Photo of the Mother's Day workshop

New Updates from 2017 to 2018

2017 'Tea @ Three' raised £880 for Cherry Tree Nursey (SWOP) Rectory Quilters' tenth 'Tea @ Three' was held in May 2017. This has become a lively and popular event which attracts crowds of supporters year after year.

Rectory Quilters at presentation

Jess Williams Quilt

One of the largest quilts we have ever stretched was a beautiful antique hexagon quilt. Pete and Debbie Williams of New Milton, contacted Rectory Quilters to ask for help regarding a quilt top which Pete’s late mother, Jess had made. It was very large and made of hexagons, set in the ‘Grandmothers Flower Garden’ design. Karen Coad took on the challenge. Karen loves old quilts, recycled fabrics and is the ‘queen of hexagons’! With the groups help, we stretched it on the quilt frame, one of the largest quilts we have ever stretched...approximately 8’ square! Karen then quilted it by hand and bound the edges to finish the quilt perfectly. Pete and Debbie were naturally delighted with the result. A lasting memory of Pete’s mum, Jess and all the history behind the fabrics she had carefully collected and sewn into the quilt.

RNLI Christmas Tree 2017

Last December, we took part in a Christmas tree festival at St Alban’s church Charminster, Bournemouth. In the past, Rectory Quilters were joined with St Alban’s Vicarage Quilters and met there once a month. Sadly the Vicarage quilters are no more but Rectory Quilters have continued and thrived! As we are supporting the RNLI at our festival this year, we decided to have a nautical themed tree. We decorated the 6’ tree with handmade yellow wellingtons, orange life belts, blue anchors and little boats. It was topped with a lighthouse complete with a beaming light. Streamers, made of nautical flags and draped like ships rigging completed the look…..and of course two knitted Lifeboat men had pride of place!


Summer 2018 Festival of Quilts, Music and Flowers - by Jill

Our 3 yearly Quilt, Flower and Music Festival 2018 was a wonderful event enjoyed by record numbers of visitors.

Held in St Mary Magdalene Church, New Milton, the church was filled with a stunning display of quilts and needlework produced by the group of 38 quilters. Flowers, arranged by local flower club members, enhanced the displays, making it a treat for all.

This year, supporting the RNLI, one of the challenges for the quilters was to work on the theme of 'Water'. The quilters rose to this challenge and produced work of an exceptionally varied and high standard.

Winners were - 1st Annie Hamilton, 2nd Kathy Osland- Moore and 3rd Hilary Murphy, with Highly Commended for Ali Lane and Liz Wheeler.

A monogrammed cushion challenge was won by Ali Lane, with 2nd prize Lesley Kelsey and 3rd Liz Wheeler.

The group was challenged to use a style or technique from another country, it made the quilters tackle an unfamiliar way of working, with beautiful results. Their work, judged by Mary Hewson, who gave the quilters some guidance when the challenge was first set, said she was delighted by the variety of techniques tackled and the clever twist that some of the quilters had put on traditional work.

Lydia Argyle won the challenge with a beautifully quilted traditional Welsh quilt. 2nd Joy Elphinstone with a modern interpretation of Japanese sashiko work, on denim, 3rd Sue Brown for a vibrant 'Mola' work cushion.... Highly Commended rosettes went to Paula Needle, a sashiko cushion, Carol Dowsett's shashiko waistcoat and to Karen Thomas for her Mola worked 'Funky Chicken'!

Work by talented Young Quilters was also on display and much admired by the visitors.

The 'Best in Show' quilt, voted for by all the festival visitors was.....'A Quilt for a Book Lover' made by Jill O'Sullivan.

Over the weekend the visitors were entertained throughout the day by music, provided by talented local musicians. It began with children from Durlston School Choir, singing a variety of songs, some with a nautical theme. Classical, folk and traditional music was represented. The Flute Group Reeds in Harmony, Milchordia and the' Toot Toot' recorder group, who played Tudor and Elizabethan music up in the church gallery. 'Milford Mob' harmonica group provided a lively set, accompanied by members of Total Voice. Mark Sutton, was welcomed again, playing his relaxing and tranquil style of piano playing. 'Straight Banana' appello singers entertained the visitors in the hall, while they enjoyed wonderful refreshments provided by 'Solent Kitchen' caterers or were browsing the crafts and fabrics on sale there.

Sunday is traditionally music performed by pupils of local music teachers. This gives the children the chance to play in an unfamiliar setting, to visitors, but not in the glare of a concert setting. They were pupils of Philip Daish Handy and Jo Handy, violin and Cello, Margaret Jarvis, flute, Sheena Merritt, piano and Amy Taylor, brass.

A highlight of this year's festival were 2 evening concerts, both on gloriously sultry evenings. On Friday night Phil Daish Handy and 'Nova Foresta', gave a wonderful evening of Handel's Water Music, Barber and Bach! In contrast, on Saturday, 'Sound Waves'...a medley of musicians, The Friday Girls, James the wonderful young guitarist, 'Winds Light to Variable' wind quintet and Sway Hand Bell Ringers, who performed a piece of music called Serenata written especially for Pauline Dover, one of the bell ringers and former conductor, who was celebrating her 100th birthday!

The festival ended with 'Rhapsody'...newly formed local choir, in their first public performance...they raised the roof!

Raffle - 4 lucky winners won the beautiful raffle quilts...with the 5th prize winner having a quilt made especially for her.

At the quilters meeting the following week, they were delighted to present the RNLI with a cheque for £2,500, gratefully received by Judy Peter, Lymington Lifeboat Education Officer and Katherine Dempster, Chair of Barton on Sea and New Milton RNLI fundraising team, and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rectory Quilter's formation, there was cake too!

Quilted bird and leaf border

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