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


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