Tuesday, 10 October 2017

CLAIRE PASSMORE - Workshop on 23rd October.

We are more than pleased to welcome Claire Passmore back to Hardy Quilters for another of her wonderful workshops.

This will be a surface design techniques full day workshop 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. (with a break for Lunch).  The cost will be Members £15 and Non-Members £25.


Claire will be bringing kits with her at a cost of £6.

Apron.  Small washing up bowl.   Newspaper.  Carrier Bag.  Loo roll.  Rags to clean.  Baby wipes.  Kitchen sponges.  Plain white cotton/polycotton fabric.

4 colours of artist acrylic paint, not little tubes.  Freezer paper.  Masking tape.  Craft knife and spare blades.  Small scissors  Biro and Sharpie type black pens.  Drawing paper. 5B or 6B and 2H or 3H pencils.

Glue Stick.  Old hand towel.  Cutting mat.  Jam jar with lid.  

Many of these things can be shared with friends.  The Works or Range sell cheap acrylic paint.
See Claire's website for more details.

This promises to be an exciting experimental day with one of our favourite Textile Artist/Quilter.

Monday, 3 July 2017


Theses are pictures of part of the Exhibition that was set up in memory of Del Whitfield one of our founder members who sadly passed away quite recently.  This is only a fraction of her work.  Many of us had no idea of the extent of her many and varied creations.    She just quietly got on with what she wanted to do without a lot of fuss.  She was very active within the Group and was always off taking part in various workshops.  We miss her very much.

The following pictures are of work by other members of the Hardy Quilters.

Dear Jane quilts made by Sheila Lloyd, Jenny Greenwood and Sue Warwick.

Judie Rothermel Quilt made by Lizzie Drake and long arm quilted by Frances Taylor

Top - Chantal David at Kathryn Chambers workshop
Bottom - Fish by Lizzie Drake at Claire Passmore workshop.  These were workshops held by Hardy Quilters at Osmington Village Hall.

Ann Jones

Guess the name of the Pub challenge

There are more pictures to follow and I will update the credits on this posting.

On behalf of the Committee I would like to express thanks to all those members that volunteered to help during what was two busy days.  We would not have managed without you, and your help was very much appreciated.  So very often it is left to the same people to take the load of all the work and this is just not fair.  Everything is done for the good of the Hardy Quilters and its members therefore it would be very gratifying if more people volunteered to help at times if only to make tea and coffee which is all provided and just amounts to boiling a kettle.

Our next meeting is on Monday September 25th and is the Annual General Meeting, usual time 10 a.m.    After the business there will be a mini workshop led by Ann Jones.

Sunday, 25 June 2017


It has been a long time since the last Blog post due to all kinds of unforeseen circumstances but we are back now.
We are staging our Biannual Open Day and Exhibition this weekend and today we had lots of lovely visitors to see all the lovely exhibits and eat some delicious home cooked cakes.
I will post photographs soon.

Monday, 19 September 2016

AGM Report.

The AGM  was poorly attended this year which was disappointing as this was the 25th Anniversary of the Group and to mark the occasion Ann Jones had made a special cake for us all to enjoy.  Photographs were taken of founder members that were present cutting the cake and this will be sent to the local paper.
After all the usual business we had a display of small quilts from the Quilters Guild Contemporary Group Suitcase Collection.  The title of the challenge was 'All in a Days Work' and when opened the suitcase revealed many little treasures.

These suitcase collections that are available to hire from the Quilters Guild are a great talking point and the work is very diverse.

Our new programme has been arranged and I have added it to the Diary.  Maureen has worked very hard to get a an interesting programme together and we hope that members and visitors will be interested and pleased with the workshops and talks on offer.

Our next meeting is on October 17th when we are very pleased to welcome Textile Artist Elizabeth Sayers.  Elizabeth will be talking about her work with 'The Landscape in Textiles'.  Some of you may already know of Elizabeth and her work as she exhibits during Dorset Arts Weeks at Othona Community.  Her work is stunning and it will be very interesting to get an insight into how she goes about creating it.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  :  Monday 19th September 2016.

Our next meeting is for our Annual General Meeting on Monday 19th September at Osmington Village Hall.  10 a.m.  Coffee and Biscuits followed by Meeting. 

At the conclusion of the meeting there will be a display of Quilts made by the Contemporary Quilt Group of the Quilters Guild.

All welcome - present members, visitors and prospective members.  Membership fee for 2016/17 is £25.00. 

Thursday, 2 June 2016


Our next meeting is on Monday 20th June at our usual time and place.  This meeting will be an all day workshop with KATE DOWTY. The workshop called 'PEBBLES' will be to create an original wallhanging in three sections in a colour range of your choice.


Choose colours that blend well together such as a range of blues or greens or reds etc.
Neutral colours will also work.  Then select your fabrics from within that colour range.
Plain fabrics, especially hand dyes, work best but minimally patterned fabrics (such as Moda Marbles) can be included as well.

You will need:

1.   Around 1/3 metre of plain coloured fabric
2.   Around 1/3 metre of a shiny fabric such as metallic or lame or similar
3.    Around 1/3 metre of a matt finish fabric, such as cotton velvet or linen
4.   Around 1/3 metre of netin gold, silver, bronze or, alternatively, a sheer fabric
5.   Lots of smaller pieces of cotton in colours to blend with your colour theme, with a mix of lighter and and darker shades.
6 . If you have fabrics in your stash that you are unsure about, bring them along anyway.  They might be perfect!

In addition you will need:

7.   General sewing kit, safety pins etc.
8.   Sewing machine, including free machining foot:
9.   Rotary cutter and cutting mat.
10. A selection of fabrics in a coordinating colour range, see above.
11.  Bondaweb
12.  Backing fabric and wadding, approx. 1 metre of each
13.  Beads to match the metallic fabrics used
14.  Yarns for couching, variegated if possible
15.  Shiny beads for embellishment

This will be an inspirational workshop .  If you are interested please contact us as soon as possible.

Monday, 14 March 2016

NEXT MEETING - Monday 21st March.

This meeting will be dedicated to 'Fidget' quilts.  Bev Flawith and a friend are coming from Christchurch to inspire us with their stories of the Fidget quilts that they make and we hope that this will get our Session underway and be really productive. 

Fidget quilts are made by adding tactile materials such zips, buttons, beads, plastic, and anything with a pleasant texture.  The quilts are then donated for use by Alzhiemer patients and the like.

We hope that as many of you as possible can come to help with this project.  Please bring anything that you have that can be used by yourself and also items suitable for donation to Bev for the scheme.
Plus your usual sewing kit, fabrics and sewing machine.

I am sure you will all agree that this is a very worthwhile project and be willing to help us make this a really productive and enjoyable day.