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Workshop Day with Gillian Travis - March 2021

The weather may be warming up as spring arrives but Region 6 and guests from other parts of the UK were keen to learn from Gillian how to make delightful Scandinavian inspired jumpers out of felt and using some of the decorative stitches on our machines. The resulting jumper blocks could be mounted, used in greetings cards, or assembled with more little jumpers to make a wall hanging.  Have a look to see what we made in the 2021 Gillian Travis Workshop Gallery.   A very enjoyable day - thanks Gillian!Region 6 Angel Workshop - December 2020

Angel Workshop - December 2020

On a cold December morning quilters from Region 6 met over a virtual coffee to work along with local member Bobbie to make a delightful Christmas angel.  The results can be seen in our Angel Choir Gallery.  Thanks to Bobbie for a very enjoyable and productive morning. Adeste Fideles!

Region 6 Virtual Regional Day - October 2020

Following the success of our first Virtual Regional day in July 2020 we decided to use the Zoom format again. This time Kate Findlay led a workshop paced over the day during which she shared with us the technique for making Autumn themed Confetti Trees.  Some results can be seen in the Gallery. This was a fun and very effective technique which might possibly have created some mess had we attempted it at a face to face meeting!  Kate also talked to us about how her work has developed over the years and explained the design principles behind some of her more recent works.

Oxfordshire Virtual Regional Day - July 2020

This time we did things a bit differently!  The venue was "In your own home" and you needed a Zoom link to take part. Thanks to the efforts of Tina and Jane C (Region 6 organisers) and Jo Avery we all had a wonderful, if tiring day.  Jo entertained us with a talk about her quilts and how her practice had developed over time, and we had a workshop which took place over the course of the day learning Jo's applique techniques to make a lovely quilted pouch.  Photos can be found in the Gallery.

We found there were many advantages to working virtually - no need to pack equipment into your car, get up early or drive a long way.  Everything we needed was to hand as we were in our own spaces, and there were enough power sockets to go round!

However, we did miss the personal interactions which take place on a Regional Day even though time was allowed in the day for chat to other attendees.

Oxfordshire Regional Day - October 2019

Another highly enjoyable and successful day meeting up with old and new quilting friends from across Oxfordshire and Berkshire.  We were entertained by Gail Lawther who gave a talk about how gardens and the natural world have inspired her work over the years, and were able to see how the work had developed as Gail explored differing techniques.  Following a break for coffee, Gail then led a workshop where we made "Crazy Birds" - a fun project which involved hand sewing and "bling" to make a small, crazy patched bird to be used as a hanging ornament.

The PAT man paid us another visit so that we can take our machines to the increasing number of venues who require a PAT test for machines, irons, lights and extension leads (and anything else electric which you might choose to use in your sewing).  Julia Shay brought along the blocks she has collected so far for her Red House inspired quilt - now all she has to do is work out how to assemble them!  Many people were tempted by the well stocked (and I must say highly organised) trader. The Tombola boxes had their last fling and raised another £42 towards our total of £5000 + at the FoQ.  Of course there was Show and Tell, and finally a birthday cake to celebrate the Guild's 40th birthday this year.  Gail was asked to cut the cake after Tina had several goes at eventually persuading the sparklers to light.

Why not have a look at the photos of the day in the Gallery section of this site.