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.



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.

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).