We would like to encourage you to consider becoming an Area Representative for your area (town/village etc).
For details about the role, please email Reg3@quiltersguild.org.uk
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Co-ordinator: Kate Christie
I can’t believe I have been Co-ordinator for 2 years now. Time has flown and the one thing I’ve had very little time for is sewing! I have, however, just ordered a complete set of storage shelves and boxes to tidy up my workroom so maybe soon…….!
Increasingly, and somewhat surprisingly, I am enjoying stitching by hand and have fallen completely in love with Wendy Williams, Flying Fish designs from Australia.
Now, where did I put that needle!!!!
Treasurer: Margaret Jefferies
Like many women of my generation, knitting and sewing have always been part of my life.
My mother was left-handed and she taught me to sew. She was a very good seamstress, making clothes for all the family, including my Dad for whom she made shirts and pyjamas.
An aunt taught me how to knit when I was about 5 years old.
Towards the end of the war, two patchwork bedspreads were made (one for my bed and one for my parents): My father's trade was a painter and decorator, and because he thought no one could cut paper as well as he could (!!) he cut out the hexagon shapes for the quilts. It was my job to tack them and then mother stitched them together. I was hoping these bedspreads would have survived, but sadly I have no idea what happened to them.
I ventured into embroidery in my late teens, teaching my then-to-be husband how to do the same - and I still have some of his work.
Patchwork came back into my life after my children were more independent, and since then I have never looked back. I have made so many friends and attended lots of lovely social events and workshops. I now need to live to be 100+ so I can finish the many UFOs I still seem to have. Lockdown promised to be the time when I would do that but there were so many challenges ….
Newsletter Editor (Copy): Christine Thomas
Also: Petersfield Area Representative
Hello! I took up patchwork when my children were little. I loved fabric but I could never get any of my dressmaking attempts to fit… patchwork just had to lie flat! As the children went off to school my friend and I attended the City and Guilds patchwork and quilting course in a prefab classroom at Berkshire College of Agriculture for two years, it was great, playgroup for adults! I then did my adult teaching certificate and started teaching patchwork for Surrey County Council. I do not know what my students learnt that first year, I learnt masses! The most useful piece of advice I was given was “if your knees knock, sit down”.
Having lived in Wokingham for about thirty years, we moved three years ago to Froxfield, near Petersfield and I retired, having spent 25 very happy years teaching patchwork and quilting both for the local authority and some of my own classes.
I am a member of two house groups in Wokingham, and I jointly run the Petersfield Stitchers here. I am currently trying to finish all those “Here is one I made earlier” teaching samples. I have a new garden to play with, which has no ground elder or bindweed to battle, and that makes a nice change.
I am married to Bill, and we have two children, both are married, and we have five grandchildren.
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Young Quilters: Penny Savill
After trying small craft projects when young, I mainly started sewing at school, doing Needlework and Dressmaking for O Level. Later I made a floor cushion cover in large squares and some hexagons (without wadding) for a pillow sham using very, very bright 1960’s leftover dressmaking fabrics. I made a lot of my own clothes with my Mother, and I also knitted.
Patchwork started as an evening class in 1987 and I joined the Quilters Guild then, too.
I was YQ rep for Region 3 from 2002 – 2005 and helped with the 2006 AGM in Hove.
I am currently Regional YQ Rep again. I probably have as many UFO’s as completed projects and enjoy trying Modern Quilting.
Social Media: Karin Pope
I have been quilting for roughly eleven years now, having been
mostly trained by YouTube videos. My only ‘proper’ classes had been at the
Festival of Quilts. In 2020/21, like a lot of members, I have enthusiastically
joined the Zoom Class movement and have “travelled" all over the world from the
comfort of my sewing room.
I began sewing at an early age, as I am from a generation when Mum stayed at home, and hand-made clothes were normal. There was a break for college and career, but my interest was rekindled when my close friend asked if I could bring new life to the family Moses Basket, intended for their first grandchild. Suddenly, I remembered what fabric could do, and saw some rudimentary videos on YouTube. The rest, as they say, is history.
I absolutely love Foundation Paper Piecing and have many quilted projects to bear this out. I cannot bear to throw out scraps before they become too tiny to be useful (yes, they could be used as filling but there are limits!).
I love Modern Quilts and am a member of the Modern Specialist Group. I have recently been asked to join their Committee. This year the Miniatures Group has been added to my circle as well.
It was my husband who originally got me involved with the Guild, as he bought my membership as a surprise gift, about 4 years ago. When my renewal in 2020 was due he surprised me by offering to pay for Life membership! I have enjoyed the magazines, and Festival of Quilts (including Stewarding!), but it is only since Penny Bicknell, our former Area Co-ordinator, asked if I would consider being the Social Media Representative, looking after both Region 3 Facebook and Instagram accounts that I have felt totally a part of it.
Web Page Editor: Gavin Ketchen
Just like Trainspotters who cannot drive trains, I enjoy quilt shows and can appreciate the amazing, intricate, and usually meaningful quilts you all work so hard producing - even though I cannot quilt myself ("Yet!" I've been told). I have been to many of the exhibitions and shows around the UK. As regular attendees at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham's NEC, my (then) partner and I became Stewards, and after a couple of years, Quilt Angels as well. When the Steward Organiser retired, I took on that role. That meant I had to be a member of the Guild, so I ended up paying for the privilege! As a result, I joined the committee first as Editor of the Southern Star, following an appeal for a new one, and I switched to Website Editor when my personal circumstances changed
I'd love for us to have a more lively R3 online section and am looking forward to the introduction of the Guild's new website, due to be launched later this year. However, without YOUR pictures and articles, it'll be fairly slim. Just as the Southern Star relies on your input, so does the website. Remember to send me your event details so they can be listed online, too. Also, check your group (if you belong to one) details. Any changes required - TELL ME. Email email@example.com
My other role, as the Steward Organiser at the Festival of Quilts, means I'm always looking for people to Steward at the forthcoming show. If you want to know more about THAT, drop me a line:
Or visit the Guild page for Stewarding HERE
Speakers and Traders: Susan Chambers
My name is Sue Chambers and I am the Speakers/Traders Secretary for Region 3
I have been sewing for decades, and patchwork/quilting for nearly 20 years, but my main hobby is buying, collecting, and stroking fabric! Our house, according to my husband, is full of “stuff”. He’s probably right.
I enjoy all Patchwork & Quilting disciplines and I am always eager to move on to something new and different. I started with traditional, moved on to art quilting, enjoy making bags, and am now loving improv quilts. I live in Portchester and belong to two local groups, Solent Stitchers and Meon Valley Quilters where I am also Speaker Secretary.
Group List & Prizes: Sara Bottomley
Sara is also the Marlborough Area Representative
I started my first piece of patchwork 40 years ago, but only really had more time several years later, when I gave up my career as a nurse tutor to follow my Army husband round the world.
I am now settled back in Wiltshire with my own garden, a dog and a fabric stash that will last longer than me!
A keen, though not very good golfer, most of my sewing used to be done in winter or wet weather, Lockdown has given me the opportunity to complete my pile of UFOs and start a new one.
There have been several comments in Zoom meetings about showing others our quilt/craft rooms and this resulted in a tidy up of my stash. I am now eagerly awaiting the reopening of fabric shops and the Festival of Quilts as I have an empty shelf!