April meeting

Hope everyone has a warm Easter after the recent wintry weather…  Our next meeting is Thursday 4th April when our speaker will be Simon Cooke.  Lots of things going on, workshops to sign up for, newsletter to collect, and a welcome get together for all of us.  Remember to bring your mug for tea and coffee!

Soup & sewing

Our second Soup & Sewing Day was as well supported as the first – thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a success.  No practical demos this time around, just lots of stitching, knitting, chatting and sampling the soup and cheese lunch.  Many interesting things were being put together as you can see, including the Log Cabin blocks from Thursday night’s Log Cabin Fever –

chat and sew

production line

Challenge blocks

Dresden Plates

This was a great idea – make a test block and write vital information on it for reference when making the “real thing” –

the reference

the real thing

Log Cabin blocks

Log Cabin blocks later


hard at work

There’s a strong suspicion that this sort of day is sufficiently popular that the new committee will make plans to host another Soup Day before too long  …………

AGM report – and a touch of Log Cabin Fever

A good attendance for our AGM meeting, and probably the shortest/fastest AGM for many years.  All the paperwork and reports were available before the official meeting began so it was mostly a “rubber-stamping” exercise.  This year we have a complete change of committee – Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer – and the Chairman’s role is going to be shared for a one-year term of office.  The new committee were persuaded to stand still and have their picture taken –

SPQ committee 2013

Then, after the presentations to retiring committee and volunteers, it was time to clear the decks for a little Log Cabin Fever.  Our three traders (thank you to Angie’s Quilt shop, The Corner Patch and ZigZags) had a great view of the moving queue which snaked around most of the large hall.  First of all, queue to pick up the first two pieces then join the queue for a seat at one of six sewing machines, stitch the short seam, move off to the ironing board queue to press the seam, then smoothly on to the queue to collect the next strip, back to queueing for a sewing machine…………………and so on until a two-round Log Cabin block was complete.  Over-achievers who finished a first block were not allowed to sit down and chat, or shop, until the pile of pieces was exhausted.  More than 50 blocks were stacked up and a name drawn as the lucky (?) winner of the blocks.

waiting in line



next piece

Next week is committee hand-over time and there will be a lot going on behind the scenes.  A reminder that there is still time to enter a quilt for the Uttoxeter show (deadline 19th March) – and you can do it all online too.

Our next meeting is Thursday 4th April when our speaker will be Simon Cook.