Joyce Cooke

The death of Joyce Cooke has been announced at the age of 92. Joyce was an early member of Exeter Quilters and the first chairman of South West Quilters. She was an amazing hand quilter and embroiderer as well as knitting and spinning. Although she has not been able to get to EQ meetings of

SWQ Christmas Meeting

30th November at Exeter Racecourse Kennford, Haldon Hill, EXETER EX6 7XS Speakers: Geeta Lloyd and Abbie Anne Searle Challenge: Christmas apron Traders – Abbie Anne Searle, Sew Many Buttons of Princetown and Well Head Books. Cost £9:00 for members, £11:00 for non-members for advanced bookings. On the door – £2 extra, if places available. Places

Coach Trips for 2019

West Country Quilt Show Devon and North Somerset Seats are also still available on the trip to the West Country Quilt Show, – Thursday 29th August. Picking up at Tavistock, Okehampton, Exeter and Taunton Deane. £23 to include entrance ticket and gratuity to driver. To avoid traffic delays we will leave the Exhibition Centre at

Workshop Vouchers

We launched our new Workshop Vouchers at the AGM in April. Perhaps a friend, or a member in your group has a special birthday, or someone just needs cheering up, please consider giving one of our new vouchers. They will be for £10 and/or £20, to be used solely towards the cost of one of

Project Linus

I have been so overwhelmed by the support I am getting from you all. Keep them coming please, as just when I think that I have a good stock of them, I get requests for them to be delivered to one of the many charities we support. If you know of any child/young person that

Quilts for Grenfell

December 13th 2018 saw the culmination of SWQ’s involvement with Cornwall Hugs Grenfell. On December 14th there was a commemorative service in London to acknowledge eighteen months since the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The remaining quilts made by SWQ and friends were taken to London and laid out in a large sports centre, creating a huge

SWQ Sewing Bee 2020

Members and friends are invited to join the Ashbury Sewing Bee and Ashbury Stitching Hideaway January 9th to 20th 2020. 7 / 4/ 3 or 11 nights stays available. Prices on application. Your own sewing station, single, twin or triple rooms, all the facilities of Ashbury Sport and Crafting Hotel, swimming, spa and variety of

Membership renewal

Your new membership card is enclosed with the Spring magazine once again to save time and postage but please remember that you only remain a member as long as you pay your annual subscription which is due on the 1st ARRIL 2019 on time. The forms needed to do this are also enclosed. Please will

New Year Stash Spring Cleaning?

Are you spring cleaning your fabric stash? The Sunset Trust want your unwanted/ mismatched/discarded fabrics, as well as any other quilting items surplus to requirements. Please contact Joan Collings (details at the back of the magazine) if you want a collection arranged.


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

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


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

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.’

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