Our next meeting is on April 7th when the speaker will be Amanda Hall from Monkey Buttons. Entitled It’s the Colours, Amanda’s talk discusses the development and design of Monkey Button patterns. Our Trader of the Month is Angie’s.

Meetings start at 7.15 and the door is open at about 6.45 to enable you to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit, with a chat and a bit of retail therapy beforehand. Entry is £4 and there is no membership – just turn up.

March meeting

At the AGM on 3rd March Margaret Palmer was elected as Chairman. Kate and Alex agreed to serve a further year as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. We will be needing new people for these posts next year – could it be you?

A Show and Tell of quilts that meant something – brought back memories of classes or friends or family – was followed by the raffle draw with plenty of prizes.

All our regular traders – Angies, The Corner Patch and Zig Zags – brought their shops and did a brisk business. We also had various demonstrations of different techniques happening around the room.

The formal hand-over of the administration will take place just before our next meeting which is on April 7th.

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

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

Quilt and stitch village at Uttoxeter

Don’t forget the quilt show this week at Uttoxeter race course. It looks like its going to be even bigger than last year. The cairo tent makers will be there along with many other demonstrators, traders and of course the quilt exhibits. We look forward to seeing you there ( the spq stand this year is upstairs)

May meeting

Just a quick reminder to you all that the May meeting is at Christ Church Centre in Stone. The speaker is Edwina Mackinnon. Her work incorporates many different textile techniques including hand and machine embroidery and patchwork and quilting. For more information on Edwina please look at her website at http://www.edwinamac.blogspot.com
Don’t forget your mug for tea or coffee and the trader this month is Angie’s quilt shop.