend the workshops.

Sue

 

UFO Days  – 17 February and 21 July

£10 for Members £20 for Non Members

 Do you every feel overwhelmed with life’s pressures? Need a bit of time to yourself in the company of like minded colleagues? Don’t need to attend a workshop just need TIME? Then attend one of our UFO days. We have two this year. Spoil yourself for once and take a day out of your busy schedule. There are 365 days in the year surely you can spare one day. Have a day’s sewing. Bring along a new project or an existing one and there will be colleagues on hand to help you. Always wanted to do Bargello but don’t understand? - bring your pattern and fabric and we can help you. Free Motion, never have time to practise?  Come along for some practice. This is an excellent place to be in the quiet surroundings of Chertsey. Just remember to bring lunch, tea coffee provided free.

 

 

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.