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.

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
Don’t forget your mug for tea or coffee and the trader this month is Angie’s quilt shop.