April 2015 – The British Quilt and Stitch village at Uttoxeter Racecourse

It’s April already and Easter has been and gone, so now I’m really looking forward to the British Quilt and Stitch village at the Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire on Friday 24th April, Saturday 25th April and Sunday 26th April 2015.  Great location, easy to get to, as it’s just off the A50  with good access to both the M6 and the M1.

I can’t wait to see all the fabulous quilts (and embroideries) at the show.  I’ve already made a shopping list of the things I would like to purchase from the wonderful range of traders, but no doubt whatever I have on my shopping list there is bound to be much more to tempt me.  Don’t forget to call in at the SPQ stand and say hello – we are usually in the main exhibition hall.

hope to see you soon

Nicky G

September Meeting

Hi all,

Welcome back after the summer break. It’s business as usual here at SPQ.  The committee met this evening and we’re feeling recharged, re-energised and ready for an exciting few months. To kick off our autumn programme, next week (Thurs 4th Sept) we have Ann Jermey giving her talk entitled “Monday morning pieces”. Get ready to be inspired!

You’ll have the opportunity to sign up for two upcoming events at the September meeting. Make sure you bring your purse/chequebook with you to secure your place whilst you still can.

Eleanor Marsden Workshop – We have had a lot of interest in this workshop. Secure your place soon for £30. Speak to Marlene at this month’s meeting.

Soup and Sew – Ever popular, our next Soup and Sew Event will take place on 11th October. Sign up now for just £10.

See you next week.

At last, the SPQ 2014 programme available on the web

6th February: Jane Lockley was due to demonstrate ‘Have a go at stamping on Fabric’ but unfortunately was unwell – Heather Russell stepped in at short notice and talked to us about her involvement with  Project Linus.

6th March: AGM and demonstrations incl quiz and foundation pieced card.

3rd April: Rose Smith – Ludlow Shropshire – My passion for sewing and quilting.

Sat 11th April: Simon Henry Applique workshop

1st May: Sue Nickson from ASding Wadding – “You’ve finished the top now what?”

Sat 17th May: Malvern coach trip to Quilts UK Exhibition.

5th June: Pam Ablett, Quilters Trading Post – “How I became a long arm quilter”.

Sat 7th June: Soup and sew. Bring along your own project, see what others are working on and join in the fun.  incl Jane Lockley – Have a go at stamping on Fabric

3rd July: Eleanor Marsden – Award winning quilter,  “My love affair of fusible bias binding and a lot of black and white.”

No meeting in August, but don’t forget the Festival of Quilts 2014 at the NEC  in Birmingham  7th to 10th August – currently the largest patchwork and quilting exhibition in the UK.

4th September: Ann Jermey “Monday morning pieces”

2nd October: Julie Bull, Textile artist, Telling stories in fabric and stitch.

Sat 11th October: Soup and sew. A great opportunity to get on with your sewing, starting or finishing items ready for Christmas?

6th November: Pat Salt. An evening with a Quilt maker. A personal journey exploring and experimenting with the basic elements and influences of traditional quilts.

Sat  8th November: Eleanor Marsden workshop

4th December: Christmas Party – incl SPQ Chairman’s Challenge.

Reminder, no meeting in Jan 2015

We looking forward to seeing you at one of our meetings

kind regards

Nicky   SPQ Chair 2014

Changing of the guard

     The AGM last Thursday brought about a change to the working committee. 

Nicky Griffiths was voted in as Chairman and Alex Kent was co-opted as Deputy Chair. There should be a photo of the new members BUT for the last time my camera never came out of my bag. My camera travels miles but rarely takes photos. It is only later that I remember that I have it with me and I should have taken pictures of so many things. Maybe I can make amends at April’s meeting.

    According to Tori the AGM part of March’s meeting took less than 15 minutes from start to finish and then we got onto more enjoyable pursuits. You could make foundation piecing Easter cards or if you didn’t fancy hand sewing then Marlene had a good quiz to task your brain.

Margaret Spate was organising Quilt Angels for Uttoxeter and rounding people up to decorate our SPQ stand with all sorts of items to display. If you did volunteer anything then don’t forget to bring it to April’s meeting.

Finally, thank you for the beautiful orchid plants that you gave Tori and me.

So for the last time; See you at the next meeting and don’t forget your mug.


Moving on to March

Thursday 6th March will see our AGM. Where ever has the last year gone?
All of the Committee were new in place last year, which was perhaps not the best of situations as there was no experienced hand to guide us BUT on the other hand it has meant that new ideas have been tried with no-one to say “we don’t do it like that”.
Remember that SPQ is your group. We need you to take part in aspects, from running it to volunteering, attending and passing on ideas.
On to our AGM. Admission will be half price, the raffle will be free and there will be a mystery project to get on with when all the formalities are out of the way. If every one can bring a small bag of scraps it will help everything along. I have been asked how small the pieces need to be? I should think that perhaps the smallest pieces may be about 2 1/2 inches suare. If you have a favourite pair of scissors, then bring those as well. Everything else will be provided.
I know that Margaret Spate will have information for anyone who wishes to be a Quilt Angel at the Uttoxeter show at the end of April. She will be able to give you all the information about the what, the when and the how after the AGM, so if you are intending to help in this way you can see her and sign up during our “mystery activity”.
See you all at the AGM

2014 begins

Our 2014 programme opened with a change.  Jane Lockley was unfortunately poorly and, despite her best efforts, she was unable to be with us.  Let’s hope that she will soon be better and perhaps we can fit her in at a later date.

Heather Russell valiantly stood in at the last minute and told us all about her journey from hand-sewn hexagons in curtain fabric to Co-ordinator for Project Linus.  She brought in a range of quilts using different techniques from patchwork piecing to applique and stained glass.  Heather showed us many lovely applique wall hangings – one had very cute owls and another had two fabulous seahorses.  Heather – if ever you decide that you don’t want the seahorses any more then it will be gratefully received over at my house!  I think it is gorgeous.

I’m afraid there are no photos this time as I did my usual trick.  I had my camera with me BUT it never came out of my bag again.

Did anyone leave an umbrella behind? After everybody had gone a purple, turquoise and black umbrella with a turquoise handle was found.  If this is yours then Marlene is keeping it safe until our March meeting.

An early warning for the AGM in March.  We hope to get all the formalities out of the way as quickly as possible and then we can start the mystery project.  Can everyone bring with them a small bag of scraps?  Slightly more information will be forthcoming later


Welcome to 2014

I hope you all had a good Christmas and Santa left you lots of patchwork and quilting goodies under the tree.

Before Christmas about half of us braved the dreadful weather forecast and blocked roads (accidents on the M6 and A34) to get to our Christmas party.  There were mince pies and Stollen aplenty and non-alcoholic fizz (we were all driving) helped them to slip down a treat.  A table of donated goodies for the Tombola disappeared as the night went on and hopefully a good sum was raised for our local First Responders.

I kept busy over Christmas with some stained glass patchwork and when you are putting on the black bias tape it becomes quite addictive.  “I’ll stop when I get to the end of the fishes fin or the top of the sea weed” said I.  But an hour later I’m still going.  I found meals were just appearing by my side, courtesy of a fed-up-of-waiting husband who had cooked out of starvation!  I have now finished the piece, but I definitely must do some more.  It’s compulsive.

We kick off this year’s programme with Jane Lockley and “Have a go at stamping on fabric”. Jane has done this with us before at a Soup & Sew Saturday and her table was very busy with people having a go.  So I’m sure Jane will be showing us some fabulous things to do again.

A reminder that our AGM will be in March and Tori and I are both standing down from our temporary measure of joint Chairman.  So now we need someone to take over from us.  If you would like to take on this challenge then see Marlene at the next meeting.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting – Thursday 6th February.


Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers
        Thursday December 5th is our last meeting of this year, so let’s make it a good one.
       It isn’t too late to bring in a fat quarter for  the Charity Tombola in aid of our local first responders or toiletries for another Christmas stall. We will also have as usual our Retail Therapy for those last minute gifts for quilters. Festive punch will be available along with other Christmas Fayre to start the evening with a swing. Don’t panic drivers, the punch is non-alcoholic.
      The 2014 programme will be available so make sure you pick one up. Heather has made sure that it is filled with interesting speakers and events and you will be able to find out who is on Retail Therapy duty at each meeting.
     Remember that there is NO MEETING in January and Jane Lockley will kick off the New Year for us  on Thursday 6th February with , “Have a go at stamping on fabric“.
    Just in case  you cannot be with us on Thursday then I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

November events round up

Soup and Sew, Sonatas and Sixties
Saturday was our Soup and Sew day. We decided that we needed tranquil music to start with as many of us had had a frantic week, but it did gradually get more upbeat as the day progressed.

A mixture of crafts emerged from bags including knitting, crochet, advent calendars, quilts nearing completion and all sorts of finishing off projects.

Lunchtime was called. Whatever had happened to the morning? Marlene’s delicious home made soup was so good that it stalled the conversation for a moment and second helpings were very much enjoyed before we got back to the tasks in hand.

Such a shame there was not more of us there.

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Sashiko Soiree
Rebecca Ayton treated us to a very humorous talk about the history of the Japanese art of Sashiko (pronounced sashko). She explained the history of this Japanese art and the cultural significance of the patterns.
Rebecca had us laughing as she recounted her experience of making the school pinny and how it turned her off sewing. I think we have all been there at some point. Needless to say she discovered years later that sewing could be fun and colourful. There were anecdotes aplenty about travelling in China and losing luggage with laughter halting the talk.
Rebecca had brought along some of her Kokeshi dolls, one of them being a treasured possession and showing on its costume all the Sashiko patterns.
We all enjoyed examining her samples of designs and garments, and her invisible bed quilt was just fabulous (you needed to be there to understand this!).
All in all it was a very good evening and I hope it will not be too long before we see Rebecca in this area again.




November news

Coming up on the 7th November or speaker is Rebecca Ayton and she will tell us all about “The art and history of Sashiko”.

Remember to bring your Chairman’s Challenge name badge and don’t forget the fat quarter for our Charity Christmas Tombola in aid of our local First Responders.

Saturday 9th November is our Soup and Sew Saturday. £10 covers your lunch and good company. Just bring along what you like to do; hand sewing, knitting, crochet, bring your sewing machine. I’m sure Heather would be delighted if you could donate some time to Project Linus.

Now, looking even further forward to December. Put the 5th of December your diary – this will be our Christmas meeting and all sorts of fun-packed activities have been planned.

Cast your mind back to April (difficult I know, too many things have happened since) and the meeting when Simon Henry was our speaker. It was a great night and we have persuaded him to come and lead a workshop for us. We have booked Friday 11th April at Walton Community Hall and the workshop will be “Cut away and turned Applique”. 10.00am – 4.00pm, cost £30. It is possible that if we get a good response to this workshop we may be able to reduce the cost slightly. See Marlene to book your place as soon as possible!

Finally, don’t forget your mug on the 7th and I’ve got to remember my camera