May Meeting


Our meeting in May was made all the more enjoyable by our guest speaker,the very talented quilter Lesley Symes. Lesley brought so many of her beautiful quilts to show us and on hearing from her that these were only a third of the quilts she had made, it did leave us wondering if she actually ever slept!  All her quilts were gorgeous, and the cherry on the top was that she brought along a few of her heritage quilts that she has collected over the years, including a postage stamp quilt dating back to the late1800's.



One of our own talented members made these lovely quilts and shared them with us for Show and Tell.


April Meeting


Our meeting in April was a very enjoyable and entertaining Question and Answer session with a panel of our members answering questions such as what their favourite quilting gadget was and why; what thread is best to use, for example, whether polyester cotton was suitable for sewing quilts and whether fabric should be washed before use. Needless to say we all went away experts thanks to our lovely panel.

One of our talented members has been busy re-covering an armchair with patchwork pieces and it looks sensational. 

Another of our talented members drew inspiration from the talk Theresa gave on Japanese Boro and Sashiko quilting and made this beautiful bag

March Meeting


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


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


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.