Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Last Runaway

I have just finished a wonderful book I picked up in a charity shop: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. It is all about quilting! Well, perhaps quilting is more of a theme running through the story, but there is plenty of sewing of various kinds, quilts galore, Quakers, slaves, journeys. I won’t say too much because I won’t spoil your fun. But if you want a good read, or a present for a sewing … Continue reading The Last Runaway

Charity shop bargain

Sue discovered this 1920s quilt in a local charity shop. It’s in need of a lot of TLC  and some of the colours have run slightly in the wash, but it includes some beautiful old fabrics. It has had a lot of use and if anyone out there has suggestions how to restore it we would love some tips. The back and front have both been pieced, but it has no wadding. At some stage in … Continue reading Charity shop bargain

Happy stitchers

Eleven Chalford stitchers met yesterday  to start making more quilts for our local women’s refuge [see Community involvement page]. We are starting by making a quilt using English paper piecing, with a simple design of 9-square blocks which we will join with sashing. That means people don’t need to lug machines along to the village hall, and can have a small portable bit of sewing to do anywhere. We shared a delicious lunch of local … Continue reading Happy stitchers

We’re famous

Chalford Stitchers

Fame at last!  Our handover of quilts to the refuge has got a mention in the Quilters’ Guild website. Read all about it! The Quilter’s Guild – News – Women’s refuge benefits from Chalford Quilts. We are continuing to make quilts and blankets, to give to the same refuge or another local refuge. (See Upcoming events.) There’s a chance to learn some new skills on the way. We may make crocheted blankets next maybe, as … Continue reading We’re famous