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Meeting at Waltham…..

by Rosie Lundgren

The LINQS DH meeting at Waltham Windmill on Saturday 22nd August was a great success . After a brief business meeting the day was given over to sewing and making/meeting new friends. The Waltham ladies made us very welcome and shared lots of ideas with us so we have all come away with inspiration for gifts we can make for Christmas presents and other occasions.

When lunch time came most of us were intending to head for the tea room but our hosts informed us that they were laying on lunch for their visitors. What a lovely feast we had and it was finished off with the most delicious home made cake, obviously ladies of many talents!

We couldn’t leave without a visit to the shops, including a fabric shop and a sweet shop plus a quick tour of the museum which is full of treasures from every day life. The wonderful smell of freshly baked bread, on sale at the Mill shop, meant it was too good to resist! All in all everyone agreed it had been a lovely day.

The  following photos show some of the ladies who attended the meeting as well as a selection of their work.





Part of double East Yorkshire by Margaret Beedham.


Part of double East Yorkshire with the image which inspired the design.


Felled trees on Woldgate by Margaret Beedham



Felled trees on Woldgate with the image which inspired the design.

By Carole Parkinson

By Carole Parkinson

By Jacky Hopkin

By Jacky Hopkin

By Brenda Acton

By Brenda Acton


March 14th LINQS DH Meeting…..

Following a hearty lunch, provided by Sally and her staff, we had a very productive meeting of LINQS at the Coach and Horses in Billighay this afternoon.  

As you know, one of the venues we are hoping to exhibit at next year is the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford.  Before our application can be considered we have to address a number of questions relating to our group, our ethos, our target audience and what we want visitors to take away from our exhibition.  This afternoon these questions formed the basis for a lively group discussion at the end of which we all agreed that we are now better equipped to put forward our application to the NCCD.

Thanks to all those who attended today and for those of you who couldn’t make it, here are a few photos…..

Gill shows her completed quilt.  Look closely at the detailing, it’s terrific, there is so much going on in this piece!  Gill has kindly agreed to do a write up for the blog next week (time permitting) telling us a little about how she approached this project.

Fiona is progressing her “Poppy” from the mini prototype to the full blown 30″x40″ which is looking fabulous.  Fiona has also offered to send in a write up about how she came up with her unique design.

Something has caught their interest………….

Molly, who never ceases to amaze us all, shows the group her first design (above) and the second quilt she is currently working on (below).

There will be a DH Workshop on Saturday 18th April at Branston Booths Village Hall, all LINQS members are welcome to come along.  It’s a chance to spend the day focussing on your project with no interruptions.  Come along and discuss your ideas, work on your quilt, or pick up tips/advice on finishing, binding, edging, etc.  whatever you want to do, the day is yours.  

The next LINQS meeting was set for 2pm on 13th June at the Coach and Horses in Billinghay.

Second LINQS Meeting…

…by Karen Lane Today saw the second meeting of LINQS at The Coach and Horses public house in Billinghay.  We had a good turn out of 25 ladies, most of whom arrived early to take advantage of the delicious lunch time menu! image Sheila informed the group that we now have 39 members so we have the potential for a serious travelling exhibition once the quilts are finished!  Sheila also confirmed that several venues have shown an interest in displaying the DH quilts in 2016.  The group were asked to vote for their “top 3” ideal venues for the launch of the DH collection, not surprisingly, top of the list was Salts Mill.  Fingers crossed this comes off! image Several members brought their “work in progress” quilts to show the group while others brought images of the paintings they are intending to use as inspiration. image Jean’s beautiful hand sewn quilt (above) is influenced by Hockney’s paintings of “Woldgate Woods” has a background created from a jelly roll with appliqué in the foreground. image The colours and shapes in Karin’s quilt (above) have clearly been influenced by those seen in the painting of Garrowby Hill. imageRosie is also planning to create a piece based on Garrowby Hill.  It’s all in her head at the moment but her fabrics have been selected and are ready for the cutting mat!image Molly brought her sketch book with the preliminary drawings she did for her quilt. image   Molly’s quilt is a combination of machine and hand stitching and takes its influence from several of the paintings she saw on her visit to Salts Mill. image Sandra has discovered an interesting work with the title “Three Green Waves with Orange Sand” in the book “Hockney Paintings: The Definitive Retrospective”.  This will form the basis of her project. image For her influence Pat has chosen the 12th in the series of VN paintings which Hockney produced in the 1990’s. image Carole can’t remember the name of the painting that was the inspiration for her quilt but it had a red background and a wine glass.  The red background is done and Carole told the group she will be trying out a new technique to create the glass.  Follow this blog to see how Carole and the other ladies develop their ideas and to see photos of the finished quilts. It would be great to feature more of your ideas/work on here so if anyone out there would like to submit photos for inclusion in this blog you can email them to me at

Linqs first meeting…..



The first meeting of the newly formed Lincolnshire Quilting group LINQS met at The Coach and Horses in Billinghay on Saturday 4th September. Hosted by Sheila, it was a lively affair with lots of questions, suggestions and ideas for the type of projects we are all considering. Mary hit the nail on the head when she said that there were “no shrinking violets”!  Some of the ladies brought along their “work in progress” which was wonderful to see while others brought copies of David Hockney books for the rest of us to browse through.

The idea of this challenge is not to hide your work away or be secretive about ideas, techniques etc.  It’s more about discovering together and encouraging and nurturing the ideas and work of others.  The following photos were taken at the gathering and show some of the quilts that have already started taking shape.



Sheila chairing the meeting


An exciting piece of work in progress inspired by the colour and movement in Hockney’s work.


Fiona shows her ideas based on photos taken while out walking her dog.


An early Hockney self portrait is this inspiration for my quilt.

An early Hockney self portrait was the inspiration for my quilt.


It’s easy to see the Hockney influence in this very colourful quilt.


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