Tattler August 2018

Dear Members

Welcome to Augusts’ meeting of Thameside Quilters.

Tonight is Christmas in August demo night. We will be demonstrating Pentagon Robin, Floating triangle Christmas tree, Japanese Mat, Scandi Stars.

What a fantastic evening last month was. The sales table was amazing we were like bees round a honey pot. All proceeds from the sales go towards the group funds. We would like to thank Sheila and Kate for giving up their time to bring this is an orderly manner. If you bring books or magazines on the night please remember to take them home as Sheila and Kate have no storage room. Magazines are now FREE so please help yourself. All books 10p.

All Quiltathon quilts need to be handed in by the October meeting ready for distribution over the Christmas period. If you have finished any quilts please do not wait until November as you can hand them in at anytime during the year. Makes distribution a lot easier for the representatives.

If you have any old Tattlers lying around please remember to shred them as they have personal contact email addresses and phone numbers.

Have a great evening

The Committee


Sales Table – Sheila and Kate

Hi Fellow Members

Well, what a successful evening the Sales Table had last month!  When it was all counted up we raised £91.30 – thanks to all who participated in the spending and to Kate, Sue and Ellie who helped with the selling.  Together with monies from previous months I will be able to give £200 to our Treasurer Sue.  All the money goes into the TSQ coffers to book more speakers. So its win win all round.

Thank you to everyone who generously donated fabrics and other ‘stuff’ which we quilters cannot manage without.  I had so much to take home the boot and back seat were piled to the roof (I had to pack more around Kate) and it has taken us two days to sort it out. 

However, I would like to advise that I cannot take books or magazines at all.  If anyone else wants to take over the display/selling of these (and more importantly store them) they are very welcome to take what stock I have left. (They are very heavy to lug back and forward each month!).

Here's to another lovely evening – we have hankies to make that special little quilt, and Christmas fabric ……..

Cheers, Sheila

Evelina Childrens Unit

Baby – 18 years

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

 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.

 See a committee member for free readymade ones, or you can make your own.  A simple message is best, e.g. Made with love by……………………

/Thameside Quilters. Month/Year

17 August - Demo Night – Christmas

21 September - Guest Speaker Gail Penberthy

22 September - Workshop Gail Penberthy

 19 October - Group Show and Tell

26-28 October – Richmond and Kew Quilters Exhibition- Landmark Arts Centre

16 November – Social evening. Bingo and quiz Secret Santa (stitch related gifts up to £5)

2019 Programme

16 Feb  – Welcome Back – New and Best Tools

16 March  – Guest Speaker Miriam Edwards

17 March  – Workshop Miriam Edwards Spider Web

 26 April – AGM

Fabric Fair - Great Bookham

I made a visit to the Fabric Fair at Great Bookham on the 21st July with Val Hewitt and Kate Purkis.

Twelve of my favorite fabric shops under one roof, can’t be much better than that! 

Not that I was looking to buy anything of course, just to have a browse round but some things just jump into your bag after some gremlin has opened your purse and whipped out money or a credit card.

There were several demonstrations going on; Collette was demonstrating hexagon papers that you can leave in after stitching........ she can be very persuasive! I found some in my bag when I got home!!  They can be obtained from Creative Quilting and so easy to work with. Well worth trying them.

I did allow myself some red fabric for a Christmas project I am planning, and a couple of felt kits from Daisy Chain Designs by one of my favourite designers Rachel Pellman.

We had a great time and came home with lots of ideas for future projects.

Forget to mention that the cakes in the refreshment area were delicious.   We really only went for the cakes!!!


Fabric Fayre – Patchwork Cabin

First of all we would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who helped out and generously gave their time on the day to run the refreshments, raffle and door and also to all of you who donated the delicious array of baked goods on the day to make this year's Fabric Fayre what it was!  
Even though it was an extremely hot day, so many of you ventured out and supported us to the extent that we were able to send The Princess Alice Hospice a cheque for £1,475!  It was a lovely day all round made possible by your support.  

See you all soon
Gwen and Julia

Fat Eights

 Did you know that Fat Eights comes in two different sizes.

They are either 9” by 22” or 11” by 18”

 Please be careful when purchasing Fat Eights. Some shops call 11” by 18” long fat eights. 

The Festival of Quilts – NEC Birmingham

 For those of you that visited the Festival of Quilts I hope you saw the amazing 1718 Silk Coverlet that was on display by the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. This is the oldest dated British Patchwork Coverlet. Susan Briscoe and Kaffe Fassett have written a book about its history ISBN 9781446304440. The coverlet will now go into the darkness for the next 10years before it is displayed again. Susan Briscoe was on the Sewing Quarter on Saturday 11 August at 10am to discuss the coverlet. If you missed the episode you can watch it on you tube. There is also a supplement in this month’s Today’s Quilter.

Now to save your pennies for next year FOQ 2019

The Knitting and Stitching Show 2018

Alexandra Palace

11-14 October 2018


Great Northern Quilt Show

31 August – 2 September 2018


The Handmaid Fair 2018

Hampton Court

14-16 September 2018