Wednesday, 25 May 2022

June Speaker and Workshop

Our June Speaker is Gail Lawther.  Her talk is entitled Birds of a Feather.

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.

Her workshop is entitled Doodle Birds and Doodle Bugs and is on the 31st May 2022 at Ashby Village Hall.

Thursday, 12 May 2022

May Meeting

Indian Kantha embroidery was the topic for our May meeting with local guest textile artist Gill Greany.

Gill had collected many varied samples to show us and explain their origins and traditional patterns almost exclusively using straight stitches.

Some of us who had previously tried this technique were intrigued to see how fine and small the stitches were even on large areas of fabric.  Often two old saris were stitched back to back in an over-all pattern.  If contrasting colours were colours were used for each sari and thread the two sides of the finished piece could result in surprisingly different effects.

Many members then enjoyed a mini practical session in which they tried their hands at a chosen design using these tiny stitches which led at least to the beginning of some lovely pictures.

Fabrics brought by Julie Chapman were also a delight and temptation for many!

Kathy Francis

East Bengali Kantha

West Bengali Kantha

Bottom Left Gold Work Kantha

Old Saris joined together with overall patterns

Julie Chapman's fabrics

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

May Speaker


We look forward to welcoming Gill Greaney a local textile artist, who you may know as the lady with the yurt. After a short talk on kantha stitching, Gill will be running a mini workshop on Indian embroidery, which we hope you will join in with. Materials for the workshop will be provided for those who book beforehand (charged at £2) so please reserve your place. You will need the following sewing equipment - fabric marker, ruler, embroidery thread, scissors, needle if you wish to take part.

There will be a chance for you to replenish your stash as Julie Chapman will be here selling fat quarters and yardage of fabrics including batiks, all at reasonable prices.

Thursday, 21 April 2022

April Meeting

The speaker at our April meeting, Phillipa Naylor, acknowledged that one of the requisites of her visit was to entertain.  I think we all agreed that she certainly did that!  The format of the meeting was a Question and Answer session but it was so much more.

We learnt about the development, over lockdown, of her on-line classes which have become popular not only in this country but many countries around the world.  There were plenty of examples to see of quilts including miniatures but also original  clothing designs.

Those who know Phillipa's work and have been to her classes before will know how precise she is with preparations, instructions and her finishing.

She full answered not only prepared questions but also ones from individuals in the audience on a wide range of topics giving very specific details and lots of tips.

Miniature Quilts

Monday, 28 March 2022

April Speaker

The speaker in April is Philippa Naylor.  This will be our Quilters Question Time when Philippa will be answering sewing related questions put by some of our members.  We sent our questions over to Philippa recently so she has time to prepare for the event and are looking forward to an interesting evening.

Please bring any completed projects for the Flower Blocks and 6" squares that we plan to use at the Big Textile Show in the Autumn.

We are pleased to announce that Gill Greany a local textile artist, who you may know as the lady with the yurt, is our speaker for May.  Following a short talk she will be running a mini workshop on Indian Embroidery (Kantha), which we hope you will enjoy taking part in.

We also will have Julie Chapman with us in May selling fat quarters and yardage of fabrics including batiks, all at reasonable prices.

Thursday, 10 March 2022

March Meeting

 Our meeting on 2nd March was certainly a feast for the eyes.  

Contemporary quilt artist, Greta Fitchett, showed and explained her intricate designs on quilts and wall hangings inspired by her travels around the world.

Most were full of detail and as the title of her talk indicated "inspired by colour" and vibrant in colour.  Many were densely quilted.

Many places had inspired her from Japan to Cologne and Morocco to Hong Kong.  Reflections were also a particular interest.  Each quilt had a story and we learnt of her design and planning process often assisted by photographs she took herself.

Kathy Francis

Hong Kong Reflections


Inspired by the above town in Israel

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Speakers for later in the year

It has just been confirmed that our speaker in September will be Kate Finlay and she will also be running a workshop  Also Linda Chevell will be the speaker in October.

Gail Lawther's workshop will be on Tuesday 31st May as the Jubilee celebrations will be starting on the Thursday.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

March Speaker

Our speaker on the 2nd March 2022 is Greta Fitchett.  Please note that the meeting is in the afternoon 2 pm until 4pm.  Her talk is Inspired by Colour this shows how colour has inspired her work with design ideas from many sources.  These include a summer garden, fishing boats, the city of Barcelona, travels to North Africa and South American textiles.  There are some quilts, but also embroidered wall hangings and three dimension pieces.

Her textile history began with garment making skills, continued with creative embroidery, followed by patchwork and quilting. She teaches embroidery and quilt making to adults, writes for magazines, and has 2 books published.

She makes a small journal quilt every month to trial design, materials or techniques. She makes wall hangings using applique, piecing, mixed media and quilting skills, and smaller pieces in machine embroidery. Inspiration comes from modern and medieval architecture, patterns in tiles and textiles, and she uses bright colours.

Examples of her work.



Thursday, 17 February 2022

AGM Minutes 2022

Minutes of Cosby Quilters AGM

on Wednesday 2nd February 2022 at 2pm

Gina welcomed everyone to the meeting and said how good it was to see so many here today. She then proceeded to go through the relevant health and safety issues.

Apologies were received by Sue Kerridge, Chris Burton, Jean Waterfield, Alison Caputo and Theresa Kane

Jan read the minutes of the AGM of 12th of February 2021 [previously circulated and on the blog] which was held by zoom . There being no matters arising she asked that the minutes should be accepted as read and this was proposed by Helen Parker and seconded by Pam Morris.

Gina presented the Treasurers report [also issued in advance and on the blog] as follows;

There being very little financial activity due to Covid she explained her report would be brief.


The Accounts were presented in the usual format with the key items as follows;

Subscriptions were carried forward from 2020, so with income from raffle and sales this gives a total income for the year of £220.80.


Group insurance was carried forward so there was no charge for 2020. This was renewed in 2021 and we are covered now for the year to 30/06/22

Speaker costs shown are for one speaker only due to the restrictions imposed due to Covid. It is interesting to note that some speakers are moving on to online speaking which may impact on future bookings!

There were no costs for the Church Hall in 2021 as this was carried forward from the previous years payment. Costs for 2022 are expected to return to the usual level.

This year a total of £300 was donated to 2 charities for young people

Rainbows £250 and Zoe's place £50

The costs of refreshments this year is higher than usual as all outdated stocks were disposed of when meetings resumed and it was thought necessary to provide individually wrapped bars.

A bursary of £500 was set up using the legacy from Joan Smith and this sum is included in the accounts; £100 being allocated for two winners in 2021 [not yet spent] with the remaining £400 being awarded in the coming years.

The closing position is a reduction of £486 this year with total funds of £3105. Despite the disruptions of the past two years our financial position remains strong. This enables us to offer membership fees for 2022 as follows;

Renewal for existing members £15

New Members £25

Charges for visitors £5 for speaker meetings and £2 for non speaker meetings

As there were no matters arising Viv Denscombe proposed that the accounts be accepted and this was seconded by Jo Turner.

Nominations+ Election of new Committee Members

Ann Cope is stepping down this year and Vicky Cooper too. The committee and members would like to take this opportunity to thank both of them for their help during the past two years.

Pam Morris was proposed to serve as a new committee member by Pat Screaton and Seconded by Bronwen Leonard.

All other members of the committee have agreed to stay in their current posts for another year.

Gina thanked all those presently on the committee for their hard work during the past year and was pleased to report that they have all agreed to stand again in their present roles

Chairs Closing Remarks

Gina closed the AGM saying that this year, our 33rd year, we had once again been somewhat curtailed by Covid restrictions but that we managed well and adapted to

zoom for last years AGM and monthly meetings until we were able to meet up again in September. She said it had been heart warming to see members again and in particular some new faces and thanked them for their continued support.

Gina explained that the club were formatting a survey as to how to schedule meetings in future and will be asking members for their thoughts on the matter and how meetings and activities can be improved.

Pat is still working on the remainder of the year which will be advertised on the blog when complete.


As a final thought Gina went on to say that Cosby Quilters is about the members and the committee would like to thank you the members for their continued support and enthusiasm, for contributing to group activity and also sharing handiwork at the “Show and Tell .”

There being no other business Gina closed the meeting at 2.19pm. 

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

February Meeting

We held our AGM on the afternoon of Wednesday 2nd February 2022.  

 It was well attended and business went smoothly with reports on the past year, our finances and outline plans for the future.

It was followed by an excellent talk by local textile artist Sandra Jenkins and a much appreciated workshop she led on needle felted brooches.

After a lovely social afternoon everyone had at least the beginnings of an attractive unique brooch.

Examples of Sandra's felting projects.

Everyone enjoying the workshop

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Cosby Quilters Meeting on 2nd February 2022 - AGM


As the membership has already been informed, for this year, the committee has previously agreed that some meetings, particularly in the winter months would be in the afternoon.  So, the February and March meetings will be in the afternoon starting at 2pm.  From April to September the meetings will be in the evening.  The full programme for the year has not yet been agreed.  This is due to the current situation with Covid.  However, the first four meetings had been set up as follows:

2nd February 2-4pm - AGM - Sandra Jenkins mini workshop re felted brooch.

2nd March 2-4 pm – Greta Fitchett – Inspired by Colour

6th April 7.00 – 9.00 – Philippa Naylor – Quilters Question Time 

If you have any questions that you wish to ask Philippa, she would appreciate knowing the questions in advance.  Please let Gina know your questions well in advance of the meeting.

4th May 7.00 – 9.00 – TBA However,  Julie Chapman will be selling fat quarters and yardage including batiks all at reasonable prices.

We plan to hold a survey for members to give their opinions regarding future events so that everyone will have their say on the matter and help us decide the best way forward.

We look forward to seeing you on the 2nd February.


AGM Agenda can be found below and the two previous posts contain the Minutes from the 2021 AGM and Treasurer's Report and Accounts.

Cosby Quilters AGM

Agenda - 2nd February 2022, 2.00pm


1      Open Meeting - Chair

2      Health & Safety

3      Apologies for Absence

4      Secretary to read minutes of 2021 AGM - Issued in advance & available on the blog    

Matters Arising  -  Propose   -   Second  -  (Record Names and Surnames)

5      Treasurer’s Report  -  Issued in advance & available on the blog

Matters Arising  -  Propose   - Second  -  (Record Names and Surnames)

6      Nomination + Election of new Committee Members

7      Chair’s Closing Remarks

8      A O B

9      Close Meeting

Treasurer's Report and Accounts


Treasurer’s Report - 2021 Accounts

There has been very little financial activity again this year, for reasons which are all well aware of, consequently my report is brief.

The accounts are presented in the usual format, with Income & Expenditure at the top and the Balance sheet below.  The prior year results are shown for comparison purposes – although neither year has been “normal”.

The key items are as follows:


Subscriptions were carried forward from 2020, so nothing of note in this line, although it is pleasing that we have had so many visitors since we resumed our monthly meetings. Along with Raffle and Sales this makes up the total income of £220.80 for the year.


Group insurance was carried forward so there is no charge for 2020, we renewed this as shown in 2021 and are covered for the year to 30/06/22.

Speaker costs shown are for one speaker this time due to restrictions which delayed decisions in this area.  We have also noticed that over the last couple of years speakers are moving on line rather than face to face, which may impact future bookings.                    

There are no costs for using the Church Hall in 2021 as we carried forward the previous year’s payment.  Costs for 2022 are expected to return to the usual level.

This year a total of £300 was donated to 2 charities for young people: -

Rainbows received £250 along with Zoe’s Place who received £50.

The cost of refreshments is higher than usual, as all outdated stock was disposed of   when meetings resumed and we then provided individually wrapped snack items.

We set up a Bursary of £500 using a legacy from Joan Smith, and this sum is included in the accounts; £100 is allocated for the two winners of the 2021 bursary (but not yet spent), the remaining £400 will be awarded and spent in coming years.

The closing position is a reduction of £486 this year, with total funds of £3,105 held by the group.  Despite the disruptions of the last 2 years, our financial position remains strong. This enables us offer membership fees for 2022 as follows: -

Renewal for existing Members         £15 for the year

New Members joining                       £25 for the year

Charges for Visitors                          £5 for Speaker Meetings, £2 Non speaker Meetings

Minutes of the 2021 AGM


Minutes of Cosby Quilters AGM  on Wednesday  17th February 2021

Gina welcomed everyone to this our first AGM by zoom.  As requested by the Quilters Guild who we are insured with, she  proceeded to go through the  relevant health and safety issues.

Apologies were received from Sue Kerridge,  Janice Cook, Jean Waterfield and Shirley Smith.

Jan read the minutes of the AGM  of   the 5th  February 2020 that had been put on the blog. There being no matters arising  she  proposed that the minutes should be accepted as read and this was  proposed  by Vicky Cooper and seconded by Sue Wilson.

Treasurers Report

Gina referred to the fact that the accounts had been put on the blog and asked if anyone had any questions. There being none she  explained  that the group was  in a strong financial position with a balance of £3,591.00  at the end of 31.12. 20 with our spend for the year being only £646 and this included payment for the hall which had been carried  forward to 21/22 year as has the insurance.

Income for the year was £1,770 mostly from  members subscriptions  and a donation of £500  from  our late President Joan Smith. The subscriptions will also be carried forward to the  21/22 year

A  further contribution of £250 in memory of Joan Smith has been sent to “Rainbows”.

. As there were no matters arising, Jacquie Durber proposed that the accounts be accepted and this was  seconded by Brenda Garner.

Nominations for committee.

It was decided that as we have a full committee it was not necessary to ask for nominations this year. Gina thanked all the committee for their support during the last year, in particular Sue Skelton for her work on the blog, Jan and Sue for their involvement in coordinating the yarn bomb, Jo for the work she had undertaken with regard to the banner and Pat for  all her  work in booking, cancellation and rebooking of all speakers  during this uncertain year.  Viv also thanked Gina for all her enthusiasm and her support in keeping things going throughout the past year.

Chairmans Closing Remarks

Gina  remarked that this our 32nd year of Cosby Quilters, had promised great things with superb speakers and workshops  but that Covid had put paid to that. However with the vaccinations came the hope that we may be able to resume in the Autumn with our first speaker booked for September.

 Plans to date are

Yarn Bomb participation with our project being “Harry Potter.”

The Flower Banner being coordinated by Jo

The Blog. There have been various “show and tells “on the blog which Gina hopes will continue.


Joan Smith Bursary.

Joan was a founder member of Cosby Quilters and it was decided to use her £500 donation to enable members to expand their craft skills. To  this end members who wished to participate  would be included in a prize draw with the chance for two  members  each year  to win  a bursary of £50 which they would put towards a training course of their choice   with the proviso that they would come and tell the group about their experience .


Gina closed the meeting at 7.40pm thanking everyone for their continued support during what has been a most difficult year.