Sunday 24 March 2024

April Practical

The meeting in April is a practical session and we are meeting in the evening.  The project is embroidered felt circles.  You will need to bring with you your hand sewing kit and embroidery threads.  The felt will be available for you to select the colours you would like at the meeting.

The lilac one is the original project sample and took 1/2 an hour.

This was used as the basis for a book cover as shown below and shows the many different ways that you can attach your circles.

Wednesday 13 March 2024

March Meeting

Our March meeting, held on 6th March, was the last afternoon meeting until the Autumn.  It was a beautiful sunny  afternoon and our speaker, Moira Neal, was equally bright.

Her presentation was inspiring and the result of careful planning, it was a detailed explanation of the title "A View from my Kitchen Window and how it inspired a quilt".  The quirky quilt was displayed and the detail astonishing.

Moira's talk was accompanied by pictures she had taken, mainly during "lockdown", and how they developed and were used in the quilt.  The behaviour of creatures in her garden was fascinating.  Lots of practical tips and explanations of techniques were also explained.

Kathy Francis

Moira's Quilt

Moira had a case made with the quilt as decoration 

Moira's Sales Table

The Raffle Table with Moira's donation of a Cat Picture

Saturday 9 March 2024

Dates booked at Ashby Magna Village Hall


Just to let you know that we have booked some dates at Ashby Magna Village Hall

Traverse - Nearly White workshop 
on 25 May 2024  
Charge £30 for members, £35 non-members 

We also have 2 Sit & Sew Days -  Members can bring their own project to work on or spend some time on charity quilts  
30/03/24  and 15/06/24.
Charge £3 for all or part of the day

Thursday 29 February 2024

March Speaker

Our speaker for March is Moira Neal and her talk is entitled "A View from my Kitchen Table and how it inspired a quilt".

When her mother was no longer able to wear her pretty summer dresses, Moira used them to make a quilt. She added torchon lace made by her mother, a skilled lacemaker. Moira has a preference for appliqué and she usually machine quilts in her individual style using black threads, a technique she has taught in workshops. 

Moira Neal is a free machine artist and she loves to up cycle old cotton sheets to use in her work.  She enjoys dyeing, printing, stamping, marbling and appliqueing them to create her own unique cloth.  She no longer makes large bed quilts and now concentrates on making quirky work which she can use for her range of greetings cards. 

Tuesday 6 February 2024


 Please note that there have been changes to the Speakers for 2024.

Friday 26 January 2024

February Meeting


The February meeting will start with the Annual General Meeting.  

All the documents for the AGM are available in the pages section of the blog.  On a computer the pages show at the top right-hand corner of the blog.  On a phone click on the home key and a list of pages will appear.

We are aware that some members are unable to attend an afternoon meeting, if you do have any questions or comments on the AGM business, then we'd like to hear from you - please email so your thoughts can be included in the AGM.

The subscription for this year remains at £30 with visitors still paying £5.   As our insurance requires that visitors can only attend up to 2 meetings a year before joining as members.  It was agreed to highlight this to attendees at the AGM ie visitors are required to join (ie pay the balance of membership subscription after attending two meetings), if they wish to come to future meetings. 

Workshops will be charged at £30 for members, and £35 for non-members. However, more expensive speakers and those providing materials will be £35 for members, £40 for non-members. The Committee have also agreed that we will require full payment up front for future workshops. Due to the high costs involved it’s sensible to ensure they are viable before we go ahead with the booking, which I hope you will understand.

After the AGM we are taking a closer look at the completed travelling books & Jeannie from Quilteeze is the trader.

 We look forward to seeing you all.

Gina Cooke