Grenfell Tower

There are a number of ways being put in place to help the people affected by the awful fire at Grenfell Tower. Over the weeks and months to come the survivors who have been left with nothing but the clothes of their backs will have to find a way to rebuild their lives and live with the terrible psychological effects of a tragedy like this.

Our guild have already been discussing ways to help people affected by the trauma of the recent terrorist attacks in London and we agreed we wanted to support charities that are working with survivors and the bereaved.

After this fire, hundreds of people will be left with nothing and who knows yet how many lives have been lost with their loved ones left to grieve for them.

In the short term there are practical things that can be done. For anyone with anything to donate, including finished quilts, but also clothes, shoes, new underwear, food, toiletries and toys the church that has been publicised on social media is saying on twitter they don’t need anything at the moment. @ClementJames but its worth keeping an eye on their account.

They are instead recommending to send donations to

Notting Hill Methodist Church, 240 Lancaster Rd, London W11 4AH

Henry Dickens Community Centre, 104 St.Anns Rd, London W11 4BU

Westway Sports Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, London W10 6RP

To donate financially there are a number of just giving accounts set up and an umbrella one is

Longer term we intend to support and which offer support with bereavement and trauma. These charities will be offering support for years to come for people impacted by the recent events and we urge you to do the same.

What does sewing mean to you?

Are you aged 40 or younger and sew? Please consider helping out Naomi on her dissertation. She is doing a fascinating topic. Sadly I’m too old to get involved but I urge everyone who is eligible to get involved.

Exploring the experiences of people (aged 40 years and younger) who sew as a hobby and the role sewing has played in their lives

Full details of the study and how to contact Naomi can be found at


Meeting Dates for 2017

I hope you have all had a lovely holiday season!  We’re looking forward to lots more stitching fun in 2017, so the following dates have been confirmed for 2017 meetings:

8th January — Don’t forget to bring your Liberty challenge fabrics to swap with fellow members for our Making Liberty Modern Challenge.
5th February — Don’t forget to bring your Liberty challenge fabrics to swap with fellow members for our Making Liberty Modern Challenge.
5th March
2nd April
7th May
4th June
2nd July
3rd September
1st October
12th November
3rd December — Christmas Party, with lunch catered by Star Tavern

As you know, we normally meet on the first Sunday of each month, but some dates have been adjusted to avoid coinciding with holidays.

All meetings are at noon at the Star Tavern, Belgravia.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Reminder: Renewals are Due!

fullsizeoutput_65aFirstly, thanks to everyone who joined in the fun at our first ever Christmas Party!  It was great fun, because so many came along and participated.

In case you weren’t able to come along to the party, we announced a LMQG challenge for 2017 called “Make Liberty Modern.”  Each person who was a fully paid member at the time of our December meeting will receive a Liberty scrap pack for completing the challenge.  We’ll have more programmes about the challenge in the coming months, and I’ll publish the details of the challenge rules here before Christmas, so keep an eye out for that post.

Any new members in 2017 will also receive a Liberty scrap pack, so that you can participate in the challenge.

Secondly, don’t forget that it’s time to renew our membership to the London MQG.  Shevvy sent out the renewal email this week, so if you didn’t receive it, please contact me via email or IG, and I will make sure you get the information.

Finally, I’m just confirming next year’s meeting dates with the Star Tavern, and as soon as I have them firmed up, I’ll post the list here.  There are a few that will need to be moved to avoid conflicts with holidays, including our first meeting of the new year.

In the meantime, I hope you’re all having a lovely holiday season!  Happy Stitching!