We had a very interesting session with Janet Leeper at our last meeting, experimenting with a technique to make a new material out of old scraps of fabric and paper. It would be great if those of you who took part could bring your finished piece to our next meeting for everyone to see.
The Olympic Quilt was completed and sent off this week and we received the following lovely message from Jenny Rundle to say that it had arrived safely.
The groups quilt arrived safely today, please thank all the members of the Wombourne Quilters for supporting the project and for making such a wonderful quilt. I will pass the details onto Sharon for the snippets section of the book. I love all the pictures particularly the snow scenes, I think many athletes coming may not have seen snow so it will be a fascinating set of scenes for them to look at depending on which country it goes to. I will stay in touch with newsletters and we hope that some of the group will be able to come to the exhibition in London next year.
Thank you to all the Wombourne Quilters,
Letter that was sent with the quilt:
Kate included a letter (below) from the group to the country that will get the quilt. The information will also be used in the book to be published. Click here to find out more about the project.
‘Around Wombourne in 2011’ Quilt no. 274
Greetings from Wombourne Quilters October 2011
We are a group of quilters who all love sewing and quilt-making in particular, our skills range from the complete novice to experienced exhibitors and prize winners; we are a very friendly group where everyone is welcome to come along to the talks and demonstrations that we hold twice a month. The group was founded just over 25 years ago, and as the name suggests, it is based in the village of Wombourne, about four and a half miles from Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands. Members of the group live at various locations in the surrounding district including Wombourne, Wolverhampton, Sedgley, Dudley, Kidderminster, Telford and Bridgnorth . You can find us on maps on the internet.
When we first decided to make a quilt for the 2012 Olympics, we wanted the design to reflect the local area in a way that would be interesting and informative for the recipient country. The traditional Log Cabin block has a red square at the centre to signify the home and hearth, it seemed appropriate to use this design but to put images of the surrounding area, our home, at the centre instead.
By emailing the digital photographs to one computer and then printing the images onto fabric, we brought together the use of modern technology and traditional design. Many of the photographs were taken in winter so the colour scheme for the individual blocks, and the quilt as a whole, developed naturally from the captured colour.
It was important that as many members of the group as possible could be involved in making the quilt and contributions came in many different forms, taking photographs, printing the images, designing labels, donating fabric, sewing the log cabin blocks, quilting sections to be joined later, adding binding and even pressing seams. In total, about seventeen members of the group were involved in the design and construction of our quilt. Time and materials were all given generously and a touch of love sewn in every stitch.
Wombourne Quilters send their warmest regards to you and hope that the quilt is enjoyed by all.
Next session Wednesday November 2nd 7.30pm:
Next meeting will be a Christmas Surprise Decoration with the Committee! Please bring as much of the following as you can find amongst all the bits and pieces we quilters always seem to have around us.
Fabric scraps - not too tiny - silk, shiny fabrics, velvet, Christmas fabrics,
Braids, cords, ribbons, tassels etc
Beads - not too small, ones a pin will go through - sequins
Pins - these will be used in the decoration - glass topped ones too.
Thick decorative threads, shiny yarns etc that could be plaited or twisted to make thicker braids
A blunt knitting needle or a blunt pencil or a ball point pen, one that had run out is ideal.
Scissors and sewing kit.
Later in the month Wednesday November 16th at 7.30pm:
Amanda Clayton is giving a talk about her work on 16th November