April Speaker Mary Gamester

26 04 2016

Mary was an inspiring speaker and her talk about her life and the trip she made to India and the work that came from it was much enjoyed. The images below show city and guild work, fabric transfer paint, embroidery and some intricate tie dying.

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Group Quilt

26 04 2016

The photo below is our most recent group quilt, masterminded by Vee from our left over quilters candy and strips of fabric donated by members.  Just needs binding!


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Stuart Hillard Workshop

26 04 2016

Stuart was a hugely popular teacher and the ladies all enjoyed the workshop.  He is a skilled, enthusiastic teacher and we can’t wait to invite him back. You can see some of the quilts made below.  The pattern was called Gracie’s quilt.

results of Stuart Hillards workshop


March meeting with Edwina Mackinnon

3 04 2016

We had a brilliant evening with Edwina with a talk entitled Colour Stories.  She shared her ideas, her quilts and her stories with us for a couple of hours and we were spellbound. As we looked at quilts Edwina had made over the years we absorbed her love of colour and especially the regular use of circles in her work.  For her sushi quilts she had painted her own fabric with big black swirls and she often uses circles in her quilting designs. She used her Pomp and Circumstance quilt to explain how she designs and translates her ideas into quilts and wall hangings. I found it all fascinating. We were all inspired and took away snippets of ideas to use in our own work.

Our usual show and tell produced quite a few unfinished projects that had reached fruition!  You can see Jeanette’s felt embroidered book, Georgina’s black and white quilt, Bryony’s bags and my Amy Butler Frenchy bag.


February meeting with Sue Watters

9 03 2016

We enjoyed an evening listening to Sue talk about Civil War Quilts and enjoyed seeing her quilts and block samples.  Sue is a real enthusiast for the history of these quilts and it was a fascinating insight into life in past times.

We also enjoyed show and tell witha Linus Quilt, book covers and 2 lovely quilts all made by our members.IMG_5599IMG_5597IMG_5612IMG_5613IMG_5608


Angie Hughes Workshop – Inspired by Klimt

9 03 2016

Angie is a popular speaker with our group so there were many takers when she returned to do a second workshop ‘Inspired by Klimt’.  She showed us lots of ideas for using black velvet and foils with a range of glues and machine embroidery.  You can see some of the results below:IMG_5100IMG_5163IMG_5089IMG_5094IMG_5076IMG_5602IMG_5606IMG_5623

Quilting Challenges

4 01 2016


Some of us enjoy a challenge – we always have one for our exhibition (silver this year) as most groups do. The photo below shows the cover and one page of the amazing stitched book made by Sue H which won the challenge.  Georgina, our chair has promised the group one that she will set for us for 2016.  We wait with bated breath…

My personal one for 2015 was to complete a year of journal quilts with the Quilters Guild contemporary group.  The only specification was size (12 inches by 6 inches).  The quilts could be landscape or portrait; once chosen you had to stick with the same orientation for all twelve. I took David Hockney as a starting point and tried out a few new techniques like acrylic ink painting and different ways of making landscapes.  The requirement is only to upload photos at least every 4 months.  Some people upload each month but as usual I ended up just making the August (May, June, July and August quilts) and the December (September, October, November and December) deadlines with a few days to spare.  It has been fun to see what the other participants produce and best of all for me has been tying new techniques that I have really enjoyed.  The photo above shows my 12 journal quilts.  Now I am looking forward to 2016 and promising myself not to leave them to the last minute!