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.

Friday, 15 January 2016


Happy New Year to everyone and my apologies for not posting for the last couple of months.  I have been recovering from a small operation and lacked the get up and go to get on with it.

Here are pictures of our Christmas challenge:

Our first meeting of the New Year is on Monday 18th January.  This will be a 'sit and sew' day when members can bring their own things to get on with or take part in a in house workshop.  This will be a workshop on making a Thread Catcher.  The requirements list is as follows:

1 Fat Quarter
1 4" wood embroidery hoop (inside ring only)
Light weight cardboard (big enough for (2) 4" circles)
Lightweight wadding for (1) 4" circle
Matching Thread.

Sewing Machine
Usual sewing kit
Cutting board and pencil.

Hope to see you there.