Welcome to the Oast Quilters Website

Oast Quilters of East Kent

Patchwork and Quilting is alive and well in Kent!

Normally we meet six times a year at the Simon Langton Boys’ School, Canterbury.

Next Meeting: to be notified, when these current and unusual times end.

STOP PRESS: updates: 14/11/20

Oast Challenge Entries –

Please vote for your choice before 25/11/20

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November 21: Liz has a special free Zoom workshop to make lovely Father Christmas ornaments (to hang on a tree or sit on a bottle).

There will be 3 sessions for you to choose from: 10am, 12 noon or 3pm.

Please email Liz to secure your place & for the requirements list. See Oast Facebook for photos.

Please email Lynne – oastsecretary@gmail.com 

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  • Starting at 10:00 – for a coffee and a chat about our planned sewing.
  • Ending with a catch up at 16:00 – more tea, cake, chat & of course – show and tell session. 

 November 28: 10 AM ~ 11AM

Judi Kirk – Zoom Presentation: 25 years of Tips, Tricks and Techniques

Last opportunity to enrol is noon November 27  

Please drop an email to lyminge.liz@live.co.uk if you wish to join this informative presentation 

2 PM:  The AGM Zoom meeting

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* Our Showcase  has been planned for  has been reluctantly And sadly postponed until next year.
* July Oast meeting  and workshop has also been cancelled but plans for UFO days are being considered for September- depending on the improvement of the current situation.

* Membership fees: the committee has agreed a one-off  50% reduction of fees for the current membership, (£10.00) for 2021 as Oast has needed to cancel half of all planned meetings.

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Come and join us  and see new ideas and/or revise your techniques, when we are back.  We’d love to see the Oast members. Visitors are very welcome.

Oast Quilters was founded in 1986 by Marion Collins, who galvanised a small number of like-minded stitchers to hold an inaugural exhibition in the Chapter House at Canterbury Cathedral.  Marion’s house group, Chaucer Quilters had been running for only two years and so the numbers of available quilts were limited so lots of other items were borrowed.  The eclectic collection included several quilts from the American Museum in Bath, one of the Archbishop’s copes, a quilt made by the Sioux Indians, the Sissinghurst Quilt (made from soldiers’ uniform fabric) and the National Trust White Cliffs Bedspread. Marion had friends in high places – so numerous items, including her daughter’s wedding dress, were also lent by the redoubtable Amy Emms!

 

The exhibition was well advertised and masses visited so subsequently there was a huge local interest in quilting.  At a special, well-attended meeting Chaucer members placed the attendees into loose groups – and advised them how to set up a quilting group under the umbrella of Oast Quilters

 

There are now around 300 members of Oast Quilters and many are also members of at least one of 35 local groups. The age range is from about 6 years of age to infinity and we welcome quilters of all abilities.  A number of our members are well-known in the Quilting world, being winners at the big shows and also through work with the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.

 

We actively encourage new quilters and have recently launched ‘Oast Sewing Bee’.  The aim of Oast Sewing Bee is to reach out to young people, including children, who would like to sew, but may never have held a needle, and certainly not had the privilege of sewing lessons either at their mother’s knee or at school.  Small groups will be established around east Kent led by established members of Oast Quilters.

 

Oast Quilters boasts an extensive library, which is brought in special, quilted bags to most meetings.  This is a tremendous resource and contains a range of ‘classic’ and historical books as well as some fresh off the printing press.  We also have many which have been signed and dedicated to the group by visiting speakers.  The aim of the librarians (who are members of a group from the Isle of Sheppey) is to source books which may be ‘industry standards’ of the future – and which may be rather expensive and not on everyone’s shelf.

 

Often 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!  However this coming January we are thrilled that one of the founder members of Oast Quilters and also a member of Chaucer Quilters, Rosemary Marozzi, is bringing her extensive collection of award-winning Baltimore-style quilts to the meeting and will be talking about her life in quilting.  It is possibly the one and only time all her quilts will be seen together.

 

Although we keep our annual membership fee to a minimum, strength of numbers means that we can attract some of the world’s leading proponents in textile arts to our meetings. The format of the following five meetings is a talk followed by refreshments, a raffle and then a “Show and Tell”. The September meeting is our “Open Day”, and this year we will be having ‘Make and Take’ sessions in the morning followed by the usual talk 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.  During the year two ‘in-house’ workshops are also held; the tutors for which 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 also have a very lively (closed) Facebook group and a website www.oastquilters.co.uk

 

We hold an exhibition of our work once every three years, “Oast Showcase”.  2020’s Showcase looks as though it will surpass all others!  It 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!). The excess of income over expenditure raised at the Showcase is split amongst a variety of local charities chosen by the members.

 

To ensure the smooth running of Oast Quilters the Committee meets two weeks before a meeting.  Each affiliated group has a right to send a representative to the Committee.  There is an Executive Committee formed of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and at the end of three years’ service each must resign and new appointees voted into position.  There are a number of administrative roles (such as Membership Secretary, Traders’ Secretary, Head Librarian, Newsletter Editor) for which tenure is as long as desired.   We have a constitution and a Members’ Pack which explains the duties of all the volunteer roles and all other aspects allied to keeping such a large and successful group on track. 

 

We are a group of over 300 quilters from East Kent. 

 

 

Oast Renewals for 2020 have been successful and new white badges will be available at the next meeting.

Challenge 2020 – 20″ x 20″ quiltlet

Closing date 29.05.20 

Entry Form accessed via Members’ News Tab

Overview Of Oast Quilters Group

At the first meeting of this year we will enjoy a presentation from Rosemary Marozzi.

As a change to our programme, the traditional “Corners” meeting has been reformatted as a ‘Make & Taste’ session on the morning of our September, Open Day meeting.  

The format of the  four meetings that follow the January meeting 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 will have an inspirational talk 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 hosts a variety of  absorbing and inspirational workshops,  on the Sunday, sometimes the Monday too, workshops are normally given by the speaker at the Saturday meeting. Moreover, between the meetings workshops that are tutored by our very talented and experienced members of Oast Quilters. Most of us also belong to small local groups which meet more regularly, although we have a large number of independent members. News and views are shared through our Newsletter, Oast Post, which is published at each meeting, this website and members also have a Facebook group.

This year we will hold our “Oast Showcase” exhibition of our work (24-.07.20 – 26.07.20); this event is held once every three years. 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 group. Currently, the Young Oast Group is taking a pause but normally the age range is from about 6 years of age to infinity!

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.

**PLEASE REMEMBER** annual renewals are due before 31st October. Please renew via your group rep; Independent members please post your cheque to

Membership Secretary: Heather Powell

14 Cherryfields, Sittingbourne bourne, Kent ME10 1YP

or

Chris Whitney (Assistant Membership Secretary)

11 The Curlews, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5QJ

Membership for NEW members will be increased to £25.00 for the first year. All subsequent renewals will remain at £20.00

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