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.

Notification about how and what is happening will be nearer each meeting/event – our website will be updated periodically to reflect our programme of events – complying with the current Covid-19 rules in these unusual times. Rest assured – we will inform you when our face to face meetings are allow, to go ahead.

STOP PRESS: updates: 24.05.21

On the Oast Library page – there is an updated list of book that you may wish to browse – take a look…

BREAKING NEWS: For all Zoom events, please contact your rep and Independent members, please contact Lynne.

maximum participation- 100 so please register your interest with Lynne 

oastsecretary@gmail.com

A recording of these events are available until the next event and access is via a new Zoom link from Lynne.

Next Event

Saturday 12 June:

Liz Melville – Happy Animals In House Workshop

Lower Hardres Village Hall, Canterbury, CT4 5NP

10 am – 4 pm

When you receive the link from your Rep (group members) or Lynne Newell (independents)  notify Lynne if you wish to attend.

Saturday July 10 
Julia Gahagan – 2 events
 
It’s a Small World – Zoom talk
9:30 for 10 am
 
Miniture Seaside Quilts – Virtual Zoom Workshop
1:30 for 2 pm start – 2.5 hours
 
 
Sunday July 11 UFO day
Petham Village Hall
10 am – 4 pm
 
 

Important Note:
 
Copyright and the use of images posted on the website and Oast social media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downloading and reusing someone else’s image on social networks and websites without their permission is  actually illegal.  The owner of an image is the person who took the photo and it is the responsibility of the owner of the image to make it clear if their photograph is not to be reused, copied or downloaded.  This can be done by adding the copyright mark © and the owner’s name to the photograph.  Without this, posting your images online to the Oast social media1 assumes you relinquish your copyright to the use of that image. If you do not want your work to be photographed by others, you must make it very clear at the time you display your work.

1 The Oast Facebook page is closed; only members of Oast Quilters may join it and view any postings.

 
Oast Challenge See the winners in Oast Post Nov 20 No 6 (in the box to the right)

Winner – Liz Coleman (4)

Second Lynne Newell (2) and Third Trudy Smethurst (no 7)

click on the link to see all the entries that have been judged at the AGM. OAST CHALLENGE 2020 ENTRIES 

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* Membership fees: the committee has agreed a one-off  50% reduction of fees for the current membership, (£10.00) for 2021 as it was necessary to cancel half of all planned meetings in 2020.

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When these difficult times are over:

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 200 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.

One meeting in 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! 

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”.  2021 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. 

Oast Renewals for 2021 have been successfully  completed but interested quilters can request membership throughout the year.

Overview Of Oast Quilters Group

As a change to our programme, the traditional “Corners” meeting has been reformatted as a ‘Make & Take’ 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