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Local news and events.

Easter News

We had a productive monthly Wednesday making wonky houses recently. I’m annoyed I don’t have any photos of the blocks we made. We can keep making these blocks, cut to 12 ½ inches square, and will then make them up into as many quilts as we can. So keep stitching, folks. We have dates for monthly Wednesdays after Easter: April 20th, May 11th and June 22nd. As we have a show coming up in the … Continue reading Easter News

Next Refuge day, Wednesday March 16th

Refuge day, Wednesday March 16th 11am to 3pm We are planning a group quilt [or quilts] made of crazy house blocks which we can sell/raffle at the autumn show. On Wednesday Judith is going to show us how to make the blocks. So bring fabric bits [though we have a box full already], cutting equipment and a sewing machine [or you can cut pieces on Wed to take home for sewing]. This isn’t your only … Continue reading Next Refuge day, Wednesday March 16th

Money, money

Chalford’s Jumble Sale today has made £352.74 so far. There is a bit more to come in from selling unwanted textiles, plus we have some boxes of the best leftovers for the shop. Success. Thanks to all who helped, or spent their money there. It was lots of hard work, but we have enabled other Stroud folk to help the refugees in Calais, Dunkirk and beyond. And we have also provided lots of Stuff with … Continue reading Money, money

A Jumble of News

We have so far given about 4 quilts and 8 cushions to the Furniture Bank who are collecting household goods for the Syrian refugees moving into the Stroud District this year. And I have another 9 cushions which I hope to deliver tomorrow. The first family is due next month but accommodation is in short supply, so if you know anyone with a flat or house to let, please tell me [Fran] and I will … Continue reading A Jumble of News


We had a session on Wednesday this week making bags and cushions for the Haven. We managed to use up some of the furnishing fabric we have been given and have tidied up/binned the remaining bits. Sue Kerton is taking these, and some quilts, to our Haven contact, for them to use or sell as they see fit.   Next year our first Wednesday session will focus on starting a group quilt. Sue Kerton has arranged for us … Continue reading Update

November weekend – how it went

The Skills Share weekend went well; it would be good to have any photos or reports of what we did, for those who couldn’t or didn’t come to the sessions. For me [Fran], the first dyeing session gave mixed results. The most successful were the bits of fabric squeezed into jam jars half full of dye. Avril’s tie dyeing gave some good results. I was too hasty and undid two of my tie dyes when … Continue reading November weekend – how it went

October News

Today we counted the garments we have made for Dress a Girl. We have made 21 dresses and 3 pairs of shorts – see the dresses on the washing line below. Many have a crocheted bear in the pocket, made by Sue Collins. We have also started making plans for out Skills Share weekend on November 7th and 8th. Kath is going to coordinate the offerings with Sue Kerton and draw up a plan. Outsiders are welcome … Continue reading October News

Dress a Girl Around the World

Yesterday, Wed 16th September, we had a day session in Chalford Village Hall making dresses and shorts for street children, to be distributed by the organisation called Dress a Girl Around the World. We used very simple patterns, which allowed us to work quite quickly and get a sense of achievement from the day. As the photos show, there was a good atmosphere in the hall and we finished about 10 items. We now have a box … Continue reading Dress a Girl Around the World

Next Autumn

We have fixed three days in the autumn [all Wednesdays] for working on projects for the refuge, or the Haven, or Dress a Girl Around the World. The dates are September 16th October 14th November 18th Nearer the time we can discuss what we will do on the first date, and what you will need to bring. As usual we will meet any time from 11am to 3pm. If you plan to be there at lunchtime, … Continue reading Next Autumn