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What's on in August.....

1st August - Sit and Sew, Show and Tell - come and spend a relaxing morning sewing with like minded friends, bring along your latest creations and let us all see what you have been up to...

15 August - Christine Holyhead's workshop "Layer, Trace & Stitch"

inspired by a course she went on with Wendy Dolan.

A message from Christine:

Just a fun morning for the summer holidays!


Inspired by a Wendy Dolan course (with her permission) to help us make a textile picture.

Like her there will be a free tool for every member of this workshop!

The result can be pure stitching, maybe some applique or enhanced with light painting.


It will encourage you to tackle a non-literal, more abstract approach, or help create ideas for you to complete the Xmas challenge of “Your Favourite Artist”.


By layering tiny different size pieces of natural fabrics we will create a thick textured background to enhance the main ideas in your design. Using 3 ideas from your title we will alter the sizes and perspective to create variety and surprising results.


  • Please bring your “favourite artist idea” (or alternative, just in case)
  • 3 main images on paper to mess around with, photocopied in various sizes is great
  • Paper scissors
  • Ordinary sewing machine with kit and lots of pins
  • Embroidery/open toe foot
  • Calico background with ample spare edge space
  • Vilene base if you can find thick piece, or extra cotton, wadding isn’t easy to draw on
  • Bonda web 12” square if you like real security
  • Very small pieces of natural fabrics that are textured or fraying (I will bring loads)
  • Any natural lace /ribbons in small pieces
  • Coloured fabric pieces specific to your picture, only if you know they are to be included
  • Neutral, cotton threads for textured base (to absorb paint if you use it)
  • Bold threads for the design. polycotton is fine as it stretches
  • Tracing paper (I will also bring)
  • Soft pencil, (Wendy’s sequence doesn’t use frixion pens but you can choose these)
  • A large tray to take possible wet picture (if you paint)


I will bring paints, and varied brushes, sponges, wood block prints

also kids book of pictures to trace from if you just want easy peasy!!

29 August - all day workshop 10-4pm

Judi Mendelssohn

New York Beauty

The ever-popular Judi is back with another fun workshop in which she will be teaching us how to create a New York Beauty block in several different sizes.  You could then go on to use this technique in a cushion, wall hanging or go all out to make a quilt.

Requirements and pictures below.....

The cost will be £25 for the day, tea/coffee/biscuits available all day but you will need to bring your own lunch.

There is a sign up list for you to add your name.

Message from Judi -

This is definitely a technique learning day. You will make one, maybe two or three
different blocks – you could make cushions or a small hanging, or go on to make lots
for a quilt – but for the day it will be learning how to construct a block using
foundation piecing and curved piecing. I will be providing patterns for several
different designs based on the New York Beauty idea.

List of requirements
1. Sewing machine, not forgetting foot pedal, extension lead etc etc. Straight line
sewing only so you don’t need fancy machine. Quarter inch foot if at all possible.
2. Rotary cutting equipment, but easy to carry smaller board, ruler etc will be fine
3. Pencil and ruler (if possible an ordinary ruler as well as rotary one)
4. If you have an ‘Add a Quarter’™ ruler bring it but its not essential
5. Scissors for fabric and paper
6. Small scissors with points that will snip right at the end
7. Piece of card (an old postcard with straight edges is ideal)
8. Neutral thread
9. Freezer paper
10. 3 pins (yes that does say three pins)

FABRICSYou need a background and two or three other fabrics, which have some contrast
within them. For example, white background, red and blue other pieces, or black
background and say gold and turquoise. If you have half a metre of background and
two or three fat quarters of others you will have plenty. Big prints and directional
fabrics not so good and can cause a headache!

Any queries beforehand please phone 01684 276753 (mobile 07889 753587)
Judi Mendelssohn. email:

Jenny Stoner's beautiful church altar cloth panels are now in position for the Summer.  The colour in the roses is captured in the stained glass window - it is well worth popping into St James' Church to have a look.  Well done Jenny!

Luna Lapin comes to Campden Quilters

20 June

Evelyn showed us how to make a Sac a Tarte today and also talked a little about how she makes her Luna Lapin rabbits.

Both Christine Smiths brought their rabbits in to join the party!

Coming in July.......

4 July - Sit and Sew, Show and Tell

Come along and share your latest creations with us all.


Jane will be having a fabric sale with metres at £3 and half metres for £1.50.  There are sure to be some wonderful fabrics available from Jane's large stash!  Cash only.

20 July - Part Four of the Hawaiian Quilt Along

Also - making small items for the exhibition sales table and tombola.  Fabric and patterns to be provided by your committee (or bring your own idea). 


you can just bring your latest project and sit and sew!

Jenny Stoner's presentation "Me and My Quilts"

On 16 May Jenny brought along 4 bags of her quilts that she had made over the years. This came about from a chance remark someone made that it's a shame all these beautiful quilts are hidden away in boxes and suitcases or heaped up on the spare bed - they really need to be seen and admired!  So Jenny's presentation is the first of what we hope will take place a couple of times a year.  She also brought along 2 photograph albums because obviously a lot of her quilts have been given away as presents but mostly she managed to photograph them before they left her.  

Well done Jenny - we all thoroughly enjoyed seeing your quilts!

Delivery of NHS Property Bags 

Following a wonderful effort by Campden Quilters, 28 property bags have been delivered to Gloucester NHS Trust to be distributed to hospitals in the area.  The end of life care team have expressed their huge thanks to all of us for making these bags.  I am sure they will let us know if they need more.....

Thank you team - you were brilliant!

Coming in June.........

6th June - Sit and Sew, Show and Tell

Sit and relax and enjoy a morning of sewing, plus have a look at all the wonderful things our members have been making.

20th June - Member led workshop - Evelyn's "Sac a tarte"

Evelyn is going to show us how to make a portable container in which to carry a tart/flan/quiche away from home.

Requirements as follows:

This carrier takes an 11” flan dish

Outside fabric and handles 1/2 metre x WOF

Lining fabric sufficient to cut one piece 30” x 15”

Wadding sufficient to cut one piece 30” x 15”

Thread to match the outside fabric

Sewing machine and walking foot

Safety pin medium size

Cutting equipment ie mat, rulers and rotary cutter

See below for information about the Hawaiian Quilt Along

Hawaiian Quilt Along 2024

This is a bi-monthly class led by Rachelle and Chris Smith where you add to the quilt every other month and you will end up with a beautiful quilt involving some interesting techniques.  Do join in the fun and watch your creation grow throughout the year!  

Requirements list has been sent out so you can get your fabrics together and Part One has been rolled out.  If you need any of the instructions again please get in touch.

Part Two was launched on 21st March and you will all have had the cutting instructions etc emailed out to you. Again, you will have 2 months to complete Part 2.


Part 3 was launched on 16th May so by the end of July to stay on track you will need to have added the blocks around the central panel and prepared the 4 Hawaiian corner blocks.

Part 4 was launched on 18 July - these are the 4 flying geese borders to which you will add your 4 corner Hawaiian blocks.  To stay on track you will need to have completed this part by the end of September.

You are now nearing the end.......

Please speak to Rachelle or Chris Smith if you have any queries......


If you would like to have a sale the cost of a table is £10 and you get to keep all the money you make (so you can buy more fabric......)!  If you only have a small amount to sell you could buddy up with a friend and pay £5 each.  Please see any member of the committee who will arrange a date to book you in at one of our "sit and sew" meetings.

Campden Quilters Shop

We have a wonderful quilters shop here at Campden Quilters where you can buy basics at a competitive price.  So if you break a needle, run out of thread, have a blunt rotary blade etc. etc. we can replace it for you!  Remember - Jenny also supplies 80-20 wadding 90" wide.  See home page for latest prices.

Jenny's Back to Basics Block of the Month 2022

Here are some of the completed Back To Basics quilts and we look forward to seeing more as 2023 progresses!

December 2023 : there is still one more BOM quilt to be finished!




Christine Smith


Chris Smith

Angie Weaver


Evelyn Lyon