August 2022


Sally Ablett visited us to give a talk about her lockdown quilts. We had the opportunity to see many of her amazing quilts and gain useful tips on piecing and quilting.


See more photos in our gallery

July 2022


We enjoyed a great evening together, sharing our “tree challenge” projects whilst enjoying Ruth’s delicious pavlova. Julie was the lucky winner!


Jean organised this challenge last year and we all wrote our suggestions on cards to be picked at random. Viv’s idea was ’trees’.


Go to our gallery for more photos and close-ups of these gorgeous projects.

September 2022


Karen from the Quilter's Den held a workshop on Cathedral Windows by Machine. She demonstrated how we could make complex-looking blocks using a sewing machine.


The Quilter's Den has a variety of day workshops where you can learn patchwork, quilting and general sewing skills



The Quilter's Den has a variety of day workshops where you can learn patchwork, quilting and general sewing skills

October 2022


Eleanor Marsden showed us how to make Christmas wall hangings.

Doreen returned to the USA after spending some time with us. She is originally from Ireland and emigrated to New York with her family when she was 12. She has no close relatives in New York and came to the UK to visit her Irish relatives who now live in the Stratford area and contemplate moving here.


We thoroughly enjoyed her company and this is what she emailed us when she arrived home:


I loved meeting all of you. You made me feel so welcome! You will see me again!

Our group is more informal than yours, born via covid. We used to meet at a quilting shop (City Quilter) that closed soon before covid when the owners retired (after running it for 25 years).

   So now we meet once a month at a sewing shop. We are, very informally, called the Crazy Friday Night Gang. (This originaled back at the City Quilter when there used to be a crazy-quilting class.) We hope, as covid evaporates more, that we can meet more frequently. We do not (as yet, anyway) have a website. But I'm passing the photo on to my gang, and will take a photo to send you at our next meeting. (End of November!)

    I'm so impressed that your two groups are meeting so often. Those gatherings, and the camaraderie added significantly to my SUA adventure.

We will stay in touch!

Take care!

Doreen xx


Starting from the left back row: Sheila, Carol, Jean, Vivien, Helen, Lisa and Philip.

Front: Teresa, Doreen and Avril.