The men have the Masons and the Masonic Hall; we have quilting and Southwell House.
Stitch & Brue are now going into their seventh year, hopefully there will be no 7 year hitch with this relationship; Brue a play on words as the River Brue runs through the town of Highbridge and out to sea a mile away in Burnham-on-Sea. I started this group due to having a niece wanting to learn quilting and the group I attended didn’t have any spaces, hence the setting up of a new one. I asked around and advertised that I would be starting a new group and spread the word all over and placed posters in a few of the shop windows to try and generate more interest. I asked along a few of my fellow quilters and requested for them to bring along a few of their makes so that when we started we were able to show those new to the craft what we had made and what they could aspire to.
Well here we are all these years later with 16 attendees and a waiting list and all look forward to our all day Sunday’s where we come along and settle down to a day from 10 until 4. These Sundays have become a look-forward-to-event and all due to having an excess of funds build up that needs to be spent, with the excess we are able to pay for the room hire and on occasion we have even popped to the local pub for a roast dinner or had one delivered! Most of these Sundays though are a shared buffet table with plenty of deserts to consume too.
The all-day Sundays are great to go along and join in with as you get the use of large tables for layering and tacking quilts, all equipment required can be found in the cupboards so there is no carting of your own equipment to the hall, it’s a great time to bring along something that you’ve been meaning to get finished. This last Sunday we had Lou finishing some embroideries to hang in her new house, Pat working on a baby play mat/quilt that needed to be finished weeks ago, Lorna working on a tool roll, Emily knitting after finishing a stitching project, Di was binding a wall hanging for her new ‘Wendy House’ that her husband has erected in their garden for her, Jac working on one of her cross stitch quilt squares, Karen making a dress for a 3 year old, Claire stitching together quilt blocks, Jan turning a xmas reindeer into a raggedy deer, work in progress and will be interesting to see what it turns out like and myself doing what I like best hand quilting.
The tables are set so we are in a square with a gap in the middle so we can walk into it if required and we are all facing each other and able to talk across the space and all join in the conversations. The centre space is also a good area to lay out any quilts on the floor to get a placement plan going, or to just sit and admire a finished quilt that takes pride of place on the floor!
A lot of the time during these Sundays the conversations do not consist of sewing, like the Masons we too can keep secrets and what is discussed within this square of ‘crafty ladies’ remains in Southwell House!!
8 weeks until the next one!