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.

Val

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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

Val

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.

Val

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

stitch

press

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.

Soup & Sewing Day – soon!

A timely reminder of our Soup & Sewing Day on Saturday 9th March – bring your own project to work on, help out with some stitching for Project Linus, generally have a good time.  A lunch of home-made veggie soup, bread and selected cheeses is included in the price, together with the usual refreshments of tea, coffee, biscuits etc.  Book your place at our AGM meeting which is Thursday 7th March.

Annual General Meeting tonight 1st March 2012

Tonight is the AGM for the Staffordshire Patchworkers and Quilters.

There will be a brief run through the year’s activities by your committee followed by a “First and Worst” Show and Tell session. Why not bring your first and your worst quilts along and share with us? Hmmmmm – I have so many to choose from! 🙂

We are also seeking nominations for the posts of Treasurer and Secretary for the committee.
Do you have a few hours per month that you could spare to serve local quilters in Staffordshire? These roles are vital to keeping our group going and any support you can offer would be greatly appreciated by all.

Don’t forget that all your favourite local quilt shops will be there too so an excellent opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy!

See you tonight!

Alison x