March Meeting

17-03-2018

What a treat we had at our March meeting with twenty of our members bringing along their first and last quilts to show us, and also share their quilting journeys by telling us a little about the stories behind them. It is incredible to see just how talented our members are and how varied all their quilts are. The morning just seemed to fly by and it would have been very easy to spend another hour enjoying our quilters and their quilts.

And not forgetting the photos of our talented members showing us their quilts.

                 

                 

        

    

        

           

       

        

          

       


 

    




         


World Textile Day 14 April 2018

26-02-2018

The African Fabric Shop are hosting a  World Textile Day event on 14/04/18 from 10am to 4.30pm at the East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, postcode KT24 6QT. There is plenty of free parking.

February Meeting

15-02-2018

Thanks to our lovely chairperson Theresa, who stepped in as speaker at our February meeting after our original speaker was postponed, we all enjoyed a talk about three very interesting Japanese crafts:

Boro Quilting - Boro are a particular kind of Japanese textiles that have been mended or patched together by simple stitching in order to reuse. The term Boro comes from the Japanese boroboro,which means something tattered or repaired. Theresa made this beautifully stitched Boro bag.

Furoshiki- These are a kind of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport clothes, gifts or other things. Furoshiki wrapping has a particular style which reflects Japanese interest in ceremony,beauty,multi-functional objects and attention to detail in everyday living. Cloth wrapping has been around for more than 1200 years in Japan. The word furoshiki actually means 'bath spread' and originated in the Edo period (1603-1868) when the cloths were commonly used in bath houses to wrap clothes and as a bath mat.

Some examples of how one furoshiki cloth can be used multiple times are:

wrapping a gift

a bag for shopping

picnic hamper

a tablecloth

a scarf or belt

Furoshiki is not only aesthetically  pleasing, but eco friendly too. It can replace wrapping paper and plastic bags and is recyclable. 

Theresa brought in some beautiful examples of furoshiki that she has done

Sashiko- A Japanese hand-sewing technique using a running stitch to embroider a patterned background.

Sashiko means 'little stabs' and this technique originated in the Edo era (1615-1868) and was traditionally used to repair, recycle or reinforce garments. The patterns are geometric and include both straight and curved lines arranged in a repeating pattern. Below is an example of a Sashiko stitched sampler hand-sewn by one of our talented GQ members.

Japanese textile supplies are available online from Euro-Japan links.

Our members also shared their wonderful work with us in our Show and Tell time, inspiring us with their talent and ideas.



Guildford Quilters 2018 programme

12-01-2018


PLEASE NOTE *  The workshop on the 13/02/18 with Janice Gunner, and her talk at our monthly meeting on 14/02/18 have both been postponed.


January Meeting and Annual General Meeting

11-01-2018

Happy 2018 everyone!

Where does the time go?  It doesn't seem like a whole year has gone by since we held our last AGM, but here we are again. Our Annual General Meeting went very well with our committee members voted back in again to continue in their roles supporting Guildford Quilters. A big thank you also went to our lovely Chairperson Theresa for all the time and effort she has given to Guildford Quilters in her first year. 

Our meeting then proceeded as usual with our monthly raffle and some lovely prizes were won by a few lucky members. This was followed by our Show and Tell session. Once again our talented quilters brought along their gorgeous quilts and quilted goodies to share with and inspire us to get sewing in 2018.