Tattler September 2018

Dear Members

 Welcome to Septembers’ meeting of Thameside Quilters.

 Firstly the committee would like to apologise for last month’s meeting which did not take place. Although it did turn out to be fun thanks to Sheila and Kate selling their fabric in the car park it was very disappointing for all concerned. Alan the caretaker has apologised for his oversight as he forgot about the booking. Sue has contacted the Greeno Centre office and they have issued a credit note for the hire of the hall.  In lieu of the demo night the committee has therefore decided to hold this at the October meeting.

 Collette is still missing a few blocks from the July meeting so please return these as soon as possible as she is unable to finish the quilts.

 As you may be aware St Peters have delivered the first Quads in 25years (please see article attached) Because of this Shirley has been working hard with the Family Support team to ensure we are making the correct size quilts for them. The size are 16”x20”, 18”x22”, 20”x24”, you can do any variation in between, square is also acceptable. They are extremely grateful for our continuing support.

 If you require a top up on Thameside Quilters labels please see Isabel. These are free to members.

 We would also like to welcome Gail Penberthy who needs no introduction at all as we are sure you are all familiar with her work. Gail is also running a workshop on Saturday, either folded log cabin or Japanese bag   so please ensure you have received your requirement sheet from Isabel.

Have a great evening

The Committee

Compton Open Day

Saturday 6 October 10am-2pm

St Marys Church Hall, Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge,

 KT13 9TS (opposite Cleves School)

Our new class List will be available and there will be samples of the projects to see.

There will be fabrics for sale as well as kits and present ideas.

Although we won’t have the longarm with us, I will have my tablet, thread colour charts and backing fabrics so if you want to book in a quilt we can do that too, if you need any further info, our emails have stayed the same – izihall@aol.com and collettespice@aol.com

 Hope to see you there

Isabel and Collette

Phoenix Contemporary Textile Group Exhibition

 3 - 21 October

 “Collections - Why Things Matter”.

 Robert Phillips Gallery

Riverhouse Manor Road


Evelina Childrens Unit

Baby – 18 years There should be no loose ends or embellishments. Invisible thread is not permitted

 Baby Incubator Quilts 16x20, 18x22, 20x24 inches or any variation in between.

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

Dates for Diary

 11-14 October - The Knitting and Stitching Show

Alexandra Palace

9 October - Demo Night – Christmas

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

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


13 January – Quilters Fair 10am -4pm Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR

16 February  – Welcome Back – New and Best Tools

16 March  – Guest Speaker Miriam Edwards

17 March  – Workshop Miriam Edwards Spider Web

26 April – AGM


Full payment for the workshop is expected at time of booking at least one month before the workshop.  Please note that if the workshop does not have minimum numbers the committee reserve the right to cancel the workshop. Full refunds will therefore be issued. 

 Unless stated otherwise all workshops take place at Lyne Village Hall, Lyne Lane, Lyne nr. Chertsey, KT16 0AN on the third or fourth Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.). Cost £25 for Members and £40 for Non Members. The annual charity Quiltathon is £10 for Members and £20 Non Members.  Quilts made on the day are given to a committee member for distribution.

UFO days £10 per Member £20 Non Member      

First QUADS in 25yrs delivered at ST.PETERS NEO- NATAL UNIT


I am sure many of you have seen in the news that a set of quads were born in July at St Peters. The first for 25 years I am told.  We have provided 4 quilts for the babies, beautifully made by Jacquie Cranfield pictured below.


The committee thought it might be an idea to have a short item about the above for those of our members who are unaware of our history with St Peters and how it all began.


Not sure of the year but it is my understanding that it was started by one of our members who, at that time, had a neighbour working at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.  We provided little quilts for their unit but they were also being supplied by another group. It was then decided that we should support a hospital nearer home and so we started our relationship with St Peter’s.

I took over the co-ordination in 2004 and in 2005 the hospital started the charity “The Early Births Fund”.  The aim being to raise funds to expand the unit to provide intensive care for babies from all over Surrey.  At that time the cost of an incubator and the associated equipment was £80,000, I cannot imagine what that cost is today! The opening took place on the 5th July 2005 and myself, together with Robbie Roberton, Kate Martin and Rosemary Stephenson were invited to attend. 

During this period the group had made a raffle quilt to raise funds for this project and I am sure Cynthia will remember the hours we were at both the hospital and Squire’s Garden Centre selling tickets!!  We made a sizeable donation from Thameside Quilters to this fund and to mark the occasion a plaque was made and installed in the unit. Contributors ‘names are on this and it can still be seen in the entrance to the unit today. Each time I go in I glance at the plaque and feel proud for all of us that our name is on there.


















Shirley – Baby Quilts Coordinator