Quilters’ Guild Region 5
Exhibition: Quilts Around the House 23 July 2022
Quilts hanging inside houses is always a cheering sight. They bring warmth, colour and life to walls and rooms. Turning a house into a gallery for a day is even better. That’s what Region 5 of the Quilters’ Guild did in July, inviting individuals and local groups to hang quilts in the home of the retiring Regional Co-ordinator, Liz Jarvis, to help raise funds for the Guild. Our group was invited to hang a selection of members’ quilts in the top room of the house. They looked impressive, as the pictures show, and well represented the range and depth of our members’ skills. Di Bell was also invited to show her superb vintage quilts in a separate room. They attracted lots of interest from visitors. The exhibition was a success; it included a charity raffle and raised over £500 for Region 5’s funds.
Workshop March 2022
WPQ hosted a workshop with Trease Lane on Saturday 19th March and we had a wonderful time exploring texture and colour while making her signature landscapes. Learning how to use the special stitches on our sewing machine to create stems and flowers was an enjoyable and eye opening experience. We hope to display our finished pieces at the exhibition in February 2023.
Trease Lane www.PatchworkLane.co.uk
We are back to meeting in person - please see the Programme tab for details of our meetings
West of England Quilt and Textile show
WPQ was well represented at the West of England Quilt and Textile show in Bristol at the end of August 2019, with 8 people entering quilts into the exhibition, and our very own Malin Wood winning two awards.
Charity sewing day
A group of ladies met together on a sunny Saturday to sew Syringe driver bags for patients at Southmead Hospital Oncology Unit. The bags are offered to palliative care patients who need a syringe pump to deliver medication, and allow the patient to remain as independent as possible when carrying the pump around in a discrete way.
In total 60 bags were made in a wide variety of colours and patterns.
More information about the bags and the pattern can be found at makingforcharity.co.uk
Our very own Malin Wood, won Best in Show at the Malvern Quilt Show, May 2019. She also won The Art Quilt award, the Cotton Patch award for large wall hanging, the Intermediate Quilter award and Judges Choice. Congratulations Malin!
Our most recent Chairman's challenge was a collaborative 'round robin' swap, where 6 people made blocks for each quilt.
This ambitious challenge was undertaken by 24 members in June 2017 to May 2018.
To start: each participating member developed a brief for others to follow and recorded it in the journal to accompany quilt and made the first of the blocks for their quilt.
Every two months: the fabric, journal and blocks were passed onto a new member, who then made another row (or set of blocks) according to the brief.
Some people supplied the fabric for all the blocks, while others asked members to choose their own fabric on the same theme for their contribution.
The briefs ranged from Trees to Stars, Dogs to Nature, Rainbow blocks, restricted colours and Modern designs.
In total 6 people contributed to each quilt before they were returned to their owner; who then arranged the blocks, added whatever they wanted and finished into a quilt or wall hanging, ready to be displayed at the October 2018 meeting.
The feedback from people who took part was that although it was daunting to work to a brief on someone else’s project, it was a really fun challenge to do, and a great way to build friendships; as a group we enjoyed being pushed out of our comfort zone to try new techniques and designs.
Here are some of the completed quilts