Programme 2022

  • January 22 Zoom meeting 

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  • Cindi Grisdela
    is an international Zoom speaker. She comes from a long line of women who have expressed themselves in needle and thread though curiously no quilters. Creating with various forms of needle and thread has been a part of her life since childhood and she is is self taught as a fibre artist with lots of experimentation along the way. She has a fine arts Degree and an MBA.
  • January 23  – Carolyn Forster: Workshop: Big Stitch and Utility Quilting  

Enjoy a peaceful day learning how to quilt         
by hand with big stitch and variations such
as crow’s feet, Mennonite tacks, buttoning
and tying along with Amish wave or elbow
quilting. The class will also look at work by
women in years past.

 

  • February 5-  UFO Day at Lower Hardres

 

  • March 5 – Penny Bicknell: Talk – Group Quilts

 

  • March 6 – Penny Bicknell – Workshop: Segmented Whirling Circle  

Make a stunning centre for a quilt or a cushion or add more circles for an overall design. The sizes can vary according to the number of strips and fabrics.

 

 

  • April 9 –   In house workshop 

Tansy Martin: Freezer Paper Applique

Learn tips and tricks gleaned from many tutors,  
three different ways to make stems, also circles and flowers
including some Baltimore techniques. Use freezer and appliqué paper.

 

 

  • May 14 – Anne Kelly: Talk – My Practice

 

  • May 15 – Workshop – Anne Kelly: Recycled/Vintage Cottage Garden

 Search through your fabrics for florals to appliqué to a square sample.     
Couch and hand embroider to complete. The sample can be made into a
cushion, tote bag or framed picture.

 

  •  June 11 – In house workshop

Liz Coleman: Kaleidoscope

Machine foundation piece a huge hexagonal star     
which just jumps together. A Christmas version would
make a marvellous centrepiece. With a useful and logical
method of foundation piecing Liz takes all the stress out
of producing something which looks really complicated.

 

 

  • July 9 – Sandie Lush: Talk – From Old Cloth to Wholecloth

 

  • July 10 – Workshop – Sandie Lush: Glorious Welsh Quilts

Spend a day exploring Welsh quilting motifs.                 
Use them to design an original quilt  or wall hanging
or stitch a traditional cushion from patterns provided.

 

 

 

 

 

  • July 22 – 24 Oast Showcase

  • September 24 –  Open Day

  • Carolyn Forster (AM): Talk – Quilts from Precuts

  • Sarah Humphreys (PM): Talk – Youngish, Modernish

  • September 25 – Workshop – Sarah Humphreys: Modern Quilting: Log Cabin Variations

With Sarah explore log cabin variations from a wonky log cabin       
to simple curves for a wavy block and finally improvisation techniques.
The session ends by looking at what to do with leftover scraps

 

 

 

 

 

  • October 22 –   Sewcial

 

  • November 5  -UFO Day at Lower Hardres

 

  • November 26 –   AGM

 

 

 

Strippy quilt top for Utility Quilting

Finished size: 52”/54” x 46”

You will need:

17 strips of fabric 2 ½” x width of fabric (42”/44”)

Jelly Roll strips would work here!

1m fabric for the border, cut into 5 strips 6 ½” wide

Backing fabric, 60”x 54”

Wadding, 60”x 54”

I usually use Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, but Warm and Natural or Hobbs Organic with Scrim work well. Or use whatever wadding you know you get good results with!

Fabric for binding to complete the quilt when quilted, 50cm. Cut this into 6 strips 2 ½” wide.

Sewing Thread to tone

Sewing:

  1. Sew the 17 strips of fabric together in a pleasing manner. Press seams in one direction.
  2. Trim off the selvedge’s to square up the top.
  3. Join the border fabric together to form one long continuous piece 6 ½” wide.
  4. From the border fabric cut two pieces 34 ½” long (or whatever the 2 shortest sides measure), and sew to the shortest sides of the top. Press seams towards the border.
  5. From the remaining border fabric cut two pieces the length of the remaining sides. Sew to these quilt top sides and press seams towards the border.
  6. Layer the top with backing and batting, and baste together. Use your favourite method. Try not to baste along the centre length of the strips, or in the ditch, as your quilting will be going here!

Carolyn Forster 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tired of fine hand quilting but not comfortable with machine quilting? Then you are ready to try Big Stitch Quilting and its variations. These are quick ways to quilt your tops by hand using such stitches as Crows foot and Mennonite Tacks along with buttoning and tying.

Bring a pre-made quilt sandwich or use the pattern Carolyn supplies (given below) you will stitch all the different stitches and try your hand at Amish wave or elbow quilting. We will also look at how women in years past quilted quilts quickly with utility type quilting designs.

Hand work. This promises to be an enjoyable relaxing day opening the door to some new and different ways to finish your quilts.