We are a group of over 300 quilters from East Kent. We meet six times a year at the Simon Langton Boys’ School, Canterbury.
At the first meeting of the year we enjoy a “Corners” meeting, where eight tutors give mini-workshops four times during the meeting. Members can select four of these to attend, moving on once a bell has rung after 20 minutes. Lots can be learned in a very short period of time!
The format of the following four meetings is a talk from a well-known textile artist. Many of our speakers are internationally famous. Talks are followed by refreshments, a raffle and then a “Show and Tell”. The September meeting is our “Open Day”, when we have a talk in the morning and another in the afternoon. The last meeting of the year is our AGM at which the challenge for the year is voted on.
At every meeting there are several invited traders. Oast Quilters also host workshops, usually on the Sunday following an Oast meeting, but also on a date in the month in between the meetings. The tutors for these are experienced members of Oast Quilters. Most of us also belong to small local groups which meet more regularly. News and views are shared through our Newsletter, Oast Post, which is published at each meeting.
We hold an exhibition of our work once every three years, “Oast Showcase”. This is a very popular exhibition and draws enthusiasts from miles away – including from France and the Low Countries (aided by our close proximity to the coast!). Funds raised at the Showcase are split amongst a variety of charities chosen by the members.
Members range from people who have been stitchers all their lives to those who have only “caught the bug” in the last few months. If we have a vacancy we are always delighted to welcome and support newcomers to our craft. The age range is from about 6 years of age to infinity! We have a lively and well-supported group of “Young Oast Quilters”.
Patchwork and quilting is alive and well in Kent!
Objectives of Oast Quilters
- To arrange meetings and workshops to assist persons with an interest in patchwork and quilting in East Kent.
- To exchange ideas and be educated in the different methods of the craft.
- To raise money to support charitable organisations as decided by the Association from time to time.
- To raise money by such activities as the Committee of the Association shall decide and otherwise to receive money donated or otherwise acquired always for the use and benefit of the Association to support the above objects.