Totley Brook Quilters

TOTLEY BROOK QUILTERS

For many years a keen group of quilters met in the junior church hall.   We are a friendly relaxed group who meet usually on the first Tuesday each month in the church.  Numbers have grown recently owing to the surge in popularity of crafts, particularly sewing and textiles, perhaps thanks to Kirstie and the Sewing Bee TV programmes. Although our main interest is quilting, there are strong links and overlap with many modern textile and embroidery techniques.

Skill levels of members vary and those new to quilting are most welcome.  I took up quilting when I retired and was delighted to find a group close by.  Some people are happy to sew on their own but I found the support of more experienced quilters hugely beneficial.  I also made new friends.  Many of us are members of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, who have a museum and their headquarters in York.  We enjoy visiting quilt shows to marvel at others’ skill, patience, creativity and imagination.  Last September, we had a display of quilts at Highfield church.

We often have demonstrations and hand sew mini blocks or try new techniques at meetings which are great fun.  A small committee plan our year’s activities and we try to have a well-known quilter speaker each year.  At meetings we’ve made: a Christmas decoration, a mini landscape picture, a windmill block, a mini tissue pack holder.  The group entered our ‘fishing for compliments’ mobile the International Quilt show, held at the NEC each August.  This was the first time we entered and it was not a traditional quilt!  We are preparing to enter another group quilt this year.

Quilters love to share, make charity quilts and spend time together, helping to resolve problem projects and always learning.  If you want to know more, do please come and join us at 7.30 on a Tuesday evening.

Shona Picken