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Region 5 Contacts

Regional Co-ordinator
Jeanette Huntley
t: 01275 878168

Regional Treasurer
Karen Phimister
t:  01453 731674 mobile 07967 858135


Regional Newsletter Editor - Five Patch and advertising
Gill Griffiths
t: 01278 733709


Regional Website Editor
Marilyn Miles
t: 01453-832974 or 0780-155-8931


Young Quilters Representative
Becky Wheeler
Email  -


Regional Secretary
Liz Jarvis

t: 01275 880259

Committee member (vacancy)


Committee member
Gill Hewlett
t: 07904 052450

Jeanette Huntley Regional Co-ordinator

Jeanette Huntley lives in Clevedon, Bristol right in the centre of Region 5.

Liz Jarvis - Regional Secretary

My ongoing hexagon piecing seems to have brought me full circle from my granny’s knee to being a granny myself.  I have moved on a bit and sewn almost anything and everything from curtains to coats via a lot of patchwork ever since I can remember. Recently retired, I was a member of Region 7 of the Quilters guild and for 20 years belonged to quilt groups in South Bucks.  I did City &Guilds at Windsor College and made one of the few quilts I have ever quilted.  Since we moved to Clevedon in the Bristol area 4 years ago, I’ve joined North Somerset Quilters, The Thursday Girls and more recently Portishead Quilters so hope to continue my quilting habit - well more accurately patchwork habit as I still have quilting phobia despite many workshops and much kind and helpful advice.  I am clearly destined to support the local ‘Gammill’ Girls and leave a pile of ‘tops’ for posterity!


Karen Phimister - Treasurer

Karen is a member of Chalford Quilters (nr Stroud, Gloucestershire). She writes

"I am a compulsive ‘maker’ who loves fabric and stitching in almost any form!  For several years I worked from home, making curtains, blinds and soft furnishings but after discovering City & Guilds I re-focussed on quilt-making and embroidery as I found the greater creative potential more satisfying.  I completed City & Guilds certificates in Patchwork and Embroidery and I enjoy both hand and machine sewing and making quilts, bags, cushions and books etc.  I have been teaching for 5 years and love it as it beings me into contact with people who enjoy the same things as me.  It is also extremely satisfying to observe how a student's confidence can grow as she learns new skills and starts to make her own creative choices.  I teach from home and at Abigail Crafts in Stonehouse, at Poppy Patchwork in Westbury and at Stoke Lodge Adult Learning Centre"

Gill Griffiths. Five Patch Newsletter Editor

 I live in Nether Stowey, a lovely village near Bridgwater, Somerset where we found ourselves 3 years ago and have been quilting for about 5 years.
I was brought up sewing and knitting but creative pastimes took a backseat whilst my children were growing up and I was caring for both parents.   I signed up to a beginners workshop at  Midsomer Quilting with Jenny Lester...the rest is history, I was hooked.
I am definitely  ‘a learner’.  I enjoy going to classes and workshops, trying new  techniques, even ones that I might never use again, and meeting the wide variety  of people who also indulge  in this pastime.
I have made several quilts and have several more to finish.  I have a lot of beautiful fabric waiting for "the right moment".
Gill says "I was one of the founder members of Quantock Quilters.  I advertised for others interested in quilting and  9 ladies turned up for the first meeting.  Now we are a  group of 17 who get together twice a month"

Joy Salvage - YQ Rep

I have been quilting for roughly 4 and a half years, and started by reading books and looking online for inspiration. Since then I have been very interested in the heritage of quilts and their history, which was shown as I made a replica of the 'Dear Jane' quilt from 1863. 

As I work full-time as a Secondary school Art and Design teacher, I have become familiar with the use of colour and its application in my quilt making. My favourite fabrics to use are replica fabrics from the 1800's which are civil war based, however I also love bright and modern prints as well! My stash of fabric is great evidence of this! 

I am a member of many groups around the Bristol/Gloucester area and love sharing ideas with fellow quilters and learning something new. Recently I have begun to give small lectures and 'trunk' shows of quilts which I have made which include my 2015 Guild Challenge prize winning quilt 'Log Cabin Crazyness'. My favourite block is Log Cabin, and I adore miniature quilts as well as applique and machine piecing on a foundation.

I hope to inspire and educate the future generations of quilters in my new post as Young Quilt Rep and most of all share my love of patchwork and have fun!

Marilyn Miles - Region 5 Website Editor

Marilyn is member of Five Valley Quilters which is based in the Stroud/Nailsworth area of Gloucestershire. This group doubled in size in 2015 after their first quilt show in May.  Skills range from beginners to those whose quilt has done a tour of America and interests range from traditional to contemporary.  They have made 3 group quilts one of which won a rosette at the Malvern Spring Quilt show in 2012.  Marilyn is a member of the Traditional Quilt Group and enjoyed their first retreat in October 2011. 

It was 1986 before she got hooked on patchwork and quilting.  Living in Canada for 6 months with her children (then aged 11) she took a few individual classes from a local teacher. She joined the Quilters Guild in 1994.
Contact her

Gill Hewlett - Committee member

 I have enjoyed sewing and other crafts from a young age and grew up in a WI family so making things, joining in and entering competitions was all normal life for the women in my family.  However, it was not until 2000 when I visited my quilting Aunty in Australia that I got the quilting bug.  By 2002 I had saved up for a new Bernina machine, joined Crystal Quilters in Region 11 (the West Midlands and the counties around Birmingham) where we lived at the time, and started compulsively sewing pieces of fabric together.  When I moved back to Cheltenham in 2008 I joined Montpellier Quilters where I am currently treasurer.  As I am now virtually retired from full time work I have the time to get far more involved and will be taking up the City and Guilds next spring; something I have wanted to do for many years but have been unable to do due to my work commitments.  I attend the Quilters Guild AGM if I can and would recommend anyone to come along for a wonderful weekend with like minded people

Helen Webster - committee member

 I learnt to sew when I was about 4years old, sat on the floor, playing with scraps of fabric whilst my grandmother dress made on a Singer treadle machine.  The same Singer that I learnt to machine sew on, keeps your ankles trim!  Indeed the same treadle machine now sits in the corner of the sewing room, stuffed to the gunnels with stash!  I have sewn all my life, sometimes by hand and sometimes by machine, but I am a confirmed fabricoholic.

My mother is a quilter, and has been for over 20 years, so I have dabbled with quilting on and off for just as long.  I’ve been on workshops with mum, and had a play with her gadgets and gizmos, but I finally caught the bug 2 years ago, and joined the Guild last year.  Mum was so proud!

So, in at the deep end, I took part in the Guild’s mystery row quilt along last year, and this year I’m having a go at the mystery block quilt in Quiltmania.

When I’m not quilting, I  can be found working at the local primary school as a mid-day supervisor (dinner lady by any other name) looking after the school’s chickens, goats and allottments, or if the weather is typically English, knitting.