Monday, 22 May 2017

June Speaker

On the 7th June our speaker will be Carolyn Forster.  Her talk is entitled "How I got here today"

Over the years her work has been featured in various British and International quilting magazines. Her quilts have appeared on the television; both here and in the US, and she has contributed to books published by New Holland and The Patchwork Place. Since self-publishing her first book, Quilting-on-the-Go, she has written books for Landauer Publishing in the US, and Search Press in the UK. She teaches widely both here and abroad. She lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent with her husband Craig and their son, who is not short of quilts on a chilly winter’s night!

Carolyn will be taking a workshop on the 8th June entitled
Utility and Big Stitch Quilting
Tired of fine hand quilting but not comfortable with machine quilting? Then you are ready to try Big Stitch Quilting and its variations. These are quick ways to quilt your tops by hand using such stitches as Crows foot and Mennonite Tacks along with buttoning and tying.
On a pre-made top (pattern supplied) you will stitch all the different stitches and try your hand at Amish wave or elbow quilting. We will also look at how women in years past quilted quilts quickly with utility type quilting designs. Hand work.

Please contact Pat Screaton if you wish to come on the workshop.  Details on the workshop page.

Friday, 12 May 2017

May Meeting

Wednesday 3rd May brought our annual "practical" evening.  It provided an opportunity for a small hand-stitched project, making name badges/brooches while chatting with friends.

Alongside our regular raffle, "show and tell" and charity sales table it proved to be a very pleasant and relaxing evening.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.

A selection of the finished brooches

Monday, 10 April 2017

April Meeting

At our April meeting we welcomed back (for the 4th time!) the dynamic Philippa Naylor.  With her usual energy and enthusiasm she presented slides and quilts to illustrate her talk entitled "The Book, the Quilt, the Scarf.

She told us of her life with her family in Yorkshire involving not only design, quilting and teaching but also her love for flower and food gardening, at home and on her allotment.  She loves cooking and is knowledgeable on healthy eating.

All of these pursuits reflected her boundless energy in creating items for all sorts of occasions, eating wholesome food alongside her exquisite piecing and quilting projects.  In addition she has written a book, travels to teach and produces intricate competition items.


Philippa with her quilt and the book

Jean Waterfield's beautiful charity bears

Monday, 20 March 2017

5th April 2017 - Philippa Naylor

Phillippa Naylor talk is entitled "The Book, the Quilt, the Scarf.  Philippa has won many awards for her quilts in the UK and America and has written several books.

Philippa with her family

She will be doing a workshop on the Thursday entitled "Precision Piecing".

A practical workshop to help you achieve prize winning accuracy.  Masses of techniques, information and advice on every stage of the piecing process.  Fabric selection, using the correct rotary cutting methods, sewing accurate seems, matching points and pressing are examined in details with extensive demonstrations.  Make a perfectly sized 'no points lost' block.  Learn about borders and how to produce really neat corners.  Add double borders to your block choosing either mitred or square cut corners for a perfect finish.  Suitable for beginners and experienced quilters.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Big Textile Challenge

We thought it would be fun this year for members of Cosby Q’s to take part in a display of our work at the Big Textile Show. The theme is ‘Sweeties’ and we would like members to make a 12” square (finished) piece of work – any media e.g. quilt, stitch, knit, paint etc. depicting any type of sweet AND a 3D ‘Sweet’.
If you’re stuck for an idea, or, fancy coming along to join in a ‘making day’ come along to the ‘Messy Playday’ on Sat May 27th at Ashby (it doesn’t have to be messy!). Just think of all those delicious sweeties – humbugs, liquorice allsorts, jelly babies …. all in fabric/stitch/thread etc.!!

Monday, 6 March 2017

March Meeting

What an eye catching display of batik fabrics were brought to our March meeting by Roxane of Hannah's Room!

Roxane explained the evolution of her present shop in Ibstock:  originating in South Yorkshire via Coalville and her sourcing of responsibly produced, good quality batik fabrics.

Her enthusiasm was infectious and generated an interesting variety of questions from the audience.  Visits to her website and shop are recommended.

Hannah's Room, High Street, Ibstock.

Friday, 10 February 2017

February Meeting

A belated Happy New Year!  Our first meeting of 2017 was our AGM on 1st February.  The 2015/16 minutes and the chairman's report on 2016 reminded us of the variety of speakers and topics we have enjoyed.  There were two committee changes for the coming year:  Jacquie Durber stood down as chairman and also Elaine Capewell.  We thanks them both for all their hard work.  Fortunately Gina Cooke has agreed to take over as chairman.  Our treasurer reported quite a healthy financial situation but there will be a slight increase in the annual subscription and workshop costs in line with the rising costs of speakers/travelling expenses.

The "business part" of the meeting was followed by a most inspiring "suitcase collection" of small quilts from the Quilters Guild Traditional Quilt Group.  It gave a fascinating glimpse of different interpretations of "Traditions".  They illustrated so many designs and techniques coupled with skilled workmanship which was enjoyed by both new and established quilters.

Examples of the quilts in the suitcase collection

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Change of Speaker

We have had to change our March meeting when we were having Lynn Edwards, who has had some devastating news yesterday, her son Tom aged 41 suffered heart failure and died while touring Canada with his band.
Lynn understandably feels unable to commit to anything for the next few months and has given us plenty of notice.   We have managed to get Roxana from Hannah’s Room  she is coming to give us a talk  on how she and her mother started, she will also bring some of her lovely batik material for sale.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

February 2017

On Wednesday 1st February it is our AGM, which will be followed by a collection of small quilts from the Traditional Quilt Group of the Quilters Guild.  This new suitcase collection is entitled Celebrating Traditions.

Visitors are most welcome and free for your first meeting and you do not have to be a Quilter to come.  We meet at the Cosby Community Church, Croft Road at 7.30 pm doors open 6.45.

The speakers and workshop pages have been updated for 2017.

We have  a workshop on Wednesday the 1st of March taken by Lynne Edwards. The workshop is entitled "Roll back the Corners"


Create this starry block using an origami-type technique, where folded pieces of fabric are layered on a background and the folded bias edges rolled back and stitched into a gentle curve, either by hand or by machine.  The technique can also be used to enrich regular patchwork blocks in a quilt or to create curves and soften the straight outlines of pieced designs.  Several extra designs will be offered, including two nine patch blocks that can be combined in a quilt design, ideas for borders  and curved-edge birds and cats. 

Then on 6th April we will have workshop with Philippa Naylor entitled "Precision Piecing".  A practical workshop to help you achieve prize winning accuracy. Masses of techniques, information and advice on every stage of the piecing process. Fabric selection, using the correct rotary cutting methods, sewing accurate seams, matching points and pressing are examined in detail with extensive demonstrations. Make a perfectly sized, ‘no points lost’ block. Learn about borders and how to produce really neat corners. Add double borders to your block choosing either mitred or square cut corners for a perfect finish!

If you would like to attend either of these workshops please contact Pat Screaton.  Further details about workshops and contact details for Pat are on the workshop page.