Programme 2017- 2018


September 16th - AGM. Guest speaker Pat Archibald - From Ideas to Finished Work.

PAT testing of appliances £3 per item


October 21st - Full day ‘Pick & Mix’ member-led workshops, covering several activities or

bring your own sewing for a social sewing day. Bring a packed lunch. Finish 3.30


November 18th - Guest speaker Karen Haggis - Nepalese Textiles and the Little Travelling Shop.

Members' De-Stash Sale - bring good quality items that you know you'll never use.



December 16th - Christmas Party, start time 10.30 am. Summertime Beach Party theme.




January 20th - Our newly-elected Vice-chair, Sally Cook, will talk to us about her quilting journey - or “What Kept Me Sane'

Also Quilters' Question Time - advice on quilting problems and conundrums from the expert panel. See Briefing



February 17th - Guest Speaker Pauline Macaulay - Talking Quilts oral history project


March 17th - Guest speaker Linzi Upton - Deviant Quilting: a humorous attempt to explain how some rather unusual 3D projects developed.


April 28th Guest Speaker Sheila Dalgleish will talk about her quilts and exhibitions - a chance to see the new work if you missed the February exhibition in the Dundas Gallery.


(Effie Galletly is no longer able to come to speak to us just now for personal reasons)


May 19th This is the opening day of our ’Transitions’ exhibition, so there will be no meeting this month.

More details to follow


June 9th Tweed, tweeed, tweed. start time - 10.30am.




Programme 2018 - 2019


Saturday 15 Sept 2018

9.30- 10.00 AGM Members only

10.00-12.00 Speaker: Mandy Patullo, ‘Thread and Thrift’.

Mandy recycles old quilts and vintage textiles. She uses them within textile collages to create new pieces which force the viewer to appreciate the old and worn and the memories that are released by using preloved fabrics and garments.


Note: there will be NO PAT testing of machines at this meeting


Scissor Sharpening: Mike Black will be sharpening scissors:

Large cast iron: £10 Cutting out: £5 Small scissors : £2 Pinking : £7.50


12.30-3.30 Workshop: Mandy Patullo, Folk Art Bird Fully booked


Wednesday 10 Oct 2018

6.30pm-8.30 pm Fabric Focus Discount Night. Come along for drinks, nibbles, a demo and 10% discount on ALL of your shopping in store.

Fabric Focus, 131 East Claremont Street, EH7 4JA. Free on street parking


Saturday 20 Oct 2018

10.00-12.30 Speaker: Pat Ashton-Smith, ‘Sense of Place’

Interpreting the Landscape in Textiles


PAT Testing of Sewing machines and equipment.

If you plan to bring your sewing machine or other equipment to a workshop throughout the year, it will need to be PAT tested, so bring it along.

Note: Our November (Gillian Harrison) and January (Pat Archibald) workshops both need a machine so if you plan to attend these, bring your machine for PAT testing.

Price tbc

Saturday 17 Nov 2018

10.00-12.00 Speaker Helen Poremba ‘The Sewing Machine as the Artist’s Tool’.

12.30-3.30 Workshop ‘Folded Japanese Patchwork Bags’ suitable for Christmas gifts. Leader, Gillian Harrison Cost £16.


Saturday 15 Dec 2018

10.30-2.00 Christmas Party Optional Secret Santa


Saturday 19 Jan 2019

10.00-12.30 Speaker: Debbie Hathorn 3D Design – Ikebana, the Art of Japanese Flower Arranging followed by discussion about design into fabric.


Saturday 16th Feb, 2019

10.00-12.30 Speaker: Sheana Stevens Design Inspiration from Japan and China


Saturday 16 Mar, 2019

10.00-12.30 Speaker: Leisel Lippestreu. Physiotherapy for Stitchers - short talk

followed by: Four Corners

Sharon Gray – Confetti Quilt

Fiona Brockie - Silk "Paper" Blending and heat bonding silk and other fibres to create texture in textile art

Deborah Pearce – Foiling and Embellishment

No 4 - tbc


Saturday 6th Apr, 2019

10.00-4.00 Workshop: Pat Archibald ‘Leaves in Lutrador’

Learn how to achieve painterly effects with Lutradur (a spunbonded textile) in easy achievable stages. In the class we will work on producing a small, leaf themed, quilted piece.. Pat will discuss composition, gilding and foiling, and a variety of stitching techniques. Once learnt these techniques can then be transferred and applied to figures and other complex shapes. No artistic talent required!

Cost £40 including specialist items kit.


Saturday 13 Apr, 2019

10.00-12.30 Speaker: Sue Selwyn The History of Kimono


Saturday 18 May 2019

10.00 12.30 Speaker: Lizzie MacDougall Highland Story Quilts


Saturday 15 June 2019

10.00 – 12.30 The QGBI’s Contemporary Suitcase Collection My Favourite Artist