Co-ordinators Letter January 2019
It is my great pleasure to introduce myself as your new Regional Co-ordinator. But first, I must extend all our heartfelt thanks to Susan Brown who has carried out this role ably and with aplomb for several Years. Our best wishes to her as now she will have more time for family responsibilities and quilting!
Some of you might remember me as President of the Guild from 2012-2014 and National Treasurer before that. But that’s one thing, and being Regional Co-ordinator is another thing entirely. Especially in such a busy and vibrant region. So, please bear with me while I learn the ropes and hopefully start to contribute to the vibrancy. It is wonderful for me to have arrived in such an active Region.
I arrived in Cholsey, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, in July this year. Although I only moved into my house at the end of October. Since when, I have been immersed in boxes and decisions about what should go where. Luckily, there is a small studio of sorts in the garden so everything to do with sewing is in there. It is a little alarming to see it all in one place though!
Now, as you know, our Region is responsible for the Tombola at Festival of Quilts next year and we are making Small Bags and Boxes to put things in. Many were made at the Regional Day at Benson and I saw more coming in at both coffee mornings. However, we do need to galvanise the nation as well so we will be launching a dedicated website for the boxes and bags in the New Year. In the meantime, please keep making them using your own patterns or those on the Guild website.
Finally, huge thanks to everyone who has made things happen over the last few months. The Regional Day at Benson with Linda Seward was interesting, inspiring and engaging. As were the two coffee mornings, with the one in Oxfordshire hosted by Henriette Kerr and the one in Berkshire by Melyn Robinson. Luckily,all involved delicious cake too!
Whenever and wherever you read this, all best wishes for a wonderful holiday time and New Year and...
Coordinators Letter - September 2018
Hello, and a very warm welcome to any new members who have joined us recently.
The Festival of Quilts is now over for another year, and as the dates for 2019 have moved forward slightly to 1-4 August 2019, we now have 51 weeks to get busy and sewing and make boxes for the tombola. We had a few made for our Berkshire Regional Day in March and boxes will be a focus for the Oxfordshire Day workshop on 6 October, after a talk with Linda Seward. Please come and join in and help us reach a target total of 2000! There are some simple tutorial links on the website. Anything goes, so please don’t be daunted.
Did you go to Festival? It was very busy. There was a fantastic array of quilts on display, both competition quilts and in galleries. Personally, I loved the Best in Show, which was, refreshingly, made by an amateur. Congratulations must go to Annelize Littlefair for her 2nd place in the Traditional Category and to Sandra Newton for her Miniature Quilt, also placed 2nd. However, not all quilts win awards, but they are nonetheless important, for without them we would have no show, and I know that other members in our Region were also exhibiting their creations. Congratulations to you all. Well done also to the girls who work with Gill Towell at GillyMac Designs and were able to contribute to the “In the Spotlight Exhibition” to represent our Region. It was great to see some of your more recent pieces on display and not just in a photo.
We are still looking for committee members. It is possible for these roles to be shared and you will be fully supported to come on board and take over. Please help. Stay safe and well, and Happy Sewing!
Obituary - Una Rowson
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Una Rowson, who many of you will have known and loved. Una took up quilting in the 1990’s, and undertook a City&Guilds course in Patchwork and Quilting. She was a founder member of the Round Robin Quilters, and attended many Quilt Shows, Quilters’ Guild functions and Hexagon Quilters meetings. An avid fabric collector and quilt maker, Una specialised in hand appliqué. Famous for her amazing Baltimore quilts, she was inspiring, and always very supportive and helpful to new quilters. Una was always stylishly turned out and despite her failing health she was always cheerful. Our condolences go to her daughter, Kirstie Howell, and all their family. A wonderful lady, she will be sorely missed.
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