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December 2012 newsletter

December 2012 Newsletter

Hello Everyone

Our Christmas meeting at last! Really looking forward to it, especially the Toy Challenge and our Secret Santa - must be the child in me! Mince pies and drinks, our Trader - Tracey Pereira - and a few laughs.

Hope to see you all there!

So sorry I had to miss our November meeting, but as we always say -family must come first for all of us.

Don’t forget there's no meeting in January.

"From template to the Internet" is the title of our February talk with Valerie Nesbitt and Isabelle Soulet and their workshop the following Saturday is "Foundation Piecing". Do please sign up for this with Mandy if you would like to try this technique.

Following the AGM at our March meeting, the workshop on 9th March 2013 is our International Quilting Day and all the items on offer will be on displayat the December meeting. Members from all local groups are invited and flyers are being sent out. This is a chance to make a group quilt with your housegroups and is a good opportunity for new members to try some simple blocks and get to grips with a few new techniques.

That's all for now folks. See you next week.

Enid Mulholland

This month….

  • Articles from our members
  • Our very own Southampton Quilters website
  • Next meeting
  • Editorial contact


New “Sew And Chat” Group?


The Committee have been discussing the idea of forming a new “Sew and Chat” group and we would like to know your views.

The current idea is to form a group to run alongside Southampton Quilters but which would be self-funding. It is suggested that we meet twice a month at Bishopstoke (say, once during the week and once on a Saturday - to give everyone the chance of coming along). The cost to members would, of course, depend on the number of people interested but ideally there would be a small additional annual fee which is intended just to cover the cost of hiring the hall. It is not intended that the group should interfere with existing house groups but rather give the opportunity to “sew and chat” to more members than currently is the case. There would be no leader – we would just help one another when needed and perhaps do group projects.

The idea will be discussed at our December meeting so please come along and let us know what you think.

Margaret Jefferies


 An Evening with Linda Bar-On


Why Linda Bar-on?


Linda is Chris Yates' sister; she lives in Israel.


 If you search for Linda Bar-on, you will find a mention in:



Planet patchwork


Quilting, Israeli style


-       Carrefour Europeen du patchwork - France where she exhibited for Israel.


About a month ago, my quilt group had the pleasure of spending an evening at the home of quilter, Linda Bar-On. She gave us the run of her house, served a wonderful spread, and treated us to a show-and-tell of her incredible quilts. Linda's home is a wealth of textiles: small, woven carpets cover chair seats and stools, hand-made curtains cover the windows; patchwork hangings even decorate the door frames.


In her quilts, Linda’s colour choices are often inspired by her carpets and she uses many “ethnic” fabrics: Ikat cottons, textured hand-dyes, as well as used clothing. Linda works mostly by hand, layering her quilts with appliqué, hand-embroidery, and embellishments such as beads, buttons, shells, even coffee beans. Then she adds tons of hand-quilting.


Linda researches her subject matter, which is generally drawn from her list of “likes”. Included on that list are tigers, Biblical themes, and “women with attitude”. Her quilts often comment on important social issues such as the current political situation or feminism.


My group could have spent many more hours examining the fine details and small, embedded surprises, and hearing the stories behind Linda’s quilts. Linda is currently at work on a new series, for a solo exhibit that will coincide with the annual summer meeting of the Israel Quilters’ Association. Planned opening: 1 July, 2012, in Jerusalem’s “House of Quality”. Mark your calendars. Linda's quilts are definitely something to see.








Canadian Red Cross Quilts


Anna Mansi from the Canadian Red Cross Quilt Research Group visited


Shirley Quilters on Thursday 15th November.


Driven by a mixture of patriotism and altruism, Canadian women made quilts by the thousand during World War II. Although most of them have worn out, or have been discarded by the descendants of the original owners, some few remain treasured reminders of the kindness of strangers in a difficult and frightening time.


The makers of these quilts remain anonymous as they were seen as a gift from Canada to Britain. A small label was sewn to each quilt, printed with the words “Gift of the Canadian Red Cross Society”


They were given to people who had lost all their belongings in the bombing raids, to hospitals, to the armed forces and to refugees from mainland Europe.


The aim of the group is to rescue as many as they can and form a joint collection. They also want to raise the profile of these quilts both in the quilting world and with the general public by giving talks.


The talk was widely advertised among the quilters’ community and locally on Radio Solent. One lady in the audience heard about it and came to listen to a very interesting talk with authentic quilts and real stories. At the end of the talk she told us that she had brought a Canadian Red Cross quilt with her, identified by the label. The quilt was made with suiting material (wool) in excellent condition and the speaker, Anna Mansi, could hardly believe it. The same lady, who is not a quilter, said that she probably had another one at home after looking at the other quilts on display.


If anyone suspects that they have a quilt which might date from the WWII, photograph it and send photos and description to Anna Mansi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.';document.getElementById('cloak6f51b6d408b0c2d37fd5289ae4c14964').innerHTML += ''+addy_text6f51b6d408b0c2d37fd5289ae4c14964+''; or contact The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles in York or take it to a local quilters group but please don’t put it in the dog basket! They are part of our heritage.


Anna Mansi is willing to give a talk to a large group (Quilters’ Guild) on a Saturday if/when we find the venue.


I have contacted the new Academy in Southampton with regard to using their premises but they have not answered yet. Watch this space!







My memory quilt creation


First of all a merry Xmas to everyone!


Sorry that I haven’t been to meetings for some time but I still think of you all. However, I thought you might like to see the photos of my latest creation. My daughter lost her husband 2 years ago and she gave me 16 shirts, said "Make me a memory quilt mum" Took me quite a while to get to it I am afraid.


However, Betty Jenkins gave me a 1998 Patchwork and Quilting book and inside was a letter from a lady in Ireland asking about a cuffs and collars quilt that she had seen at an exhibition. I wrote her (did wonder if she had moved of course) anyway, had a lovely reply and she sent me an Irish Quilt pattern so I thought I would have a go.


You see from the pics the outcome. The pattern did say the Irish would put an old blanket for the wadding, I did think about that but thought it would be too heavy so instead bought some cotton wadding and I was well pleased with the result. Thanks to Ann Underhill for the inspiration and also the photos.




June Oliver 




Useful websites with free patterns!


Its early days and I will be adding content (including the monthly newsletter) over the next couple of weeks, but we have our own website!


If you have any projects that you would like to share with the group or photographs of any finished masterpieces, please do send to Paula Goodeve at the editorial address at the bottom.


Our thanks to Alison Smith’s husband for developing the site and helping me with the technical stuff!


Our next meeting will be on Thursday 6th December 2012

Secret Santa and Toy Challenge evening


(including mince pies, drinks and Trader, Tracey Pereira)


Thought for the month……


Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.




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Items for the newsletter are always welcome J


Please send them, handwritten or e-mail Word files


by the 20th of the month, if possible, to


Paula Goodeve, 2 Grasmere Close, West End, Southampton SO18 3NP


Phone 07909 681967, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.';document.getElementById('cloak9f94abf78861a845b3ffa7f2a0e55cff').innerHTML += ''+addy_text9f94abf78861a845b3ffa7f2a0e55cff+'';



Newsletter - Nov 2012

Hello Everyone

I can't believe it's time for the next Newsletter. Where does the time go? I know where it's gone for me during the last fortnight - actually finishing off quite a lot of UFOs! Yes, really, including a large quilt for Liz, my daughter. I made the top over a year ago at a residential at Foxlease, but it was just getting around to finishing it, as it always is. Now I have to confess that the reason for the heads down and not stopping til it was all done, was the Church Arts, Crafts and Hobbies exhibition this weekend, and as I had actually put in an application form for table space and quilt stand, well I just had to come up with the goods. I suppose I always get things done under pressure! Now I have to make a quillow in the next ten days before I go off to Scotland for a weeks holiday, followed immediately by teaching the quillow at Foxlease the following Monday. Hey ho - life would be dull without a challenge or two.

And talking of my holiday to Scotland, for those of you not at the October meeting, I have to apologise that I will not be at the November meeting, because that's the day we go, therefore we will not be doing the blocks for our Charity quilt. Instead, because it's such short notice, the evening will be a "Sit, Sew and Chat" time for you to bring your own sewing and finish off some of those UFOs. So plenty for Show and Tell at our Christmas evening.

Our December meeting is our Christmas Social gathering, with mince pies and drinks, judging of the Christmas Challenge to make a fabric toy, the Secret Santa event where we all bring a small item we've made ourselves and put it, wrapped, into the Christmas Sack, ready for us all to "lucky dip" and see what we get. We're doing this as the meeting falls on 6th December which is St. Nicholas Day when traditionally gifts are distributed.

Tracey Pereira will be our Trader that evening. - "From Template to the Internet" is our February meeting with Valerie Nesbitt and Isabelle Soulet with their workshop "Foundation Piecing". Glad to say quite a few of you have booked in for this now that we have pictures and more details of the workshop.

The AGM is in March, followed by Jill from Pyne-needles on Candlewick Embroidery. The workshop in March is our International Quilting Day - see my article in the October Newsletter. Do have a good evening, sewing and chatting next week. I shall be thinking of you at our overnight stop to Scotland. Look forward to seeing you all in December.

Enid Mulholland

This month….

  • Articles from our members
  • Dates for your diaries
  • Next meeting
  • Editorial contact

Articles from our members

A recommendation for a couple of very good trips!

In September, 25 of us visited Whitchurch Silk Mill on a sunny morning and went to the National Needlework Archive in the afternoon. The day was perfect and even the more “blasé” of our members had to admit that it was an educative day without being too academic.

Whitchurch Silk Mill is the oldest working Silk Mill in Britain and is a powerful reminder of the Industrial Revolution. The mill nestles on an island in the beautiful River Test and the old water wheel is still in operation. In the lovely town of Whitchurch you will find many historic buildings and interesting specialist shops (doll house shop for example). We had an excellent guide who explained how the silk thread was created by the silk worm and showed us the different types of silks woven in the mill. The machinery is still in working order and the different stages of weaving are fairly easy to follow. After the visit we understood why silk is so expensive!

Whitchurch is in Hampshire RG28 7AL -

Our guide reminded me about the origin of the discovery which I had always assumed to be a fairy tale not the official version.

About 2700-2650 B.C.E., the Chinese began making silk.

The legend is that Lei-tzu (the emperor’s wife) was in her garden when she picked some cocoons from a mulberry tree, and accidentally dropped one into her tea. When she pulled it out, she found it unwound into one long filament. Then her husband built on this discovery, and developed methods for domesticating the silkworm and producing silk thread from the filaments -- processes that the Chinese were able to keep secret from the rest of the world for more than 2,000 years, creating a monopoly on silk fabric production. This monopoly led to a lucrative trade in silk fabric. It was another woman who helped to break the silk monopoly. About 400 C.E., a Chinese princess, on her way to be married to a prince in India, is said to have smuggled some mulberry seeds and silkworm eggs in her headdress, allowing silk production in her new homeland. She wanted, the legend says, to have silk fabric easily available in her new land. It was then only a few more centuries until the secrets were revealed to Byzantium, and in another century, silk production began in France, Spain, and Italy. For her discovery of the silk-making process, Lei-tzu is also known as Si Ling-chi, or Lady of the Silkworm.

The National Needlework Archive is housed in a stark building but the content is amazing. It stores a documentary and photographic record of textiles located in the community throughout the British Isles. The pièce de resistance is “The Country Wife”, a textile mural made in 1951 for the Festival of Britain by Constance Howard. This stunning 5m wide x 4.5m high 3D textile picture requires cleaning and conservation and is on show to the public while the work is in progress. There are temporary exhibitions and at the time of our visit, we admired works from Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles: “whatever floats your boat”.

The NNA is located in Greenham Business Park, Newbury, RG19 6HW




Jo Gough has very kindly offered to burn any images that you may have from the Festival of Quilts at the NEC on to a CD/DVD. Could you either give Jo the photographs on a USB stick or on the original card from your camera as she has a few different card readers she can use (Jo will of course return all your bits to you!).

Please can you either see Jo direct or pop your card/memory stick in an envelope with your name on marked for Jo’s attention.
Thank you.


A visit to York

My husband, Steve, and I were able to enjoy a holiday in York in late June when the weather was good and so we were able to explore without worrying about getting wet. We were lucky enough to see the Olympic torch in glorious sunshine as it went through York whilst we were there.

We visited the quilt museum and having walked from the other side of York, via Dutton’s for Buttons, we found the museum but in need of refreshment we visited the Italian delicatessen, Le Langhe, which is part of the same complex. After a delicious lunch we went to the museum and saw the exhibition “Celebrating Diversity” and “Small is Beautiful” which had several of our own Yvonne Blatchford quilts on display. The diversity exhibition was interesting with two quilts from each the countries in the European Quilt Association, some were very striking, well worth a look and the explanation booklet given to us by the guide was very useful.

St Anthony’s hall is a lovely building and a good place when it was rather warm outside but I can imagine it’s very cold in the winter. After several hours looking at the quilts and talking to the volunteer manning the exhibition we retired to the Italian for coffee and cake very yummy!! Before walking back to our holiday home.

As those of you who have the British patchwork and quilting will have seen the small article on the letters page from the guild appealing top people to visit if they are in York then certainly do so it’s worth it even of the museum is a little away from the main York attractions.



Three months for the price of One!

At our participation evening in November, we are not constrained to a strict timetable, so everyone will have time to chat, sew and have a good look at all the books on the library trolley + novels in a separate box. We also have several items of equipment for hire, which will be on display, to help with various techniques connected with patchwork and quilting, so do have a browse at these.

Various patterns/ project books will be on sale (donations)
*no library before February 2013!


Tracey Pereira at Quiltmehappy is our trader for December.

If you wish to have a preview of what she has on offer, look at her website; she has some very unusual material and trims., N.B. Tracey won’t be able to take cards on 6th December, so come with plenty of cash!


From Kate and Tracy who came to Southampton Quilters in September

With Christmas approaching we have the perfect opportunity for you to get creative and learn how to make some gorgeous unique handmade presents for your friends and family. Details of the workshop via the website link.

What? One Day Print and Dye Workshop £45
When? Saturday 3 November 2012 10am to 4pm

About this workshop. Shibori dyeing has been practised in Japan for over 1000 years and the ingenious methods of shaping and compressing fabrics before dyeing can produce amazing textiles. Throughout the day students will have the opportunity to produce a series of experimental samples exploring a variety of ways to manipulate fabric by plucking, binding, stitching and folding to create different pattern based on both traditional Japanese methods and contemporary adaptations. Students will also be able to create a simple printing block which can be used to create layering effects on their dyed samples.

Port and Lemon



What’s new in the library!
Many people have asked in the past if the library had a book on free motion quilting. There is now: Free-Motion Quilting, a beginner’s guide with 50+ visual tutorials and 6 quilt projects. It is a very good book!

There is a book on painting in the library called “The painted quilt” by Linda & Laura Kemshall. It is a good book but not for a beginner. Quote from the book “Noticing which quilts catch your attention at a show and spending a little time analysing why they appeal is an easy and enjoyable way to develop powers of observation and evaluation. You can find out a lot about yourself and your likes and dislikes this way.”