Tuesday, 13 November 2018

December Speaker

Our December speaker is Janet Wroe, the wardrobe mistress at the Concordia Theatre in Hinckley.  Her talk is entitled "You be the Judge".

Don't forget to bring food for the faith supper after the talk or any show and tell you may have completed.

The programme for next year is now available in pages and Pat will be taking bookings for the first workshop with Philippa Naylor see below.

The Finish Line. Unusual, creative and clever ways to complete your quilts.

Full day suitable for all levels.
Be inspired by a range of decorative edges to take your quilt, wall hanging or home furnishings from being good to being really special. We will make samples to discover how to create shaped and straight edge facings, how to make decorative rouleau loop trims and how to create a range of fancy prairie point details. In addition to this we will learn how to hang and support unusual shaped quilts with plastic boning reinforcements that are invisible from the front of the work. So much more interesting and inventive than the usual binding, this class will inspire you to make the most innovative design choices right up to the very last stitch!

November Meeting

At our November meeting we welcomed a local speaker:  Sandra Jenkins.

As a textile artist she presented a most comprehensive account of her sources, mostly from nature, for her designs.  Sandra explained them referring both to slides and actual samples.

While maybe not what many of the members of the audience had previously done themselves, Sandra captured their interest with her light hearted, easy manner.

She explained how she develops her designs from original images and drew parallels with the selection of colours, fabrics and designs for quilts.


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

November Speaker

Our speaker for November is Sandra Jenkins.  Her talk is entitled "Exploring Design Source for Embroidery".

This presentation traces some of the themes she has explored to develop ideas for textile work.
Drawing forms an important starting point and helps to shape ideas towards satisfying creative responses.

This is embellished handmade felt machine embroidery & printed paper.

Don't forget the Big Textile Show on the 27th and 28th of October.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

October Meeting

We went on a journey with Carolyn Gibbs at our October meeting.  She took us back to her early patchwork experiences when she did patchwork by hand, without papers, sewing all the seams by hand.

As she developed her interest and skills she did both hand and machine quilting.

She showed numerous examples of her use of half and quarter square triangles with special attention to pressing seams to avoid bulk and making quilting easier.

It was fascinating to see how rather "random looking blocks, when repeated and rotated, made very attractive and striking designs.

Kathy Francis

Examples of her quilts.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Speaker for October Meeting

Carolyn Gibbs has been developing and teaching her own patchwork and quilting designs for over twenty years from her base in Sheffield.  She specialises in traditional style patchwork and loves the variety of blocks available and the changed effect caused by a different choice of layout or fabric.

In her other life she teaches Chemistry and this mathematical and technical interest is perhaps why she love and geometry and precision of patchwork.

She enjoys teaching both beginners and those with experience.  She likes helping students to learn how to improve their techiques so that they get really good results and her patterns include information about her tips.

Carolyn with her quilt entitled "Thunderstorm"

On the Thursday she is holding a workshop entitled "Flutterbyes" see image in the post of 19th July 2018.  There are still spaces available.

September Meeting

What an evening's entertainment we had at our September meeting!

Our Speaker, Lynne Edwards, delivered her talk in such an easy-going and humorous way.

The first surprise was that she showed none of her own quilts.  All of her examples were made by talented quilters whose work she admired and usually purchased from them.

Each quilt came with its own story of how she came to own it, as well as an explanation of the often innovative techniques and development of designs.

Most of all she was able to explain what she admired in each one .

Lynne's love of colour, texture and expertise came up again and again and she obviously had great affection for her quilts.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Jacquie’s Worksop

Jacquie’s workshop is on the 29th September at Ashby
Magna.  See picture below.