July Newsletter


Hello Everyone,
I hope you are not finding this heat too trying and are managing to keep cool.
This month’s newsletter is only short but do let me have any articles for the next one
which I plan to have ready for the end of August / beginning of September.
Those of us who went to the Summer Party had a very enjoyable evening and were kept
entertained by Heather’s quiz and music. The hall looked lovely with tablecloths and
flowers and we all left with a kit to make a mug rug. Thank you Heather. The Platinum
Jubilee challenge was judged too but I must confess to not remembering who won.
There are photos of the evening on our Facebook page.
A particular hit was Linda Cosgrove’s non alcoholic Pimms with its secret ingredient. Here
is the recipe for 4 people.
150ml tonic water
450ml lemonade ?diet
5ml balsamic vinegar
strawberries
raspberries
cucumber
mint
ice
Having seen quite a lot of quilts recently using recycled/ upcycled fabrics , it made me
realise that those of us who started quilting in the great revival period of the 1980s were
way ahead of the curve! The only source of fabrics we had was dressmaking cottons
( and not always cotton) and jumble sales. Those don’t happen any more do they ! Who
else remembers those Saturday occasions rooting out cast off cotton dresses and
blouses, taking them home to be washed and then cutting out the “good “ bits to
repurpose in a quilt? As far as I remember the first dedicated Patchwork shop was the
Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat run by Joen Zinni- Lask in Camden Town and then we
collected those postage stamp sized samples from mail order businesses like Strawberry
Fair. Ah how we had to work for our art!


Alison Williams recently paid a visit to the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter. Here’s
the report of her visit.
At the end of June, while on a week’s holiday in Wales, I visited the Welsh Quilt Centre in
Lampeter to see their latest exhibition, “The Magical Quilts of Wales”. It had been all set
up ready to go in 2020 when Covid closed everything down and they were delighted to be
able to finally show these quilts, a selection of patchwork, appliqué and wholecloth.
Many of you will have heard of Jen Jones, who almost single-handedly since the 1970s
has rescued and collected Welsh quilts and campaigned for them to be prized and
admired, for their fabrics and history and particularly for their distinctive quilting patterns,
such as “pennies” and fans. Sandie Lush, famed for her hand quilting, is carrying on the tradition, and a separate exhibition of
her amazing work was at the Centre. I
also learned that there is a theory that Amish quilts were influenced by quilters from Wales
who emigrated to America.
The exhibition was beautifully presented in the upper chamber of the Old Town Hall of
Lampeter, which has been the Welsh Quilt Centre since 2009. There was information for
each quilt on its history, its fabrics and the reason it was made. One good story concerned
a much-sought-after maker, who suffered terribly from migraines due to 12 hours a day
hand quilting, but tied a cold cloth round her head and carried on. At the age of 60 she
married and gave up her day job; history doesn’t tell whether the migraines stopped, but
we hope so!
Jen Jones herself was there on the day I visited, together with Sarah James, who
designed this exhibition. The enthusiasm of them both for welcoming visitors and showing
them the quilts made it a very enjoyable day out. And there is a very well-stocked quilt
shop, Calico Kate, just next door. Highly recommended that you go to both if you are in
Wales.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
2nd August 9.30 am.
We are looking forward to welcoming Vicky Woodcraft who will tell us about
the work of Herts for Refugees and what happens to the quilts we donate to
them.
NO EVENING MEETING IN AUGUST
6th September 9.30am Sewing Morning
20th September 7.30pm Kay Goddard will be talking about Underground
Railroad quilts.