Notice Board


April 1st is the start of the membership year, so now is the time to send your cheque or postal order to me to make sure you are on the mailing list for the magazines for the next year. Renewal form enclosed.

Subscriptions this year are £16-00; £8 full time students and £20 for overseas members
If you pay by standing order you need to change the amount to £16-00 and hopefully you have already done this in order that they arrange it in time for April. If you haven't already talked to your bank, please do so as soon as you possibly can. Ideally your standing order should pay in April.

Please let me know if you have changed your address, using the enclosed membership form. Also, if you have changed your email address please let me know so that you can continue to access the website members' area.
Jane Richardson Membership Secretary


Saturday 22nd April 2017 at Westpoint Arena and Conference Centre, Clyst St. Mary, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ
SPRING MEETING (following the AGM) Booking forms attached: Word, PDF
Reminders :
First Quilt - new quilters bring a quilt entry for the Audrey Dean Award (first quilt made in the last two years)
Bring a quilt entry 'Inspired by a SWQ workshop' There have been lots of workshops over the last twelve months, let others see what you have made.


If you would like any wadding or calico at meetings, could you please e-mail me ( so that I can measure this out and have it ready for you. (Pam Martin no longer holds any stock)
Wadding is now £8.50 per metre it is 90” wide and is the 80/20 standard one we stock only. Calico is £4.50 per metre, 54” wide we only have a small stock currently. Pre-ordering would be very much appreciated.
Denise Pearcey

South West Quilters Exhibition 2017 at Westpoint, Exeter

Delivery of your Quilt: The quilts are to be delivered to Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter on Wednesday 29th March between 2.00pm and 3.00pm only. We cannot accept responsibility for the safekeeping of any bags, sleeves or rolls - any such packaging must be retained. Quilts can be collected from the Show after 4.00 Sunday 2nd April. You will be contacted on Saturday 1st April if your quilt has been selected to go on tour, and will be returned to you via the Christmas Meeting at the end of November.

This year it was the turn of Cornwall to submit their quilts for our exhibition and we had a marvellous response. We have the maximum allotted by Grosvenor already promised, so well done Cornwall and we are looking forward to seeing them hanging up in all their glory! Likewise with the challenge 'Up Up and Away'. We had a superb response and again the maximum number we are allowed have been promised.

There are numerous workshops arranged for this year featuring Jenny Crossland, Jean Bartlett, Jean Prose, Eileen Blood, Lynne Gormley, Maggie Davis, Val Thomas, Sandra Scott, Sandie Lush and Abbie Searle as tutors, so this should be a really special Show.
Next year (2018) we are asking for quilts from Dorset and Somerset and the challenge will be “Reflections”. Entry forms enclosed: Word, PDF.

Coach Trip To Quilts UK Malvern Quilt Show Saturday 20th May 2017

I can now confirm the cost of this trip as follows £26 for those under 60 years of age and £25 for those over 60. The trips will run subject to sufficient numbers of passengers applying. Please do take note of the final closing date 25th April 2017. This date then gives time to make sure that I can obtain the reduced price entrance tickets, the closing date for buying these is some 15 days before the show.

I am offering a coach starting at Tavistock, calling at Okehampton and Exeter. Another coach is also being offered starting at Paignton, calling at Torquay, Totnes, Newton Abbot and Taunton Deane Services. Please remember that Malvern is quite some distance, therefore a comfort stop will be made on the way. Booking forms are enclosed:
Tavistock (Word, PDF)
Torquay (Word, PDF)

Proposed Trip to The Festival of Quilts - Birmingham

12th - 13th August 2017
Over the last few years we have been asked about running a coach to the above show. The Festival of Quilts is the largest and most inspiring patchwork and quilting event in Europe. I have been in touch with Plymouth City Coaches and am currently working in conjunction with them to run a two day trip to the Show providing there is enough support.

The possible schedule will be 7.0 a.m. start at Plymouth, 7.30 a.m. at Tavistock, 8.0 a.m. at Okehampton, and 8.30/8.45 a.m. at Exeter. The possible costs will be in the region of £150, depending on the hotel price etc., when the trip is confirmed. The price would include; 1 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at a 4 star hotel in the Midlands area (Hotel name will not be confirmed until we have numbers interested). 2 day ticket to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC.

If you are interested in this trip, please return the attached Booking Form (Word, PDF) to me with your cheque for the deposit(s) made payable to South West Quilters. Please be assured that no monies will be paid to the coach company until I have the minimum number of passengers they require. Please return the form by 31st March for a priority booking

Do please pass this information onto members of your local quilt groups, suggesting that anyone interested contact me either by phone (01822 811003) OR e-mail – marking their e-mail as “FOQ trip”. Remember I do need a minimum number please contact me by 31st March 2017.

SWQ Summer Day Meeting Saturday 17th June 2017

Booking forms attached (Word, PDF)
CHALLENGE “My Favourite Song


Do you sometimes see a Workshop advertised in our magazine that you would like to attend in one of our other Counties? Some years ago we set up a scheme whereby Members could offer bed and breakfast accommodation for a nominal sum, which would mean you could drive up to the area the evening before the Workshop, instead of making a long journey there and back in one day.

We would like to try and extend this service, if you feel you would like to offer accommodation, please contact our web-site co-ordinator who will add your details to the list, which is in our Members Only area All bookings would be done through yourself so we would need at least an email address and preferably a telephone number. This service will only be available to South West Quilters

If you wish to discuss this further before offering to join the Beds4Quilters scheme, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Denise Pearcey, Chairman.

Local Tutors

The committee are trying to put together a list of local (from our 4 counties) tutors. Could you please email me with details of anyone wishing to join the list.
Many thanks. Lynda Shinner-Booth. Email

Your Club Needs You

Catering leader

A reminder that we do still need someone to come forward to organise the catering e.g. making tea and coffee etc., when we use Westpoint Conference facilities and to set out the buffet at our Christmas meeting. If you are interested please contact one of the committee members. There has been a suggestion that perhaps individual groups would like to take this on, on a rota basis. If you feel your group might be interested, please let me know. Denise Pearcy

Spring Quilt Show Westpoint

I have been running the Exeter Spring Quilt Show on behalf of South West Quilters and liaising with Grosvenor Shows since 2009 and feel that I should be standing aside in the next few years. I am looking for someone to come and understudy me for the next 2 or 3 quilt shows and eventually to take over and run it. Christine Badger

Bursaries Available from SWQ Sunset Trust

Are you a student or textile worker in need of financial help to complete or assist in extra tuition for a project? If the answer is yes, South West Quilters Sunset Trust may be able to assist you.

Let us know your reason for needing help including details of your project. You do not need to be a member of SWQ. Mature students may also apply.

All applications are considered and looked at once a term.

Write to: SWQ Sunset Trust c/o Fairway, Brook Lane, Sheldon, Devon TQ14 0HL

Refund Policy Change

'With regret we have to announce that refunds will no longer be given for tickets purchased for Southwest Quilters meetings and events. You are welcome to re-sell any unwanted tickets to fellow quilters but budget constraints mean that we can no longer offer this service. Apologies to those affected.'


For some years SWQ have offered on the 'Members Only' section of the website Beds4Quilters - Bed and Breakfast for member quilters visiting the area. It would be nice to expand this list especially in Dorset and Somerset. If you feel you could offer accommodation, you may charge £15 per person per night. Please send me your details and I will add you to the list. All bookings would be done through yourself so I would need at least an email and preferably a telephone number. I emphasize this is a service offered to members only. Bee Barford website


We are trying to compile a list of teachers that teach beginners patchwork and quilting to be displayed at the shows we support.
Please let Jenny Crossland know if you do this with contact details you will be happy that we give out. This might be the venue you teach at and / or an email address.
Jenny's can be emailed by selecting 'workshop administrator' here. I look forward to hearing from you.


I would like to remind you that you may book workshops from our pdf booking form on this web site under the 'Workshops' heading. Please print off the form and post it to me or the chairman of South West Quilters along with a SAE and it will be directed to the relevant course organiser.
Thank you. Bee Barford