Briefing and Links

Chair's Briefing including What's On (scroll down)


Dear Members 25/4/18


Believe it or not, I saw scottish strawberries in Marks and Spencer yesterday - that must be a record for the new crop! Anyway, lets move on to our meeting!


Our guest speaker is local textile artist Sheila Dalgleish who will be bring a range of her work for us to see as well as some of her sketchbooks. Having seen her most recent work at her recent ‘North and South’ exhibition, I am looking forward to sight of her earlier work too.


We will also have an update on the exhibition from Sally and she and the exhibition committee will be able to answer any of your questions regarding the instructions I sent out for exhibitors a couple of days ago.


We have been advised by Fairmilehead that we've been moved rooms this month (due to an error on their part) and, although still awaiting a reply to a couple of queries we raised about the alternative room, our understanding is that we will be in Swanston Hall on Saturday instead of our usual room so please check before going in just in case.


Finally, if you haven to yet signed up to the Sheena Norquay workshop on 22nd May, or Mandy Patullo on 15th September please do so in order for us to gauge numbers - details are attached.









Dear Members 05/03/18


I mentioned at the February meeting that we have a change to our schedule for our April meeting. Unfortunately Effie Gelletly is unable to attend as her husband has taken seriously ill. I have sent her our collective best wishes and hopes that he makes a speedy recovery.


Instead, sheila Dalgleish will be giving us a talk and bringing along many of her quilts. Sheila is a local quilter whom many of you will know from her recent North and South exhibition at the Dundas Street Gallery. This is sure to be an interesting session and I for one am looking forward seeing some of her earlier work






On Saturday 13th January, 2018 Thistle Quilters arranged

a curated tour of the Songs for Winter exhibition by

Pauline Burbidge at the City Art Centre

in Edinburgh. In a lively, well-attended session,

Pauline described the design and construction process

behind works by her and her husband, sculptor Charlie Poulson.

The pieces included quilts, drawings and sculptures evoking

the landscape of Scotland and were widely appreciated by all.















What pieces of your work will be in the Thistle Quilters exhibition in May?

New members may not have had all the information needed to make a choice of what quilts they have might be suitable for the exhibition. Existing members might like a recap.


There is no ‘jurying’ of exhibits, all quilts will be welcomed and hung as long as there is sufficient space, and it’s a big gallery…


Transition This will probably be the widest category, to include any new work (since the last exhibition in 2012 and not exhibited elsewhere) that you have created for any reason. The term ‘aspirational’ is a transition, where you learn a new technique, take part in a challenge, create for a new purpose, have been making this for years and it’s now finished, or just because ‘I wanted to try one of these’. Speak to Gillian Sandilands


1718 Many members are using the 1718 Coverlet as inspiration for a modern version of a block or two, in traditional colours and fabrics, or going full on with modern fabrics and colours.

A single block or a large piece? All welcome! Speak to Brenda


1818 Any inspiration from events of that year? Speak to Carol


1918 Lots to consider here, large or small. Speak to Deborah


Journal Quilt 2017 Nearly 30 of the 52 already handed in. Speak to Carol


Historical/Antique Do you have an ‘old beauty’ you’d be willing to lend for the event?

Speak to Fiona B


Auld Reekie The set was made for the 2016 challenge but more would be very welcome.

Speak to Deborah


Award Winning Did you win a ribbon at Festival of Quilts, Ingliston, Glasgow SECC Quilt Show or similar in the last 5 years? Speak to Fiona B


Quilts made at/after classes/workshops Works in progress or finished items. Small or large. Many of us have attended workshops or completed challenges at Thistle Quilters, Region 16 weekends, QG Area days or in a commercial class with a well-known tutor, and have lovely pieces to show for our efforts. This is the chance for visitors to see what’s available to quilters in Edinburgh.

Speak to Deborah


Greetings Cards To raise funds before and during the exhibition

(Not an exhibition category, but maybe it should be!)

Speak to Frea










Pauline Burbage with Brenda McDonnell (TQ Chair) and Jan Rae


What's On


The Scottish Quilting Show at SECC Glasgow

Thursday March 8th to Sunday March 11th - 10am to 4.30pm (4pm Sunday)

This offer has come in with a code for 1/2 price tickets, it means a senior ticket is £3.75 and adult £4.25.

The code is EV12 and includes the Scottish Quilting Show



Quilters Guild Regional Day in Perth on

Saturday March 24th - £20 for QG members to include refreshments on arrival and lunch.

Speakers Jenny Raiment and Jo Avery

Details in Newspatch. Non-QG members welcome, contact Deborah Pearce through the email contact on the Home page


World Textile Day at Bridge of Allan

Saturday 16th June 10am - 4.30 pm, Free Entry

Bridge of Allan Parish Church of Scotland, 12 Keir Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NW







Shop selling quilting, dress and curtain fabrics + haberdashery. Classes


Quilt shop. Classes.



Shop selling quilting, dress and curtain fabrics + haberdashery.



Shop selling quilting and dress fabrics + haberdashery.



Quilt shop. Classes. Long Arm Quilting.



Quilt shop. Classes.



International Quilt Artist and Teacher. Classes.


Shop selling quilting fabrics, haberdashery and books


Quilt shop. Classes.


Quilt shop, haberdashery and craft materials, sewing machines. Cafe.



















Materials List for Thistle Quilters Social Sewing Workshop 21 October 2017


The October meeting will be an opportunity to work on a number of member- led initiatives, themed around our 2018 exhibition, but not exclusively so. Please bring any of your own wip if you would prefer to spend time on that.


Please bring a packed lunch.


Topic: Fusing Organza with Heat

Leaders: Fiona Sutherland and Deborah Pearce

Requirements: There are no specific requirements as materials will be provided, but if you have a fine tipped soldering iron please bring that along with you


Topic: Card making

Leaders: Frea Webster and Carol Lenagan

This topic will be split into two. In the moring, Frea will work with oyu on card makingusing scraps and embellishments. In the afternoon, Carol will focus on painting on bondaweb

Requirements: Materials will be provided, but please bring some scissors, needle and threads.


Topic: Needleturn applique

Leader: Gillian Sandilands

This session will focus on the ‘goose’ block from the 1718 coverlet

Requirements: 4-6 pieces of background fabric or a piece of background 13x13 inches silk or cotton

A piece of silk or cotton about 10x10 inches for the bird body

A piece of wadding 13x13 inches

A piece of backing fabric 13x13 inches

Sewing kit, scissors, threads suitable for appliqué and any hand quilting

Sewing machine if you want to do a pieced background


Topic: raw edge applique

Leaders: Gillian Harrison and Lindsay Tilston

This session will focus on the ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ blocks from the 1718 coverlet


Sewing kit, including needles, scissors, pins

Paper scissors

Fabric scraps will be provided, but embellishments such as beads, ribbons etc would be useful

Sewing machine, and monofilament thread if preferred


Topic: your own project

Please feel free to bring a work-in-progress of your own if you want to focus on that.