Saturday, 9 June 2012


Two of our faithful members were quick to get started.
Well, what a brilliant evening.
We had a great turn-out to our Practical Evening, and the sewing kits were in great demand.  Owls, reindeer, Christmas trees, stars  and the like, proved to be very popular.  So much so, we need to make up more kits for owls and Ho-ho-ho. We shall have some kits to sell at the next meeting for those who may have missed out, or want more.

Our trader was Sue from Sunflower Corner, who sadly is winding down her business.  However, it was to the advantage of the members, since all prices were greatly reduced, and each member was given a free pattern. HOW NICE WAS THAT!  So thank you Sue.

"Do I really need more fabric?"

The first newsletter was handed around, and this met with approval, and we hope to produce a newsletter every three months, or so.

A special mention….
All of our members are appreciated, some are local, but some travel a little further.  I would like to mention that some of our members regularly travel from Rugby to attend our meetings and workshops.  Thank you, that’s real enthusiasm.
It was good to welcome visitors and also a new member, and I have had feedback that they enjoyed their evening with us, and commented on how friendly Cosby Quilters are. But of course!
We were happy to show a sample of Viv Denscombe’s work entitled ‘Captured Memories’.  Her work is truly exquisite, and to remind you, the workshop is on Saturday 27 October.  There are just a few places available.  If you would like to see Viv’s work, look at her website , and below is the sample we viewed

Captured memories

I think you will agree that this is gorgeous and can be used as a momento for anything that is dear to your heart, new babies, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or any special occasion.
Viv has been a member of CQ for quite a long time, and works actively on our committee, she is always happy to help wherever needed.  So, let us support her workshop.

Refreshments are a very important part of sewing, so the girls were kept very busy

Since it was a practical evening we did not have our usual Show and Tell, but here is a beautiful bag made by Jacquie Durber.  No patterns for Jacquie, just look at a sample and do it, easy if you know how.  By the way, Jacquie is hiding behind the bag….

At the moment, there is an appeal based around the Mercy Ships Charity ( You can read about the work of this charity on their web site, but basically, the ships are taken to  areas of need, ( mostly Africa) where people  are in desperate of medical attention.  Adults and children will walk miles to where the ship is moored.  There they can receive the expert advice and help they need.  These numbers will of course include mothers with babies, and although they are offered cabins, they prefer to lie on the decks.

A Leicestershire based contact is now asking for quilting groups to help provide mini quilts for these babies, sizes can be 12” x 12”; 10” x 14”; 9” x 12”.  So small, that even the most inexperienced person can produce one of these very quickly.  They are also looking for lap quilts, size 24” x 36”.  The buzz phrase here is KEEP IT SIMPLE.  No need to hand sew binding if you prefer not to.

So, I would like to make an appeal to Cosby Quilters – and friends.  How many of these can we, as a group make?  Just a small amount of material, a small amount of time, and the gratitude of sick and deprived children and mothers.  It will also give them something to treasure.

A suggestion is that once the quilt is made, we should put on the name of the person who made it, and also the group which they belong to.  Cosby Quilters will provide a label with the name of our group on it, to add to the name of the person who made it.

Even if you feel unable to help with the sewing, can we ask you to look through your stash.  There must be something which you no longer need, and would be prepared to donate to this cause. Someone else will do the sewing.  Bring it along to the next meeting, or give us a call.  We are thinking of having a ‘Sew In’ day, where those who are interested can get together and we can sew our baby quilts, chat, drink coffee and eat biscuits - or maybe – we may have cake!!!!

SHOW AND TELL – Please can we have more contributions – bring along your work, and share with us, no matter how small – or big

KEEP IN TOUCH – Those of you who have email addresses, and have not handed them in to us, please email me with the your address, then we can keep in touch – my email is

NEXT MEETING – Wednesday 4 July – Speaker Claire Tinsley – Scraps to Accolades

One of our visitors mentioned that there is a sewing venue in Hinckley called the The Sewing Café, it is in Castle Street and is run by Becky and Fay.  They have a shop, sewing classes, and of course a café.  If you would like further information look at their website: or telephone 01455 698034
One of our members has mentioned a very good website: .  Apparently they are offering a free Country Crafts ‘Block of the Month’ pattern.  They come highly recommended.
Also, there is currently an offer from Seattle Quilts of Aberdeen who I have found very helpful.  Ten Fat Quarters for £10+p&p.   Tel: 01224 646074

Up and coming events:            Market Bosworth Festival – 16-30 June – look at their web site:
They are also displaying quilts in an exhibition.

I am hoping in the next few days, to write a profile on one of our members, who is known for doing ‘good works’

Please watch this space

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