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



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