Workshop photos - International Blocks

We have regular workshops at Southampton Quilters and this one was a particular success. With an International theme, 
Enid was Teacher for the day and we all made some fantastic blocks - some even made a quilt top in a day!!

We also had a yummy lunch on an international theme which we all contributed to!

These are just a few memories from the day. Keep an eye on the events diary for future workshops.
International day blocks

Our Pearl Anniversary Exhibition

Southampton Quilters are mounting a stunning display of quilts and other patchwork items to celebrate their 30th Pearl Anniversary on
Saturday 27th September at:

Hilldene Community Centre,
68 High Street,
West End,
SO30 3DU

Come along and marvel at the skills of our members, buy goodies from the Trade Stall, treat yourself to lunch with one of our delicious Ploughman’s and indulge in some seriously yummy cakes!

Our members have made two lovely quilts which we are raffling in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and these will be on display at the exhibition.
For those of you who have not experienced patchwork and quilting before, and would like to have a go, we are offering a Taster Day on
8th November at Hilldene – all details and leaflets at the Exhibition.

Exhibition Details:
Admission Price – Adults £2.50, Under 16s free
10 am – 4 pm, free parking (disabled access)
We look forward to meeting you at our Exhibition.

The Invisible Soldiers - Karin Boyles

Come along and join us for an evening with Karin Boyles and her very emotional talk on 'The Invisible Soldiers'

When: 6th June 2013  7pm
Where: The Underhill Centre, St Johns Road, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 4AF

All welcome

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('cloak4034b251a4315e142b9d6a31e4c4a571').innerHTML += ''+addy_text4034b251a4315e142b9d6a31e4c4a571+''; 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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