In February 2017 we had a tea party in honour of Peggy Collinge, a founder member of Castle Hill Quilters, who is leaving the group. Carol Lord, who founded CHQ, paid tribute to Peggy’s enthusiasm in making quilts for the Linus project.
Anne Jeffries made a beautiful cake and Peggy was given a small gift from the group.
Also in February 2017 we had a show and tell given by Andrea Ashwell. She showed us a selection of her beautiful quilts and explained her technique and how she decides on her designs. She uses a long-arm machine for her heavily-quilted designs.
In November 2014, Dawn Cameron Dick, a well-known quilter and teacher who has travelled the world, gave the group a talk on “Needles and thread – a love story”. She explained all there was
to know about needles and threads, with hand outs and samples.
In September 2014, 22 members and five guests went on a coach trip paid for by CHQ to see the newly-opened New Forest Fabrics shop in Hythe, where we purchased some new and different fabrics. We then went onto Buckler’s Hard for lunch. We were blessed by good weather and everyone found the trip very enjoyable.
In July 2014, we had a coffee morning at Jennie’s, which 20 members attended for a ‘mid summer break’ coffee morning and cakes, with natters and catch ups with friends and colleagues!
In June 2014, 16 of our members went on a trip to the American Museum in Claverton, near Bath. We had a personal tour around the museum to see the period rooms and also visited the museum’s special Kaffe Fassett exhibition. This showed a selection of the works of this well-known American knitter, quilter and fabric designer. We also had a chance to buy some books, patterns and fabric.
In July 2012, members visited the Whitchurch Silk Mill in Hampshire, and also the Quilters’ Dream shop near Andover.
In May 2012, members visited the Midsomer Quilting exhibition at the Radstock Museum in Radstock, Somerset.
In January through April 2012, Catharine Millar gave a six-part course for beginners.
In the autumn of 2011, several members of the group designed and made Alzheimers cushions for use by residents of Fives Court in Mere and also Linus quilts for seriously-ill children.
In October 2011, a coachload of members visited the autumn Malvern quilt show.
In July 2011, eight members visited Romsey Abbey in Hampshire to see the quilt show by Romsey Quilters titled ‘Quilts in Bloom’.
In June 2011, we mounted a display of members’ quilts in the church during the St Michael’s parish church fete, Mere. See the photos on this page.
In May 2011, 11 members visited the Sprat & Winkle 30th Anniversary Exhibition at Andover Museum and also the Quilters’ Dream shop in Picket Piece.
In November 2010, members of Sprat & Winkle Quilters showed us some of their quilts. See Photo Gallery.
During October and November 2010, Carol gave a two-part workshop on how to make a Christmas wall hanging.
In October 2010, a full-day course on machine quilting was given at the Grove Buildings by Meg Leach of New Threads Quilt Shop (see our Links page).
In late September 2010, 12 members of the club made an afternoon trip to the Midsomer Quilting shop (see our Links page), where they were able to browse and purchase fabric and other quilting items and enjoyed a talk on quilting by a member of staff.
In June 2010 a group travelled to London to see the exhibit ‘Quilts 1700-2010’ at the V&A Museum. See Photo Gallery.
At the end of May 2010 members of the group visited the American Museum in Bath to see the Classic American Quilt Exhibition. Besides the ‘Classic American Quilts’ exhibition the tour included the textile room, which contains a large number of old American quilts. We had lunch at the museum and had time to browse in the shop!