Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas Tree Festival Contributions for Wombourne

Here are a few photographs of Wombourne Quilters' contribution to the Christmas Tree Festival at Wombourne United Reform Church, using the beautiful bags entered in our Christmas Challenge.  Over 80 local groups have put up and decorated trees which will be on display over the Christmas period.
and here are some of the others from other groups:

 This one below from the police is wonderful!!!!
The church is open on Christmas Eve  1.30 – 4.30pm

Here is our December Newsletter with info for the New Year sent by Carole Auden:

Our next meeting will be on January 15th, when I’ll be doing a demo on how to apply Shisha mirrors, and how I go about embellishing them. DO please bring with you your Crazy Patchwork Round Robin if it has some shisha on it, and we can all have a look-see.  For the evening, if you want to have a go, please bring the following with you:
·      6” or 8” embroidery hoop with the inner ring bound in scrap fabric to assist in gripping your ‘working’ fabric.
·      Piece of fabric about 10-12” square, and a backing fabric the same size.  Backing fabric need not be posh stuff, and should not ‘bleed’ through to the front of your work.
·      Perle threads of your own choice of colour.  Size 5 is okay but a bit thin, size 8 is probably best for starting out.  You could alternatively use stranded embroidery threads.
·      Needles.  Always a tricky one…  I prefer to use Chenille needles, small and extremely sharp ones, but whichever you feel most comfortable with and the eye will hold your chosen yarn will be fine.
·      Small sewing kit, scissors, thimble, etc…
I’ll be bringing the mirrors, so no need to go out and buy some, but if you want to have a go at adding beads, ribbon, other embellishments please bring your stuff along.  I’ll have some bits and pieces with me too.

It will be 2014 before we know it, so here’s a repeat of some additions to make to your programmes:
5th March will see us PATS testing, but we will also be doing a sewers Bring and Buy.  Some items from Mrs Foley’s estate will be up for grabs, proceeds to go to the group.
19th March is Sit and Sew, but we will also be having some fun getting rid of ugly fabric. We’ll fill in the details nearer the time, but until then, do keep that horrid fat quarter for this event, and then scratch your heads on how you’re going to use what you get out of the evening. I think I already mentioned that I’ll be away for this spectacular, but Gill Biel and Carol Thomas have promised to keep me in mind when the fun gets underway. I’m STILL relying on all of you to protect my interests!!
18th June 2014 is now a Sit and Sew evening.
2nd July we have Margaret Davidson doing a Retrospective on her fabulous work.  Not to be missed, and as a little teaser, I’ve got Margaret to agree to run a workshop on the next year’s programme. More details nearer the time….(Sorry Margaret, I don’t mean to keep talking about you as if you weren’t there!)
Just a reminder really, that Ann Jermey is extending her Patchwork and Quilting class on Thursdays from 23rd January, 2014.  This new class is designed for beginners but I understand that others will be welcome. The details are:
·      Thursdays from 23rd January at the Library/Community Centre in Wombourne from 1.30 to 3.30pm  Charge of £5 for each session on attendance, and please bring a mug for your cuppa.

Your Committee would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful festive season, and we look forward to seeing you in 2014.

See you next time
Carole A

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Christmas Show and Tell

Tonight we have a lovely evening which consisted of eating Christmas party food and feasting our eyes on some wonderful work which had been done over the last few months since our show in September.

These little bags were a challenge for the group over the last couple of weeks. They are to hang in the United Reformed Church in Wombourne over Christmas.

The programme for 2014 is being prepared as we speak and looks to be an exciting one. Do come and join us if you'd like to be part of the group or just pay us a visit!

Merry Christmas.


Inchies - believe it or not the boxes are an inch square.
This is what we were making at our last meeting and there are some wonderful results!

Next time - December 4th it's the Christmas Show and Tell.
Bring some festive food to share and a raffle prize if you can!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Wednesday 20th November plan - come and join us!

Hello everyone
We will be making three items from ‘Inchies’.
1. A small box made from covered pelmet Vilene which can be used to hold a chocolate or other small present,or made into a tree ornament
2. A tree decoration
3. A small ‘artwork’ made from embellished inchies, which could be framed or used to make a greetings card
Box - pelmet Vilene, Christmas fabric, bondaweb, and some embellishments and ribbon will be provided but you can bring any scraps you would prefer to use.  If you are  bringing your own fabric, you need one piece of outer fabric which is a minimum of 5”x 3½”, and another for the inside (can be calico).  We will have various sequins and small beads available, but bring your own as well.
Tree decoration - we will provide Vilene, Bondaweb, some Christmas fabric, and beads and sequins, or you can bring your own.  You will need two matching squares of Christmas or glitzy fabric about 2”square, sequins/beads, thread and ribbon or cord for hanging. 
Artwork - this will be made from a felted background.  Felt, pelmet Vilene and some suitable threads and wool will be available, together with some felting tools.  If you have felting needles, please bring them.  The edges of these inchies will be finished by hand – blanket stitch with stranded or perle cotton, so please bring a selection.  Themes could be a landscape, the four seasons, Christmas, a display of tiny natural found objects, or buttons – anything at all.
Equipment – we will have two or three sewing machines available, but it would help enormously if a couple of members could bring basic machines – anything capable of zigzag stitching.  We will provide cutters, cutting mats and rulers and extension leads. 
Hope to see you there - guests welcome!