Monday, 26 October 2015


Today we had our workshop with Ingrid Ellis entitled 'Getting to Know your Sewing Machine'.  This was certainly true in my case as I have recently purchased a new to me Bernina 380. I was keen to have this machine as it has lots of extra stitches stored for decorative stitching and this workshop was the ideal time to practise.

Ingrid brought along samples of her lovely work and explained the processes and soon we were on our way to creating our own little works of Art.





Liz (who drove all the way from Taunton)



and yours truly.
A day of intensive stitching punctuated with cups of tea and coffee and cake.
Thoroughly enjoyable.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


The October meeting will be on Monday 26th October a week later than usual.  Ingrid Ellis will be coming to give us a workshop entitled 'Know your Sewing Machine'.  

The requirements list is as follows:
Sewing machine, extension lead, spare bobbins, spare needles, manual.  If your box of feet includes an embroidery foot and/or couching foot, this will be very helpful.

Usual sewing kit (scissors, large and small, embroidery needles, etc)

Fabric marker (blue water erasable is good, but fine chalk will be ok)

Cotton top fabric to your taste (pattern should not be too loud but more wishy-washy - batik fabric is good
Cotton backing fabric (will not be seen)
Second cotton backing fabric (will be seen at the back)
Wadding - should be low loft
All fabrics should be A4 size plus 4cm all round as margin

Bring a sandwich of top, wadding and backing fabric with you to practise stitches on.

For embellishments:-
Cords (thickness of shoe-laces)
narrow ribbon
rat-tail cord
beads (not too large)
all either toning or contrasting with your top fabric

Machine sewing threads to tone and contrast with your top fabric as well as metallics if you have them

Hand embroidery threads as above (stranded or perle)

It will help you if you know the effects of the different stitches your machine can do.  If you have a sample of them, bring the sample.

*Tutor will bring an assortment of embroidery threads.

Please bring a packed Lunch.  Tea and Coffee will be available.

Cost:  £10 members   :  non-members £15.

Monday, 22 June 2015



The Exhibition was a great success and we had plenty of happy and interested visitors which made all the hard work worthwhile.

Here are a few of the photographs. 

I will post some more tomorrow.

Thursday, 11 June 2015


Our 2015 EXHIBITION AND OPEN DAY is being held on MONDAY 15TH JUNE  from 10.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. at our usual meeting place OSMINGTON VILLAGE HALL,  Shortlake Lane, Osmington, nr. Weymouth DT3 6EX.  Entrance is £2.50 which includes Refreshments.

We have quite a few new members who will be showing their work at Hardy Quilters Exhibition for the first time so we are all looking forward to this event.

We have the added attraction of the 'Chinese Whispers' challenge that was set for those members who wished to be part and there were so many that in the end we had three groups of five quilters racking their brains and sewing like beavers to complete their entry by the deadline dates. The results are all very interesting and this is going to make a great display on its own.

There will be demonstrations, a Bring and Buy table and Tombola.  We have a patchwork and quilting supplies trader coming for the day - Seahorse Quilting from Poole.

Last but not least will be the array of wonderful refreshments that have been baked and prepared by our members.  Always an important part of the day - tea and cake!!!!

This is an important day for the Hardy Quilters and everyone has been working hard in anticipation of a good day.  We hope to see lots of you!!!

PS.  We are setting up the Exhibition on Sunday evening so anyone who has already promised quilts for the Exhibition can bring them to Osmington Village Hall from 6 p.m.

Thank you.

Sunday, 8 February 2015


Hello again.

Last months' meeting was well attended and lively.  Lots of busy hands catching up with projects put to one side for the Christmas celebrations.  We were delighted to welcome a new Member to our ranks.  A great start to the New Year.

This month we welcome Birgitta Debenham as our Speaker.  Her talk 'Boxes of Delight.  Post from Japan' will be I am sure very interesting.  Birgitta will also be bringing with her examples of her 'Post'.  Some of you may already be familiar with Birgitta and her work from the Open Studios and Arts Weeks events when she has an Exhibition in their lovely family Church at Turnerspuddle. 

The meeting is on Monday 16th February from 10 a.m. until 12.30 p.m.  As usual free for Members but there will be a small entrance fee for visitors.

And now jumping forward a month to March I am going to publish here the requirements list for the Jan Tillett workshop on 23rd March.  Jan will be for us for the whole day giving a short talk in the morning followed by the Workshop in the afternoon.  The workshop will be 'Shimmering Leaves'.

"Use Angelina fibres, free motion embroidery and shiny fabrics to create a shimmering wallhanging.  The colours can be themed for a seasonal hanging of your choice.

The following materials and equipment will be needed for the workshop.

  • Domestic sewing machine - bring all tools, feet and instruction book
  • Darning foot/free motion embroidery foot for sewing machine
  • A variety of sewing machine needles
  • Sewing kit - scissors (fabric and paper), pins, tailors chalk etc.c
  • Wooden kebab stick
  • 1/2 metre of  Calico
  • 30cm square of felt*
  • A variety of organzas in your chosen colours
  • 1/2 metre of stitch and tear
  • Machine embroidery threads - rayon and metallic*
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • 30cm square of black or white Mistyfuse*
  • Angelina fibres*
  • Baking parchment and kitchen roll
  • Bits and pieces of shiny fabric, ribbon, net, lace etc.
  • Wooden (leaf) printing blocks if you have them
  • Fabric crayons.  "
Jan will be bringing wooden blocks and fabric crayons that can be used at the workshop.
Items marked with an asterisk will be available to purchase on the day.

There will be a short break for Lunch at about 1 p.m.  Please bring your own packed Lunch.  Tea and Coffee will be available from the Kitchen.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015


Lets hope 2015 will be a truly inspirational year for all of us.
January's monthly meeting will be a 'Sit and Sew' day.  This gives us all the opportunity to catch up with some work after the Festive season.  Now where did I put all my unfinished work in the great Christmas tidy up !!!!!!
These sit and sew days are ideal for finishing off UFO's and bringing along anything that you need help with or need a second opinion about.  Usual time, usual place, see you there on Monday 19th January.