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.


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


Tudor Temptations

 Jan Barnes brought to our October meeting some of her wonderful Tudor costumes and embroideries.  She gave us a very interesting history about how she became involved in this fascinating area and told us many anecdotes which included a tale about a vibrating codpiece.  Needless to say, this brought the house down!
But seriously, it was a most enjoyable evening seeing how Tudor costumes were constructed from the inside out and then to see the fabulous blackwork and embroideries made by using canvas “slips”.  The chance to examine her work soon had everybody down at the front tables to take up her offer.
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Thank you Jan for an excellent evening.

September round up

Our speaker for our next meeting (3rd October) will be Jan Barnes.  She
will be informing us all about Tudor Costume and Embroidery.

   An early reminder that at our November meeting our speaker will be 
Rebecca Ayton her talk is all about The art and history of Sashiko 

   I hope you will remember for the October meeting your Chairman’s 
Challenge name badge.  The last meeting saw some completely original designs
for badges so join in the fun. How wacky (individual) can you make your name
badge?    Don’t forget to bring your fat quarter for the charity tombola  (the
November meeting will also do for this.)

    We also have a Soup and Sew day (or knit and natter) on Saturday 9th 
November.  Do anything you like, just a day with good company. The day costs
£10  – lunch included.  Secure your place by seeing Marlene.

    I’m sure everyone at SPQ will join me in wishing Ann Armes a speedy 

    I have to apologise  for the lack of photos of our meetings, I bring my 
camera, then get engrossed in what is going on that when I get home I
realise my camera is still in my bag. If you see me NOT taking photos,
And finally remember to bring your mug for that all important cup of tea
or coffee. We do however require volunteers for tea duty at our next meeting
as the lady who kindly volunteered cannot now come.
Hope to see you all in October.