Conference 2022


Treasures from East Anglia, Gems from Beyond.

1-3 April 2022

Wherstead Park, nr Ipswich, Suffolk. IP9 2BJ

Region 8 look forward to welcoming everyone to the first major social event for members celebrating our Guild community and passion for all things textile since Covid. The programme is varied and includes 24 workshops, 18 talks, three carousels, a Friday social supper, a Gala Dinner, two visits and a clutch of traders to tempt us - hopefully there will be something to entice everyone to join us. It will also give you the chance to attend the live AGM on the Saturday morning. 

Guests will also be able to join you for visits to the Warner Textile Archive and Sutton Hoo, the gala dinner and the social supper, so if you are able, you could use the event as a starting point for a few days exploring East Anglia with friends or partners. 

Our venue has very varied architecture from a stunningly restored Georgian Mansion where Jane Austen would not be out of place to a huge very modern Atrium which gives us the space to display the Sutton Hoo textile in its entirety for the last time. To bring a real sense of fun to the whole weekend we have risen to the challenge of The Great British Bake Off and acquired our very own Party Tent which will be the social hub for the event with catering, demonstrators, fun and games and great company. 

Our opening ceremony will be in the Party Tent and the closing ceremony will be in the Atrium.

The tutors and speakers are diverse in their interests and talents but all come highly recommended for their talks and workshops. Mary McIntosh is offering an exclusive workshop for our event; Vendulka Battais of Best in Show FOQ 2021 is there on all three days; Pippa Moss of the fabulous Hawaiian Quilt Gallery at FOQ will help you to create one of these fascinating quilts plus many more, you really need to be there! With travel and packing in mind we have kits provided for many of our workshops which will be available from tutors on the day. We have a balance of hand and machine workshops so a machine will not be needed for all workshops. If you have a sewing machine that you can bring for the machine classes that would be great, but there will be some machines available.

The talks will be, in the words of Annette Morgan, ‘more intimate than large lectures’ and be in three different rooms over the weekend. Several of our specialist groups and the Quilt Judges are also going to be sharing their experiences to celebrate what members have achieved and to encourage others to consider joining their groups. 

The AGM will be held in the Atrium on Saturday 2 April.  Please let us know if you plan to attend.  The proceedings will be recorded so if you are unable to be there in person you will be able to see it at a later date.  All the documents and information will be available to members in advance of the AGM.


Booking is now open -    

Early bird discount applies until 7 February 2022.

Delegate rate

Early bird

Full rate

Full weekend



Friday 1 April



Saturday 2 April  



Sunday 3 April



ChallengesThere are three challenges at conference all reflecting the conference theme so we hope to see entries from participants from 5 to 105 illustrating what treasures mean to us all.  Entries will be displayed at conference.
The Sue Ridgwell Challenge is open to all Guild members and exhibited at conference.  This year the challenge is Gems from Beyond - a reference to the conference title but also an opportunity to think about what 'gem' means to you.  Your A3 piece can reflect gems from your region or much further afield.  Do you have a favourite gem stone or could you focus on someone who is thought of as 'gem' in your community?  Download your entry form where you can find all the relevant information and return the completed form to the Conference Exhibitions officer by 1 February 2022.  

Regional Challenge for Guild members of the host region only is for an A3 wall hanging with the theme Treasures form the Earth. What does treasure make you think of? Do you think of the natural treasure of our earth? The crops the farmers grow? Or do you think of the buried treasure from history?  Download your entry form where you can find all the relevant information and return the completed form to the Conference Exhibitions officer by 1 February 2022.

Young Quilters Challenge is also Treasures from the Earth but is open to all YQ members not just those in region 8. The challenge is open to individuals and groups aged between 5 and 18. The sizes vary with individual entries up to 60cm (24") and group entries up to 1m (39") in any direction. Download the entry form where you can find all the relevant information and return the completed form to the Conference Exhibitions officer by 1 February 2022

Friday 1 April 2022

Friday 1 April 2022

Full Day Workshops - All £50 10.30 – 4.30 p.m with 45min lunch break 

Carolyn Forster  Rose Star One Patch Hexagon Quilt Block  

A stunning quilt block simply sewn using one template. Make each block special with some fussy cutting and then let your fabrics do the talking! The patches can be quickly rotary cut and the stitching of the block is great to hone your hand piecing skills. The block can be sewn in two different sizes, which you can choose on the day. This is not EPP. Carolyn will have Acrylic templates available on the day for £10.

Pippa Moss Hand Applique & Hawaiian Quilts

Many people admired Pippa’s gallery of Hawaiian Quilts at FOQ. This is your opportunity to learn a relaxing and portable technique to make a striking applique block. In this workshop you will make a needle-turned block using the freezer paper on top method. You will have a choice of patterns. Corners, points and curves will be covered, plus wadding and quilting. Pippa will also bring some of her own quilts and explain the method of making a larger Hawaiian project. A requirements list will be sent on receipt of booking 

Pat Archibald Elephants on Parade

Experiment with Indian block printing using a variety of wooden blocks to create your own printed fabrics from which you will then cut the component pieces for your appliquéd elephant. You can then assemble the ceremonial elephant and set him on a background. The elephant can be stitched, beaded, sequinned and braided to great effect. You will start the day by experimenting with the blocks and inks by printing onto a calico bag. Students should expect to have the piece assembled, partial stitching completed and trimming and embellishments choices made by the end of the day. £5 fee for the use of blocks, inks and calico bag. A requirements list will be sent on receipt of booking

Lynne Edwards Exploring Rolled Back Edge Blocks; Rolled Edge Tulips and much, much more!

This simple technique transforms straight edges into curves painlessly. Learn the process through making this Curved Tulip block, plus tips and strategies for creating your own designs in the future. A mix of machine and handwork. Lynne has many lovely designs using this technique which you will be able to purchase from her after the workshop. A requirements list will be sent on receipt of booking

Alex Waylett ‘Pebbles’ - A Machine Embroidery Workshop 

The ‘pebble’ technique developed from working samples produced for a coastal exhibition. Alex developed the idea and started to use the technique in her bags and cushions.  Each completed piece will be unique to you and the day offers a chance to play with textures and colour combinations with super results. Alex will provide a large quantity of mixed fabrics but if you are able to raid your own stash for little bits of space-dyed or commercial fabrics, silk velvet, dupion, velvet, metallic leather/faux leather, sequin fabrics this will be helpful on the day. Alex’s Pack Price is £8 per person.

Mary McIntosh Sutton Hoo: A New, Exclusive to Conference Workshop 

This workshop is based on the Sutton Hoo Mask textile piece commissioned from Mary for our conference. The workshop will not be repeated after our conference. You will create your artwork using a 12” piece of black linen, surface design and free machine stitching to create texture under Mary’s expert tuition.Mary will provide a kit on the day for £12 to include all fabrics required and use of all fabric paints. 

Half Day Workshops – All £27 13.30 – 16.00 p.m. 

Rosemary Muntus Boro and several other different techniques. 

Rosemary, a popular teacher at our Virtual Conference, will teach these traditional hand sewing techniques and provide notes to enable you to make a bag or book cover. A gentle, calming workshop. Kits of all materials needed will be available in the range £10 — £14.50 but a list of supplies will be provided for those wishing to use their own materials.

Magenta Kang Korean Patchwork - Pin cushions

Magenta’s workshops reputably induce a sense of calm and wellbeing to all who attend. In this class, students will make their own Korean pin-cushion following the expected traditional pattern. The cushion is constructed from silk pieces using folding and Gam-chim-jil (whip-stitch) techniques Please bring a small cutting board, scissors and ruler. Kit £10 includes a selection of coloured silks, threads and stuffing, needles and pins. Magenta will provide additional tools as necessary. You may prefer your own needles and pins.

Carousel 1 £15 10.00 – 12.00 midday

Carousel 2 £15 13.30 –15.30

The Carousels will cover a wide range of techniques shown as demonstrations or mini hands-on activities. Magenta Kang, Rosemary Muntus, Betty Ball, EQS, Sarah Hibbert, Vendulka Battais, Helen Howes, Helen Butcher, Judi Mendelssohn, Sally Goodacre, Bridget Liverton, Maria Spiller Vicki Hease, Jane Cheshire and Liz Binns will all be involved in these events. Whilst some tutors will be doing both Carousels, others will be doing just one so check the website for greater detail. Kits provided will vary between £1 - £5 

Talks no additional charge. There will be ample time to move from one room to the other should you choose to.

George Hines Room 

10.00 – 11.00 Lis Binns Threaducation.. all you need to know about threads

11.20 – 12.20 Moira Neal  Loving Lockdown

12.40 – 13.40 Warner Textile Archive Pomp, Circumstance & Jubilation: Royal commissions and connections

14.00 – 15.00 Heather Audin Gems from Our Collection 

15.20 – 16.20 Helen Howes So, what exactly is a Modern Quilt?

Harland Room 

10.15 – 11.15 Sarah Impey Writing with a Needle 

11.35 – 12. 35 Cherry Vernon Harcourt Procion Dyes to Earth Pigments - A Dyeing Life!

13.00 – 14.00 Annette Morgan The Sutton Hoo Hanging…. [How to work to commission and working with volunteers.]..The updated talk 

14.15 - 15.15 Betty Ball Still my favourite American quilter: KatiePM.

15.35 – 16.35 BQSG Find out about the fascinating work of the Quilt Study Group… perhaps be tempted to join them!

Social Supper - £16.005.30 – 8.00pm. 

Join us for a simple supper and the chance to meet quilters from all over the country. 

We will enjoy chat, a few games and puzzles and relax together to round off the day. An ideal way for those who have not attended a conference before to meet the team and make friends from across the Guild. 

Saturday 2 April 2022

The AGM will be held at 9.30 am in the Atrium at Wherstead Park, 

Half Day Workshops - All £27 13.15 – 16.15 

Judi Mendelssohn  New York Beauty

A block that incorporates foundation piecing for the spikes and curved seams, so lots of technique – made simple – in a lovely block. You can choose from two variations. Machine sewing. Small rotary cutting kit needed and basic sewing equipment. A full kit including foundation printed sheet, fabric and freezer paper for £5

Jane Cheshire Memory mapping in stitch

Create a personal stitched map of special meaning to you. Learn to embroider a map of your place using various textiles, Appliquétechnique and a variety of stitches. Jane will work with you to develop your ideas and show examples of her work. All materials and threads will be provided

Betty Ball Designing Tessellations

A paper design exercise workshop using coloured cards and papers, etc. You will only need to supply pencils, rulers, paper scissors and a Pritt stick. It is often very difficult, unless you are on something like a City & Guilds course, to get design workshops- so here is a chance to experiment with design. You will discuss transferring your design to stitching and fabric.

Marion Barnes Designing with two Fat Quarters

Use just two fabrics to create a dynamic wall-hanging with a simple piecing, a touch of fabric paint and a whole lot of stitch, this is also an opportunity to improve your machine quilting. Bring your own fabrics or order a kit containing 2 fat quarters and thread for £14. Marion will bring the fabric paint and brushes for all to share.

Vendulka Battais  Cathedral Windows on the Machine

In this machine pieced method of constructing the Cathedral windows, the frame of the windows is a different colour to the background of the block giving it more contrast and a striking look. You will learn the basics of this technique by creating a block for a cushion with four windows. If you bring your own fabrics, they must be PRE-CUT as per the requirement list. Kit will be available with all the fabrics cut ready for a cushion front for £6.

Maria Spiller  Fabric Postcards

Explore using a variety of materials, to make a mailable fabric postcard. You will be guided to develop your own ideas and create pieces which will work for the popular trend of postcard making, A variety of techniques will be used. All materials are included in this workshop so you will only need a sewing machine and basic sewing kit.

Helen Howes Improvising with Curves

Making free-hand curves of various kinds - yours will be in your own inimitable style. Using rotary cutters and simple sewing, make a set of blocks with one or several cuts and put them together in lots of different ways A requirements list will be sent on receipt of booking.

Helen Butcher  Intrigue Brooch 

Make delightful tiny kittens brooches from your scraps; they are addictive! Full written instructions provided, with diagram, photos and FPP templates for students to complete the project. A requirements list will be sent on receipt of booking.

Warner Textile Archive Visit. Members £35/ Guests £37 12.30 – approx. 5.00

A visit to Braintree Museum where galleries explore the significance of textiles to the area and the history of the Courtauld family and their development of modern textile techniques. Then a walk of about 5 mins to the Warner Archive to see pieces from their archives. We have specifically arranged for you to see the exquisitely pristine May Teck silks, a Royal commission which was never used. Light refreshments are included in this visit. There is also an interesting shop!

Talks no additional charge


13.15 – 14.15 Lynne Edwards - Looking back, looking forward. A personal journey through patchwork over the past fifty years.

14.45 - 15.45 Janice Gunner - Japan - a Textile Journey  Share Janice’s exploration of the traditional textile techniques of Japan, plus the chance to see and try on garments from her personal kimono collection.

George Hines Room

15.50 – 16.50 Ellie of Ellie’s Quiltspace Modern Traditions, a glimpse behind the scenes of EQP Textiles.

Harland Room

13.30 – 14.30 Quilt Judges … Come and find out about Quilt Judging and the Guild’s Course

14.45 – 15.45 Contemporary Quilt Group will share with you a celebration of their work and may just tempt you to join them. 

Gala Dinner 7.00 for 7.30 - £50 Members / Guests £54

The annual party for the Guild. The three-course meal will be served in the Atrium; wine can be ordered in advance (please use the form provided) and there will be a bar available for pre-dinner drinks. 

We welcome a gem from Scotland who has searched widely for handcrafted treasures as our after dinner speaker:

Pat Archibald - Bribery, Flattery, Gold, Watches Jewellery and........ Camels  A behind the scenes glimpse of the unglamorous, challenging, eye-popping and the ridiculous world of a travelling quilter.

Gala Dinner Menu 

Starter: Classic Pressed Ham Hock, Apple Chutney, Baby Leaf Salad as alternative starter 


Tomato & Basil Soup


Supreme of Chicken wrapped in Parma Ham with Thyme Fondant Potato, Seasonal Vegetables


Goats Cheese and Red Pepper en Croute, Salsa Verde, Seasonal Vegetables (v)


Sugared Lemon Tart, Blackberry Coulis, Vanilla Cream


Chocolate Torte, Cherry Compote 

Please indicate any allergies or dietary concerns on the booking form.

Sunday 3 April 2022

Full Day Workshops - All £50 10.30 – 16.15 45min lunch break 

Magenta Kang Korean Patchwork - Ssam-sol Sampler

Make your own Korean Ssam-sol sampler following the expected traditional pattern. The sampler is constructed from ramie and uses a double-sided seaming technique. The kits include pre-cut pieces for the design, the required silk thread, needles and pins. Kit £15

Vendulka Battais Quilted and painted design

The techniques Vendulka used to create the winner of the Best in show at the Festival of Quilts 2021. She will have several designs of mandalas or feathers for you to choose from. Quilt your chosen design in the morning and spend the afternoon bringing it to life with the Marabu glitter and metallic liners. £3 for the use of the paints payable on the day. 

Pat Archibald Painted Ladies 

Figures are easily created on Lutradur (a spun bonded textile) with paints and then applied to a beautiful background fabric. You will have the choice of two different patterns to work with featuring Indian ladies wearing flowing saris. A requirements list will be sent on receipt of booking. Kit of special materials £15 

Moira Neal  Up--cycling old denim using hand embroidery and appliqué

Moira has denim jackets which she has embroidered and appliquéd in different styles. You will be able to practice hand sewing ideas on pieces of denim suitable for use in bags and cushions, bring along an old garment and work directly onto it. There is a charge for use of embroidery threads and denim of £4.00 a head on the day but students are welcome to supply their own.

Ellie of Ellie’s Quiltspace Switch! workshop.

The workshop has two distinct parts, the first involves beginning the piecing of the centre blocks for the design, the second looks at the techniques for making the floral border. The pattern for the whole quilt is included in the workshop fee. A requirements list will be sent on receipt of booking.

Janice Gunner To boldly Go: African Odyssey

How to use those big, bold prints that you just couldn't resist adding to your stash! Janice will guide you in how to use them effectively using a variety of techniques including free form piecing, fussy cutting, appliqué and more. A requirements list will be sent on receipt of booking and a kit will be available to order from The African Fabric Shop. 

Half Day Workshops – All £27 10.00 – 12.30 

Maria Spiller Journal Quilts

Explore the attraction of working on smaller pieces allowing experimentation without committing to a large piece. Use a variety of materials, to make an 8” square journal quilt. An opportunity to try something new and create your own original artwork. You may be able to incorporate samples from the Carousels. 

Lis Binns Playing with threads. 

If you love specialist threads but find them a challenge this workshop is for you.  Learn the tricks and tips that make all the worries disappear while you get to play with some of the different types of thread you could use to enhance your projects. Threads will be available at the event. A requirements list will be sent on receipt of booking.

Carousel 3 

Meet the Collectors - £15 10.00 – 12.00

Come and meet collectors who are passionate about their pieces and will talk about the techniques, the history and why they are so passionate about the quilts they have chosen to share at our conference. Wholecloth, pieced, Canadian Red Cross, 1930’s feed sacks and the gems from Guild’s own collection are a few of the of the items that will be shared. As in the more regular carousels you will be able to join 4 of the collectors over the course of 2 hrs to share their passion. 

Talks no additional charge

George Hines Room 

10.00 – 11.00 Liz Trenow For the Love of Silk – international best-selling novelist Liz Trenow talks about her family’s 300 year history of silk weaving and how it influences her work.

11.20 – 12.20 Mary McIntosh By Accident or Design The experience of a popular textile artist. 

Harland Room 

10.15 – 11.15 Modern Group Share their enthusiasm for Modern Quilting, perhaps you will be tempted to join. 

11.35 – 12. 35 Miniature Group AGM All miniature Group members are invited to their AGM. 

Sutton Hoo Visit 9.30 – 12.45. 

Members with NT cards £14.50 Members without NT cards £28.75

Guests with NT cards £16.75 Guests without NT cards £30.75

Sutton Hoo inspired our theme for the conference and is the iconic archaeological site whose story featured in last year’s very popular film, ‘The Dig’. The visit will include a guided tour of the mounds themselves, the opportunity to climb the new tower to appreciate the scale of the whole burial area and the views of the river and surrounding countryside. You will have time to explore the exhibition hall itself and perhaps wander through the woods. Sensible shoes are advised. There is also a NT café with refreshments available.