How we started
In 1996 Irene Burgoyne, Kate Pickard, Jenny Stokes and Pat Tribe met at Walford Mill while doing their City & Guilds course. They wanted to join a group of quilters but there were none close by in North Dorset so between them they set up the North Dorset Quilters.
They put on an exhibition in Shaftesbury Art Centre at the end of August 1998 and advertised for people who were interested. As a result the first meeting was held on 23 September 1998 and about 30 people came and 20 became members. The four formed a committee and produced a programme of events which ran until January 1999. The committee was then increased to seven and a more formal programme ran to September. The purpose of the group was not so much a social sewing circle but to have speakers and workshops and to encourage everyone to share their love and enthusiasm for textiles. There are now nearly 70 members and a committee of eight.
What we do
Since 1998 we have held four shows in Shaftesbury Art
Centre and have raffled five large quilts for charity.
Meetings and workshops
We meet in the Royal British Legion Hall in Shaftesbury
at 7.00pm monthly except August. In addition, in October, December, February
and April we meet on the second Thursday afternoon of the month at 2.30pm;
these meetings are usually mini workshops. There are three workshops a
year usually held on Saturdays.
We have held internal challenges. One year we made Christmas wall hangings, another year we challenged members to make quilts to include an awful fabric; we had a calico challenge, in Gillingham we had a challenge related to music and last year we made journal quilts with a theme and a quilt to represent Shaftesbury.
Subscription and fees
The annual subscription is currently £17.50 and members pay £2.00 at each meeting. Visitors are welcome and pay £3.00 per visit. After two visits, visitors are required to become members. Day workshops cost £25.00 and afternoon workshops cost £7.50. Both include free tea and coffee!