Fibonnaci Workshop – April 2018
Eager to learn in a practical way how maths relate to our hobby of quilting, 20 keen stitchers assembled one Saturday to bravely have a go at re-creating an interpretation of the Fibonnaci sequence in cloth under the patient guidance of Sheena Roberts, Green Man Quilts. We cut in strips, we labelled it, sewed it together, cut it up again (this took a leap of faith!), labelled it and reconstructed it. (In between we did eat some cake.) Look what we produced!
September 2017 - Fine Cell Work
At our September 2017 meeting we were privileged to hear from Marjorie Coles about the work of Fine Cell, a charity that teaches prisoners the art of needlework to enable them to make products for sale and earn money whilst in prison. The men who participate generally have no sewing experience but with the support of volunteers they learn to make beautiful pieces of work for sale or to send out to friends and family. The skill provides them with a focus and occupation during the long hours in their cells.
Marjorie told us of her experience as a volunteer over many years, and we were treated to a special ‘show and tell’ of some of the work her students have created. The quality was amazing (see pictures below) and we were very humbled to learn that each prisoner was only allowed one needle and 10 pins. Scissors were only available during the class time, and if a prisoner worked on his project in his cell he would be restricted to using toe nail clippers to cut thread and fabric. We all felt very lucky to have access to our own sewing boxes!
Working with Project Linus
Following an inspiring talk from Lillian King in January 2016, a Buttercross member, Margaret Metcalfe was motivated to take on the role of Oxfordshire representative for Project Linus (making quilts for children who need a “hug”). Margaret has built up contacts at the John Radcliffe Hospital and with various charities and groups in Oxfordshire who work with children. She has also made contact with other quilters across the county who keep her supplied with quilts, breast pump bags (for lactating mothers of babies in SCBU) and “widgy” bags (for children in the Paediatric Oncology ward – the bag holds the small pump for the intravenous drugs).
Buttercross members are contributing to the project. On October 14th there will be a day at the Kidlington venue (details at end of Programme page) where we will make Christmas stockings for the Paediatric Oncology ward. You can also help by making a quilt, breast pump bag or “wiggly” bag. This is a really good way to use up left over fabrics and orphan blocks or try out a new block, technique or sewing machine.
Margaret recently received this email from one of the mothers whose baby has received a Linus quilt:
My name is Susie and I'm one of the mums who has a baby currently on the intensive care unit at John Radcliffe Hospital. I hope you don't mind me getting in touch but I wanted to pass on a big thank you to you and the group for the lovely blankets and bags you've sent to the ward recently. They are absoutely beautiful and very much appreciated. I picked a white banket with blue trim and have used it to keep my little boy, warm when having a cuddle. And the patchwork bag is proving very useful as a book bag for the story books I'm reading him.
I just wanted to let you all know that the hard work is very much appreciated, and to thank you for your kind support.
Quilts - should be no smaller than 40” x 40” up to single bed size, front and back in cotton, wadded with either cotton wadding, 80/20 wadding or fleece. There is currently a requirement for quilts suitable for teenage boys. Quilts should have no handsewing or embellishments such as decorative buttons etc.
Incubator quilts – to place over the incubators in SCBU, keeps the light low for the baby and helps the parents recognise “their” cot easily. 33” wide by 55” long
“Wiggly” bags – Cut width 4 1/2”, cut length 10”, straps – 2 – at least 13” long. 1/4” seam allowance is included.
Breast Pump Bag
Finished size 12 1/2" long by 9" wide (add seam allowance to these measurements). Bag should be lined and have 2 looped straps 41" long by
1 1/4" wide. No beads, buttons or sequins please. Machine embroidery is OK.
We meet at 7.30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at:
The Wesley Room,
40, High Street,
Please note - this is a new venue from January 2017.
Phone: Jane 07737 561 194
Our next meeting:
Tuesday October 9th
Angela Lechner from
will be leading a short workshop in hand patchwork
Visitors - £5 - to be deducted from membership fee if you join the group