Tattler May 2019

Good evening members,

 Welcome to the May meeting of Thameside Quilters.

 After last month’s meeting when the committee was voted in and Carole Montague our Chairman stepped down. The committee therefore held a meeting on the 29 April to select a new Chairman and allocate job roles for the rest of the year.

 The committee welcomed Isabel Hall our new Chairman and Collette Spice and Monica Hauting our two new committee members. The list of roles is printed on page 4.

 Due to some confusion the meeting times are 7-9 as we need to vacate the hall by 9.30. Please arrive at 7.15 so you can purchase your raffle tickets and browse the sales table before the meeting starts at 7.30. There will be no show and tell on the evenings that we have speakers. This will also allow time for members to ask questions and look at their samples and wares.

 Tonight we welcome Jennie Rayment. Jennie needs no introduction to the quilting world. She is the world’s only twiddler and fiddler of fabric. Jennie is a teacher, author on all forms of fabric manipulation with nine books to her name. 

 Items for the Shepperton Fair sales table should be given to Monica. There is a sign up time slot grid for members to offer their services for helping on the day and this is located on the main table. The fair is 10-4 pm. Please spare an hour or two it will be very much appreciated. Members of the committee will be there from 8am to set up.

 Shirley has agreed to be the Charity Quilt Co-ordinator which will encompass all the groups we support. Evalina Unit, St. Peter’s SCBU and Project Linus, plus other local groups such as Quilts 4 Care Leavers. Local hospices and care homes will be looked into to see if there are new outlets for the quilts to go.  

 Due to family illness Liz Jarvis will be unable to attend the August meeting. Collette has managed to secure a replacement speaker who will be Jackie Dimmock. She will also run a workshop on the following Saturday.

 The Committee

 Fabric Fayre 20 July 2019 10-4

The Old Barn Hall, 55 Church Road, Great Bookham, Surrey, KT23 3PQ

 Join some of the best fabric shops in the South, such as Eternal maker, Purple Stitches, Creative Quilting, Village Fabrics, Patchwork Cabin, Little House of Patchwork, and Running Chicken and plus many more. Small entrance fee, make and takes, homemade refreshments will also be available. This is a perfect day for any fabric lover.

 Tikki of  London - Kew

Tikki is closing down at the end of May. At present there is 25% off everything. Please check their website for details. www.Tikkilondon.com

Quiltathon Review

What an amazing day we had. Full of chitter chatter and laughter, lots of tea and cake and of course Sue got it wrong yet again which put a different spin on the design but I’m ok with it. Part of my journey was to learn that you don’t get it wrong, it’s called a DESIGN FEATURE.  I’m a bit like some other members of this group. OCD. Got to get it right first time. I stopped going to the workshops as I found them intimidating. Did not understand the instructions properly. Always seems to get it wrong. Although they are a great price against other places especially the Quiltathon it’s hard when you know the other people in the group and felt embarrassed to get it wrong all the time.  Your expectations of yourself are too high. I am a slow stitcher and against others that makes me feel pressure. Don’t like pressure. But with the help of Shirley, Isabel, Collette, Marrianne and other members of this group I have learnt it’s OK to be slow and my mistakes like the famous ¼ inch foot can be passed on to other new members of the group who will fall at the same hurdle. I joined the committee for this reason as well. To help members who don’t stitch all the time. Although I have been a member for 7 years I am still not a confident quilter. Still finding my way. I am now attending the workshops again. They are a great way of meeting other members of the group, learning new skills, and most of all building confidence. We are fortunate to have professional tutors in our group so please take a Saturday for yourself once in a while and go to one of our workshops. Even if you think you know everything no one does.

The quilts made at the quilathon go to our charities in exchange for the tuition that you would normally have paid. I never use my best best fabric for the charity quilt but still wish them to be lovely. I call them my prototype quilts.

This workshop was amazing and with the left over fabric we were advised how to make another quilt as well. Two for the price of one. What could be better? To also see the same quilt made with different fabric also gives you more of an insight to the blending of fabrics. This takes a long time to master. You also get to see the different tools members use. Use the workshops for these tips also. Some members have been here forever. Pick their brains. No question is silly.


Evelina London Childrens Hospital

 Delivered 40 Quilts to the Evelina with our precious little lady! Thank you all the ladies at Thameside Quilters for your support it means so much to us as a family, and to all the children and families on the unit.

 Collette and Gemma

Roberton Sales Table

 Hello fellow Thamesiders

 We have some lovely donations of wools, curtain lining and assorted fabrics – we wondered what to do with it? – maybe cushions, outdoor tablecloths and rugs, mats, or even a new cat/dog basket!! – we seem to have more fat quarters (I think they grow when we’re not looking, a bit like our stashes). 

 We thank you for the lovely and unexpected bunch of flowers – our sales are a reflection of the generosity of members donating things for the sales table. 

 Cheers, Sheila and Kate.

Dates for Diary 2019

8th June: Thameside Quilters – Arts and Crafts Stall at Shepperton Village Fair 10-4pm

 21 June: Sewing Evening – Blocks for Evelina Children’s Ward

 19 July: Demo Night: Christmas in July

 16 AugustGuest Speaker: Jackie Dimmock  

 17 August – Workshop – Jackie DimmockRick Rac”

 20 September – Sewing Evening

 19 October: Workshop - Back to basic £10 Members £20 Non Members-

 18-20 October: Malvern Autumn Quilt Show