Quilt Show 2022

A Special message from our Chairman

What an amazing weekend!

After worrying myself sick for months about the show we pulled it off and it was brilliant! I had so many positive comments and praise. People were searching me out at the end to tell me how much they had enjoyed the show. They commented on the richness of talent and the beauty of the quilts!

To me one of the biggest bonuses of the show was the fact that I signed up 11 new members and am pretty sure that another 5 or 6 will turn up in the next couple of months. They were at varying stages from beginner through to experienced quilters, all keen to be involved and learn more. And, although it ‘shouldn’t’ make a difference, it includes one young man, which is really exciting!

I am very aware that this is all down to teamwork. As I’ve said many times, none of us knows or can do everything, but together we are a force to be reckoned with! So I say a HUGE THANK YOU to you all for all the hard work you put into the show and look forward to continuing to take Bourne Quilters forward.

I think we are now well and truly back to life after Covid.

So it’s onwards and upwards,

Thanks everybody


Fantastic quilt show. Well done everyone who was involved – whether it was organising/ volunteering/ submitting your work or coming along and supporting – it was one big team effort. It was lovely to be part of it.

2021 Update

While we continue to go through the current restrictions we will be holding our Monthly Monday evening meetings via Zoom – please check the Programme for speakers and events.

Ou weekly Bourne stitchers meetings continue via Zoom every Tuesday morning at 10.00am Ellie sends out an invitation to all members each week, it really is so nice to see familiar faces and catch up on members activities.

December 2019

December meeting as usual is our AGM.

Glenis made a beautiful display for our Christmas raffle.

After the business of the day it was time to say a huge thank you to four of our longstanding committee members Lyn, Glenis, Lis and Pauline who are standing down from their committee roles this year. We gave them each a keepsake that we hope will remind them of the time the have spent helping to make Bourne Quilters the successful group we have today.

We then had Show and Tell starting with items made at this years Christmas Fun Day

Other beautiful items made by our members then followed

An enjoyable evening was concluded with traditional nibbles and mulled wine


Christmas Fun Day

A Fun Day indeed some excellent projects made and enjoyable lunch.  Many thanks to those who prepared the projects and taught them on the day.  A big thank you to the Committee who prepared lunch – Chris and Carol  have kindly given their soup recipes for those who asked for them – see below the photos.

Soup recipes

Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  •  1 large onion, roughly chopped
  •  3 garlic cloves, crushed
  •  1 litre vegetable stock
  •  1 chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped
  •  Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  1. Heat olive oil and gently cook onion and garlic.
  2. Add potato, pepper, stock and chilli (if using), bring to the boil then simmer till the vegetables are all soft.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Season to taste and serve. (I didn’t add any extra seasoning.)

Parsnip and Apple Soup

  •  1 tbsp olive oil
  •  1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  •  2 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  •  2 dessert apples, peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces
  •  2 pinches dried thyme
  •  650 ml chicken or veg stock
  1. Heat olive oil and gently cook onion
  2. Add parsnips and apples and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer until parsnips are soft.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Check seasoning and serve.

Carol’s Chunky Vegetable Soup

 You can use any root vegetable and quantity for this soup.

  • Vegetables chopped into cubes
  1. Carrots
  2. Parsnip
  3. Sweet Potato
  4. Swede
  5. Onion
  6. Potato
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes (2 if making a large quantity)
  • Vegetable stock cube in 500ml
  • Tablespoon Olive oil
  • Teaspoon powder Mustard
  • Teaspoon Aromat
  • Salt & Pepper and tomato paste to taste if needed
  • *chilli if you like it spicy

Heat the olive oil and gently coat the onion and soften add

mustard powder and Aromat (Chilli if required)

Add the vegetables, stock and tinned tomatoes. 

Bring to the boil then turn down to simmer stirring frequently for 2 hours.

May 2019 meeting

A chilly Bank Holiday Monday but an excellent turnout of members this evening.

Our speaker this evening was Fiona Bell who gave a very interesting and inspiring talk on design and colour matching. Fiona shared her knowledge with us and gave an excellent slide show.

Our show and Tell this evening was brief as Jenny was our only member who brought us something- and how beautiful it is. Many thanks Jenny



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March Meeting 2019

A great turn out on this very wet and windy evening, Thank you to all who made the effort to attend.

We started with a show and tell and we viewed some beautiful work from not only our established members but also many items from our new members, thank you.

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   Chris showed us her creative qualities learnt on her recent holiday in Barbados



A Beautiful quilt prompted by the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at Mottisfont last  year


Followed by an industrious evening making project boards


February Meeting 2019

Catherine Lawes was our speaker this evening. Catherine is a Textile Artist from New Zealand. Catherine showed us many pieces of her work which have been inspired by her time spent in New Zealand. Catherine also modeled for us some interesting coats that she has made.

January Meeting 2019

This evening we started by presenting cheques to our chosen charities with proceeds from last year’s quilt show.

Vic from Angel Radio
There will be a short interview broadcast on Wednesday 9 January at 9.00am
with Pauline and Averil two of our founder members.
Carol from The New Blendworth Centre
Golly from Singing for Fun the Alzheimer’s charity singing group
Michael from Emsworth Community Centre

We then had a very informative talk from Steve Moore from Stitchagain. Steve went through the common problems he encounters from sewists when repairing sewing machines and gave us some hints and tips on how to avoid some of these problems occurring.

Steve from Stitchagain

December Meeting 2018

It was so nice to see a full house this evening I do not think there were many members who did not attend, thank you for your support ladies.

We started with the AGM and then moved on to a varied display of ‘show and tell’ from our members.  We saw work from our Christmas Fun Day and from various workshops which have been held during the past year and a few personal items of work, all beautifully put together.

Below are items made at our Christmas Fun Day.

Below is a slide show or various items made at our workshops and independently by members.

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We followed up the Show and Tell with a very interesting talk from the ‘Stop Domestic Abuse’  charity who came to collect a cheque for £1000 raised from the funds of our Raffle Quilt made this year.

November Meeting

This month’s talk was given by Terry Donaldson and Hazel Ryder

IMG_4971“Just west of the moon”. Inspiration from a holiday in Crete

IMG_4972While out biking often Hazel is often followed by red kites

IMG_4973“The space between the moments”.

IMG_4984Close up of the stitching from the above piece.

IMG_4975“Tin Mines” A  challenge from the Contemporary Quilt Group by Terry

IMG_4976“Afternoon tea” by Hazel inspired by an old damask tablecloth

IMG_4978“Made in Britain” making marmalade

IMG_4981“Making marmalade version 2

IMG_4980Close up of Terry’s work

November – Christmas Fun Day

Preparations for snacks and lunch underway


Lis Showing off her ‘Blue Peter’ style progress board.


Everyone working hard on their projects.

Of course some just came along for some fun – which is what it was all about.


A welcome break for lunch and a fun quiz.

……. and of course someone always has to do the dishes!


Show and Tell at the end of the day with several projects to be completed at home, we will have a show and tell of the Fun Day projects at Decembers meeting.

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A most enjoyable day – thank you to everyone for helping to make this day a success. IMG_2217

September Meeting

This month we welcomed Greta Fitchett who showed us her colourful reflection quilts.

She explained to us how she constructs her quilts and where the ideas arise.

This beautiful quilt of the Cathedral was on display at The Festival of Quilts this year.


Greta’s husband is a keen artist and drew this delightful sketch of our members


Quilt Show 2018

They say ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ and these pictures show the talent and enthusiasm we have in our group.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to make our show a success.

The Sales Table true to form was as popular as ever and we wish to thank everyone who made items for their efforts there was some exquisite work.

The main Assembly room held our large quilts and made very popular viewing

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Some of our smaller quilts were displayed around the walls of the Assembly room

Also in the Assembly Room was our Vegetable Stall offering a variety or hand made vegetables by our enthusiastic members.

IMG_1153 We had a wonderful variety of work in the tea and cake area along with our UFO table which was popular and our Christmas corner.

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Other items on display was our 20th Anniversary Challenge, My Home in A3, a selection of items made at various workshops and the Challenge Six groups beautiful items.





The winner of Betty’s Quilt that was made by Margaret was won by Pauline, many of our members were very envious as it is such a beautiful quilt.

Margaret drawing the winning ticket

Pauline and Lis

July Meeting

This is evening we were preparing for the forthcoming Quilt show and were arranging items for the sales table and planning details for the weekend helpers.

We also had a ‘show and tell’ of the sashes that have been made by various members to identify ourselves to visitors during the show.







April 9 Meeting

A productive evening organising items for the quilt show and sales table. The library is more popular now we have moved it into the main hall. A great show and tell of workshop projects and members personal items. Many thanks to everyone who brought along their beautiful work.

March 2018

We had the pleasure of Jenny Rundle at our meeting this month.  Jenny delighted us not only with her lovely quilts but told us about her BEM.  Well done Jenny on a wonderful achievement.

It was interesting to hear about the Olympic quilts and Jenny also explained to us why she calls herself a Patchworker and not a Quilter – she rarely quilts her own quilts – hence her choice of Patchworker. Jenny shared with us her experience of entering quilts at the Festival of Quilts and showed us some of her entries.

Jenny then went on to show us her Pizzaz quilts and many of us have signed up to do her forthcoming workshop.  Slideshow below.

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January 2018

We began the New Year and evening with a very inspiring and informative talk from Jill Rose Brennan.  Jill is a talented Quilter and seamtress and shared with us her sewing experiences since childhood.  The samples of quilts and wallhanging Jill brought with her varied from vintage to up to date items created in her studio.


We started the evening with a show and tell of a few sashes that we are making for our Quilt show later this year.  Many thanks for bringing them along ladies.


We then enjoyed Jill’s talk and exhibits.  I hope you enjoy the slide show.

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December AGM

A brief and to the point AGM, a plethora Show and Tell followed by mulled wine and nibbles.  A wonderful way to end our celebration year. Enjoy the slideshow below.

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20 Year Celebration Dinner

We had a most enjoyable evening celebrating our 20 year Anniversary.  It was so nice that our four founder members were all present along with a few members who attended the very first meeting.

A delicious meal followed by an entertaining after dinner talk by Jennie Rayment with stories about her travels and quilt making workshops.

There are many photos and slideshows below so please scroll through and enjoy.

Founder Members

Our Four Founder Members Pauline, Mary, Avril and Lou

Founder Members with our Chairman Lis

Committe and Members preparing and setting up tables.

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Members enjoying the evening.


20 year Celebration Quilt made by members


Jennie Rayment show and tell

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More of Jennie’s Storytelling


Jennie’s fun ending 

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Stretching a quilt

Earlier in the summer a few of our members helped to stretch a large quilt on a quilting frame.  It was something that none of them had done before. They had an eventful day filled with fun, laughter and a delicious lunch of Amercan Hot Chicken Salad.

Enjoy the photos……… *click on any photo to enlarge.

Putting together the frame.

Pinning the backing to the frame.

Pinning the layers together and then tacking ready for quilting.


Time to remove from the frame.

Finished, quilted and ready for a house guest.

September 4 Meeting

We had a varied and busy evening this month with Pauline showing us how to make bias binding from a square of fabric, Glenis showing us her sash which is a great idea for our Quilt show next year (more details in the members area). We also had the samples on display for our Christmas Fun Day on 4 November which is being held at Westbourne again this year.

Then of course the monthly raffle, many thanks Marion and Anne some lovely prizes to be won yet again.

Finally, many, many thanks to Lesley one of our very talented and experienced members for bringing along her collection of vintage quilts for us to admire this evening.  Lesley is also very keen on applique and showed her own beautiful quilts that were mainly all hand quilted along with the vintage ones with several tales to tell about how she aquired some of them.


Samples for the Christmas Fun Day


August 7 Meeting

We had a hive of activity this evening with various handicrafts being displayed.  What a talented group of ladies you are,  thank you, ladies, for bringing along your projects.  We also had a demonstration from Tracy who showed us her way of joining and cutting hexagons many thanks Tracy for a very informative demonstration, you can see a video of her cutting technique on our  Facebook Page Bourne Quilters on Facebook


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We also had a ‘Show and Tell’ of some of the quilts that we made for the Siblings Together charity which some of our members completed a few weeks ago.  Well done and many thanks to all who participated.


Lis then showed us some of the quilts that were made from Betty’s fabric.  If anyone knows how we can contact her family we would like to show them what we have achieved.

3 July Talk by Mandy Parkes

A very busy and interesting event this month. The evening commenced with lots of chat whilst we had tea followed by members show and tell.


Some beautiful work is being produced ladies, well done to all who brought their work in to show us. Please bring your projects in ladies as we all like to see what our fellow members are working on.


A very interesting and informative talk followed by Mandy Parkes about jelly rolls and rulers – love them or hate them Mandy gave us hints and tips on using jelly rolls and rulers, and brought along some of her completed quilts to show us. It really is very surprising what you can do with a few 2 1/2 inch strips.



Hi Bourne Quilters

If you were at the meeting, or you may have heard from fellow quilters, there was a query about the Doughty’s day going ahead.

We are pleased to announce that it IS GOING AHEAD ON SATURDAY 7th MARCH @ 10.00

It has been necessary to change the venue though and will be help in Emsworth Baptist Church (across the road from ECC/Emsworth Fire Station)

If you have planned to help and/or provide cakes please arrive as planned.

If you find yourself unexpetedly free to help please come along during the day. Peak times for needing help is at the begining and end of the day.

Please spread the news about the venue change – many thanks for your help with this

Thank you for your understanding

Hope to see you Saturday!!!