Workshop with Jenny Barlow, September 2019
Late September - an ideal time for a workshop from an expert wholecloth quilter showing us how to draw and transfer our own designs for beautiful wholecloth quilts. We traced around coins, drew feathers, leaves and shells amongst other patterns and with Jenny's support assembled our patterns to make our own designs which we then started to quilt (with the aid of a house brick or a 2kg pack of rice - just ask someone who was there!) Jenny made everything easy and achieveable, although many of us did feel very tired after a day of focussed concentration. Thanks to Jenny for such a valuable day, and thank you for agreeing to come to Witney again in November to lead a second day for those unable to attend in September.
There are no photos of this event as we spent a lot of time working on paper and transferring the designs, so there was little part finished work on cloth to see at the end of the day.
St Mary’s Church, Witney, July 2019
As part of the 775th anniversary celebrations of Witney’s parish church, Buttercross Quilters designed and made a quilt featuring aspects of the church and the church year. This was exhibited at the recent Flower Festival held at the start of July, and presented to the church at the end of the weekend. Nineteen members and one former member of Buttercross collaborated to produce the quilt shown in the photo. Thanks go to the following for their hard work on this project: Margaret M, Chris H, Sheila H, Jane W, Fiona, Sue W, Mary, Sue S, Jane C, Bridget, Helen, Row, Ann T, Carolyn, Aileen, Julie, Henriette, Steph, Bobbie and Doreen.
Circles Workshop – April 2019
Buttercross Quilters were delighted to welcome back Sheena Roberts from Green Man Quilts following our successful and enjoyable experience of Fibonacci inspired quilt construction in April 2018.
This time we were led round in circles! Who knew what could be achieved with a drawing pin and some masking tape? Sheena first of all demonstrated how to sew a perfect circle (carefully) using the pin and tape method, and then encouraged us to enhance our circle by experimenting with the embroidery stitches on our machines, or by couching a circle of textured thread. The hall reverberated with delighted cries as we completed the circles – and they joined up.
Other techniques for using circles were available in Sheena’s comprehensive and explicit handout. Various methods were experimented with by those at the workshop and we had a good show of completed circle samples at the end of the day. We can now go away and find ways to use these techniques in our quilts.
This was a day where everyone succeeded – from the newer quilters among us, to those with experience, and attendees went away pleased with their successes.
Thank you Sheena.
Other pictures from the day are available on the Gallery page.
Free Motion Machine Quilting Workshop – October 2018
Led by Julie Ingram Johnson this workshop aimed to enable the complete novice free motion quilter to “have a go” in a safe environment, whilst also encouraging those of us who had tried it before to challenge ourselves and push the boundaries.
With quilt sandwiches thoughtfully provided by Julie we started in the morning with some nervous and wobbly shapes – somehow several of us seemed to have a left hand list to our freehand stars! As confidence progressed the shapes we were attempting became much more recognisable and by lunchtime several people were experimenting with pictorial pieces, such as umbrellas, plants and flowers, and topical figures. After lunch we were all keen to start pushing boundaries and there was much divergent work ranging from a variety of contemporary infill patterns to a depiction of Mount Fuji (or was it Mount Doom?). A few examples are shown below, there are more on the Gallery page of this website.
Thanks go to Julie for giving us the confidence to be more experimental, and also for sharing with us her tip for how to free motion quilt a pattern on a whole quilt with relative ease. Want to know how? - ask someone who attended the workshop and we will explain the idea.
Exhibition June 2018
In June 2018 Buttercross Quilters put on a very successful exhibition using the space kindly provided by the Methodist Church. The chairs were cleared (and mapped for return to their correct positions in time for the Sunday service), the quilt stands were erected, the quilts were hung, the sales table and tombola set up and the exhausted team stood back to marvel at how lovely our quilts looked filling the space of the church. The response from visitors was very encouraging with lots to see and plenty of room to walk round and appreciate the quilts, small and large, and also to see the small side exhibitions featuring the work of one of our founder members, along wih some antique textiles owned by one of our members, amongst other interesting items.
Only one picture is shown here – the star of the show – the Visitor’s Choice – Jane, with her “Dear Jane” quilt. This is an exquisite piece of work requiring many hours of sewing and much patience to construct the 169 5” square blocks. This type of quilt has its’ origin in a quilt made during the American Civil War and completed in 1863. (We don’t think our Jane has been working on hers for quite that long!)
Other pictures from the exhibition are on the Gallery page.
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!
We meet at 7.30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at:
40, High Street,
Please note - this is a new room from September 2019.
Phone: Jane 07737 561 194
Our next meeting:
Tuesday February 11th
Crazy Quilts - a talk by Ani Catt, one of our members.
Visitors - £5 - to be deducted from membership fee if you join the group.