Thursday, 14 June 2018

July Speaker

Our speaker on 4th July is Katharine Guerrier.  Her talk is entitled "Small and Miniature Quilts".

Katharine Guerrier has been making quilts and embroideries since 1980. She was trained at Camberwell School of Art in London and worked for some years as a teacher. Further courses in textiles followed, particularly the one year course in design and embroidery at Loughborough College of Art in 1983/4.

She has been a member of the Quilter's Guild and the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen. Katharine's work has been featured in various magazines both British and American, and in her books.  She has worked as an occasional consultant exhibition organiser for Forge Mill Needle Museum and for five years taught on the City and Guilds patchwork and quilting course at Hereford Art College.

Her work draws on the traditional motifs of pieced patchwork, developing them to give a contemporary feel as shown in her retrospective exhibition, "Adventures in Colour" (2014) at Rhoudda Valley Heritage Park. An interest in all the Decorative Arts provides the motivation to attempt to create textiles which are original and collectable. In April 2018 Katharine was honoured with a life membership of the Quilters' Guild for services to quilting.

On 5th July Katharine is doing a workshop entitled "Postcard Patchwork" for details see the post on 19 April 2018.  Contact details for booking workshops and venues can be found on the workshop page.  Further images for workshop.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

June Meeting

A beautiful evening on 6th June found everyone in good spirits for our visiting speaker Gail Lawther.  It was not her first visit to Cosby Quilters but her ideas were fresh and motivating.

In her easy going manner she explained her innovative designs and methods with numerous examples of beautiful quilts featuring cottage garden flower, bugs, butterflies and many different birds.  Vibrant colours played an important part in her designs and differing backgrounds were used to effect.

On the following day er bird silhouette and cottage garden workshop was fully subscribed.  Detailed instruction and support to make our work individual, made it a productive and enjoyable day.

Kathy Francis

The messy play day will be on the Saturday 28th July at Ashby Magna.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

June Speaker

Our Speaker for the June meeting is Gail Lawther. Her talk is entitled "A Trip Around the World.

She began working full-time in fabric and thread about 20 years ago and can't imagine a better way to earn her living. She designs and stitches quilts for books and patterns and also creates larger pieces on commission.
She travels all round the UK and further afield, giving talks about her quilts and teaching workshops and several times each year she does residential workshops in different places.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

May Meeting

Immediately after Judi Mendelsohn's talk "Not being a Championship Quilter" at our May Meeting, one of our members said "That was the best speaker I've heard!"  That sentiment was endorsed by other members.  Judi was a very entertaining speaker explaining her quilting journey.

Each quilt she showed us had its own story.  At the first Festival of Quilts Judi and a friend had entered a quilt worked by two people and after judging they were thrilled to be awarded first place.  Having 'phoned her friend with the news and celebrated with fellow stallholders the organisers informed her that a mistake had been made and they were not  winners!  - hence "Not being a Championship Quilter.  We could only guess at their feelings on that day and sympathise with them.

Details of some of Judi's quilts

Friday, 20 April 2018

May Speaker

Our speaker for the May meeting is Judi Mendelssohn.  Her talk is entitled "Not being a Championship Quilter.

Judi started patchwork in the 1980's, although she had sewn as a teenager at school.  She was an executive on the committee of the Quilters' Guild from 1991 to 1995.  She also owned a patchwork shop in South Wales called Joseph's Coat which she ran for several years and was assistant editor of (British) Patchwork and Quilting magazine.

Currently she teaches workshops around the country and runs Patchwork and Quilting Tours, taking groups of people on patchwork tours to various places and countries. 

Please take time to look at the workshops that we have available this year.  Images for the workshops for Katharine Guerrier, Lynne Edwards and Carolyn Gibbs can be found in the posts on the 19th April and Gail Lawther on the 24th February.  

Don't forget to bring your show and tell for the meeting and your scrap for the Leukaemia Research Shop in Lutterworth.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Lynne Edwards Workshop Images

Katharine Guerrier Workshop

Patchwork Postcards and Pinboard Quilts.

Learn to manage composition with shapes and colours on a miniature scale of 6½" x 4½" Piecing techniques include curved seams, strips and prairie points. Each 'postcard' is interlined with 'stitch 'n' tear', backed with handmade paper, then machine quilted ready to frame or mount onto a small canvas. A miniature 'Art Quilt'. They are also ideal for individual greetings cards. In a one day workshop you will have time to make several finished postcards to explore the principles of abstract shapes, line, form and colour. Another option is to make a 'Pinboard Quilt' a small quilt using similar techniques which is finished with wadding and quilted by machine. Lots of samples to inspire you on the day.

Additional Requirements.

  • sewing machine with the quarter inch foot if possible.
  • Fine pins. One or two sheet of A4 tracing paper.


  • About half a metre of Stitch ‘n’ Tear and Half a metre of Bondaweb.
  • Small pieces of fabric in bright colours in the marbled batiks, Moda marbles (or similar) or hand dyed. If you want to work with patterned fabrics, small scale prints are better as these will fit into the scale you will be working on. Choose fabrics with a fairly high thread count (In other words not loosely woven, the batiks are good for this) Quarters or smaller pieces will be sufficient: about 6 - 7 different colours minimum in a variety of values.
  • A sheet of hand made paper, available from Art shops, or I can supply pieces.
  • Machine quilting thread in variegated colours to go with your fabrics.
  • For the Pinboard Quilt you will need a piece of wadding about 15" Square and a square of backing fabric the same size.

  • Small bits of embroidery or interesting fabrics such those printed with motifs can be incorporated in these quilts, so if you have anything like this bring it along.