16th July 2024

Evening meeting, Speaker: Emily Jo Gibbs.

Some of Emily’s vessels and handbags

Emily gave us a fascinating talk and slideshow, describing her artistic journey and showing examples of her work. Born into an artistic family, she studied design at university and then started her career designing and making handbags and other vessels as shown above.

Later she developed a technique for making textile portraits using linen and organza. Her subjects were initially members of her family and friends, before moving on to other projects and commissions. We were very interested to hear how they were made. The portraits were delightful.

Portraits of Emily’s mother and her sons
other portraits

Emily has also worked with other artists, creating their portraits by focusing on the tools they use in their trade. She explained how she produced the stunning panels, working from photographs. Altogether it was a most enjoyable evening. Thank you, Emily.

18th June 2024

AGM and Summer Party

We had a lovely evening at our AGM and Summer party. Reports were read by the committee, reviewing the club events for the year. The retiring chair and secretary, were thanked for their work on the committee and a new committee were elected (see the committee page for details. We then enjoyed delicious food brought by members and puzzled over Jennie’s quilting quiz.

There were 8 impressive entries for the challenge ‘Life Aquatic’ and it was difficult to chose between them. Mary won the plate, gaining the most votes with her beautiful panels ‘Above and below the sea’ . Well done, Mary! Thank you to everyone who took part, it was good to see so many entries this year.

Second placed entries, Jennie and Carol

All entries

Reports, quizzing and thank you to Carol C.

21st May 2024

Workshop by Janet Goddard

Club member Janet taught us how to prepare cathedral windows and we started a pin cushion project. It looked very complicated at the start, but turned out to be a really satisfying task! Thank you, Janet.

By coincidence, Francesca had recently finished a cathedral window panel that she had started 40 years previously, using fabric from her wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses!

9th to 12th May 2024

We had a stand at Living Crafts at Hatfield House and received a lot of interest in and appreciation for our work. We talked to several ladies who were interested in coming along to our meetings.

16th April 2024

Club member Barbie Edwards helped us to learn how to do Somerset folded patchwork.

19th March 2024

Janice Gunner, textile artist and quilter talked us through her Japanese journey. She showed us slides of her several journeys to Japan, and explained many of the techniques she had learned and workshops she had run and attended. She told us the fascinating history of the indigo dying industry in Japan. She the shared with us many pieces of her work, some of which are shown below.

17th February 2024

Speaker Maria Thomas showed us some of her very unique work and told us about her creative journey and how her family had influenced her work.

Speaker Maria Thomas. Feb 24
Maria Thomas. Feb 24
Pinnies for her Aunts. Maria Thomas. Feb 24

29th January 2024

January Sewing Retreat

18 ladies had a productive and relaxing weekend at Denham Grove Hotel, sewing, chatting, learning from each other and spending lots of money on Sheila’s amazing fabrics.

Here we all are, busy with our machines and pieces.

We worked hard on our own projects, but also took time out to play a few games. This was the fat quarter exchange.

At the end of last year’s retreat we were set a challenge to make a heatproof casserole mat or pot holder. These were wrapped and exchanged anonymously within the group. The variety in the products made and the skills shown in making them, was amazing. The whole set is shown below.

The last event was a secret Santa type gift exchange. Here you can see some of the lovely gifts we received from each other.

At the end of our weekend away we were all very pleased with the outcome of our hard work. It was very rewarding to have had so much uninterrupted time to spend on our projects. Here is what we achieved –

We would like to thank Elizabeth for organising the retreat this year, and for so many years.

Your hard work is very much appreciated by all.

5th December 2023

Gift Boxes

At our morning meeting, Jennie gave a demonstration and workshop on making gift boxes. Lots of boxes were completed!

14th October 2023

Our Outstanding Quilt Exhibition!

A most successful event and a tribute to the hard work of many of our members, particularly the exhibition committee. Well done everyone.

So many beautiful quilts!

3rd October 2023 : morning meeting

Ginny gave us a demonstration of quilting projects with ribbons. She also brought a plentiful supply of ribbons, so that we could all have a go!

19th September 2023

Sarah Humphrey talked us through her quilting journey with many examples of the wonderful, colourful quilts she has made.

18th July 2023

We had an inspiring talk by Deb McGuire called A Scant History of Patchwork and Quilting. She showed us many of the beautiful quilts that she has made while researching the history of quilting.

4th July 2023

Mead Quilters thank Heather for all her hard work as chair this year.

3rd April 2023: Mead Quilters presented some of their breast cancer cushions for patients at St Albans City hospital. Here is the news article from Raise, the West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals charity.

A friendly quilt guild based in Wheathampstead, has been busy sewing up a storm to create beautiful little cushions for the breast clinic at St Albans City Hospital.

Over 200 of these little cushions are given out to patients at the breast clinic every year, and are used under the arm for comfort following surgery and placed under a seat belt to protect the surgical area.

The Mead Quilters are a group of sewing enthusiasts who have been meeting and sewing for more than 30 years. The group have been making the cushions for the breast clinic at St Albans City Hospital for the last six years after two of their members were diagnosed with cancer. In February the quilting group held a ‘cushion-a-thon and made over 300 cushions for the breast clinic. The industrious group also make bags to hold syringe drivers, primarily for palliative care patients at West Herts, to contain the medication that they can’t take orally.

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust chief nurse Tracey Carter (pictured above second right), and the breast care nursing team met with members from Mead Quilters to receive the cushions and say thank you for their incredible efforts.

“We are so grateful to the Mead Quilters who make the cushions and syringe driver bags for our patients. These will help patients at our hospitals during a difficult time. We’d like to thank everyone at Mead Quilters for their ongoing support and kindness.” Tracey Carter, chief nurse, West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust



Other Events

Kempton Park Quilt Show: 14th to 16th June 2024

Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham: 1st to 4th August 2024

Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace: 10th to 13th October 2024

Quilt Festival, Duxford: 1st to 3rd November 2024


Past Events:

Platinum Challenge: June 2022

At our June Party, members were able to vote for their favourite entry for the challenge. The theme was “Platinum” and the photos are shown below:


May 2022

At the beginning of the month Mead Quilter’s had a stand at the Living Crafts Show at Hatfield House.  This allows us to demonstrate the skill of our members in producing amazing quilts and allows us to promote quilting and patchwork.  (Photos are thanks to Janet Goddard)


Picture of Mead Quilter's stand at Living Crafts.
Quilt on display at Living Crafts
Quilt on display at Living crafts