Pauline Barnes workshop “Twin needle magic”

Horrible weather but as we were nice and warm indoors it didn’t matter quite so much.  This was our “tester” workshop to see whether the hall worked for both our monthly meetings and smaller practical events – and we think it did.  There was plenty of room for everyone, room to move around and a separate space for lunch and chat.  Our Chairman was promoted beyond her abilities for the day to the lofty position of Catering Manager so this was her view of proceedings

Pauline led everyone through a series of exercises and experiments using the twin-needle set up of the workshop title.  Different machine feet, different threads, feed dogs up, feed dogs down, different fabrics – it was all fascinating and there were many “oohs” and “aaahs” and “oh wow”s during the hands-on  periods.

A big Thank You to Pauline for giving us such a great workshop – we all learned a lot and had fun too.

You’ll find details of our next workshop “Soup, Sew and Sixties” on our Workshop page.


Our June meeting

A good attendance, despite the grey skies and constant heavy rain, to hear Angie Hughes talk about her work and development as a textile artist. Fascinating stuff – we hung on her every word and were greatly entertained by her anecdotes and experiences.

We’re going to try very hard to include a workshop with Angie in our 2013 programme – Programme Secretary Irene is working feverishly behind the scenes to make this happen! And, unrelated to this, our Chairman has put out a request for a treadle sewing machine … there may be some dastardly plan afoot!

So, a good time was had by all – we had the support of Angie’s Quilts for our trader, good show and tell, a Newsletter with the Block of the Month, plus tea & coffee. Sally Ablett will be the speaker at our July meeting – hope to see you there!


Before our next meeting on Thursday 7 June (speaker Angie Hughes) we have the national and local Jubilee celebrations.  Our contribution to the wave of red, white and blue is based on a block from our Newsletter Block of the Month programme.

   In no time at all, you could have a quilt that looks like this

Or you could collect more blocks from our Newsletter (available at our meetings) and design your own Jubilee quilt…