Friday, 17 September 2021

And we're off!

And, what a fabulous turnout of 18; would've been 19 had it not been for the demonstrations blocking the M25. 

Several members remembered to bring something for show-and-tell and we saw an array of finishes, some from recent Zoom workshops, some from pre-Covid face-to-face workshops, new work and entries for competitions, and items for charity and future fund-raising. 

We made a start on our planning with a view to having a new programme in place for January 2022  and also started to discuss the structure of the group and membership and how it'll all run going forward. 

The other thing we talked about was our next exhibition. The last, and our first exhibition, was in 2018 to celebrate the 5th anniversary. At the time, the intention was to hold an exhibition every three years but this never happened and then you-know-what happened.  The group started in 2013 so 2023 will be our 10th-anniversary year. It seems sensible and achievable to go with 2023 for our next exhibition, fingers crossed!

Sunday, 12 September 2021

WCQ gets going again

September sees WCQ resume face-to-face meetings now that Covid restrictions have been eased. We've been Zoom-ing through Covid and, until the end of the year, we'll keep Zoom-ing on the first Wednesday of each month and meet face-to-face on the third Wednesday of each month. Like everyone else, we're keeping everything crossed for no more lockdowns.

WCQ may look a bit different going forward. We'll be replanning until the end of the year with the expectation of having a programme in place commencing January 2022.

We're still hoping to hold a workshop with Gail Lawther (it's been postponed a couple of times now) and the workshop with Pat Archibald has already been rearranged for April 2022. Both of these will be face-to-face workshops. 

Monday, 26 April 2021

One year on.......

The last blog was 4th May 2020. We're almost one year on now and looking forward, with everything crossed, to June 21st 2021 when step 4 of the Government's roadmap kicks in and we can start planning a return to some sort of normal.

In the meantime, we've been meeting on Zoom; every Saturday for a quick chat plus the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings when we'd have met face-to-face pre lockdown.

Having been rescheduled, our workshop with Gail Lawther is in the diary for September 2021 and the workshop with Pat Archibald is in the diary for 2022. Everything else needs to be revisited.

It's like starting again! What will the new 'normal' look like?

Monday, 4 May 2020

Safe at home....

With lockdown now in week 7 and here, I'm guessing, for some time beyond the current May 7 milestone, we've moved the group online. Even if lockdown is lifted in some way on May 7, the impact will be felt for many, many months to come.

Show-and-tell is now on our Facebook page on a fortnightly basis and, as of the week before last, we introduced a weekly Zoom video call on Saturday mornings. Both are working quite well and are 'well attended'. Certainly, everyone is keeping busy, with many of the group making masks, ear-savers for the masks, scrubs and laundry bags; others are working through their UFOs, trying something new and/or revisiting stuff. Oh, and lots of baking is going on too.

If you're really stuck for inspiration or just want a change, there are lots of online events/challenges/projects to take part in. These are just a few:

Dionna Swift, Janice Gunner and Magie Relph have a virtual quilt challenge and are inviting people to make a log cabin block (Janice has written the requirements) and, for the moment, submit a photo to an online gallery. I think 300+ blocks have been made so far. also have a community stitch challenge that's now in week 6. This one's running on their Facebook page.

Region 8 also has moved its coffee mornings online (you bring your own coffee and cake to this one!) and has organised postcard swaps. Both are taking place on their Facebook group.

It's never too late to join in with #the100dayproject. Largely on Instagram, there is also a Facebook page and the website. Use the hashtags  

#the100dayproject and #the100dayproject2020 to see the diversity of projects.

Stay safe everyone. 

Friday, 7 February 2020

First post of 2020

Well, February already. 

No photos from January's meetings. The first meeting of the year was a quiet affair, but more people came out than were expected to given it was New Year's Day.

The second meeting in January was 'a first' for us, "Gadget Night" - bring your favourite sewing gadget or, if you don't have a favourite, the most useless gadget. Most people managed to bring something portable and it was interesting to see how 'low tech' were all the gadgets. Some people discovered a new tool didn't know they needed and others found out how to use a tool they'd forgotten about! And, there was even one pretty useless gadget thad come as the 'free gift' with something else. 

Here are a handful photos from last Wednesday's show and tell. Lots of finishes this time.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Ho, Ho, Ho! Secret Santa here!

Well, as we've all been good this year, Secret Santa called at last night's meeting and brought handmade crackers. 

Here are a few of the postcards received too. 

We also had a quiz (many thanks to Katie for arranging), two rounds of multi-choice questions on sewing and Christmas - and it wasn't that easy. Well done to quiz winner Sara for getting thirty-something out of forty correct answers.

Our meetings wouldn't be the same without cake and a huge 'thank you' to our star baker Sarah.  Last night's chocolate sponge was especially festive with 'star' shaped sprinkles. 

Happy Christmas one and all!

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Coach Trip

Today we went on a coach trip to the Lady Sew & Sew warehouse in Henley-on-Thames. I think it's fair to say the visit exceeded most, if not all, expectations. 

After a 2 hour journey we arrived earlier than expected and were greeted with tea/coffee/biscuits and a place to leave our coats & bags. This was followed by a short briefing of what to expect once in the warehouse.

Before tucking into our packed lunches, we we treated to a 30 minute talk about Bosal products and their use in bag making, shown lots of examples and given a few tips.

After lunch we were treated to 'supermarket sweep' where a member of staff selects a number of products from the warehouse to talk about and show visitors. The staff take it in turns to do this and each one selects different items to talk about.  We were shown new wool products and patterns, some sewing kits, advent calendars, books and items that might be suitable for Christmas gifts.

Prior to leaving, Vanessa talked to us for about one hour about waddings, and showed us examples of the waddings stocked. 

The talks/demos etc are optional and can be tweaked to suit the visiting group; we were happy go go with the flow and the suggestions made by the staff.

Otherwise it was all shopping time in the wool shop and the fabric shop. Having settled out bills, we left at 3pm and enjoyed another good run home. Everyone came home with at least one carrier of goodies and a few projects added to their UFOs.

We were made very welcome by knowledgeable and friendly staff. This is a trip very much recommended if you have the opportunity and one we're likely to repeat for those unable to join us this time.