Saturday, 14 February 2009

January meeting

I can't believe it's nearly time for the February meeting, and I haven't managed to write about the January events! It's not because it wasn't interesting or enjoyable, it's just that life got in the way! (I imagine you know what I mean.)

Jenny Almond was our speaker, and although she has been our speaker before (once memorably helping us out when another speaker let us down at the last minute for no good reason!) she is always a joy. She is so down to earth and unassuming, yet her work is beautiful and varied.

Here she is, no doubt sharing a clever tip with Beth. She brought lots of quilts to share with us, mainly traditional, of the kind where you think to yourself, 'I could make that,' leaving us all feeling inspired and confident, rather than daunted. Her talk was amusing and gave us all a good laugh. Thanks, Jenny.

Show and Tell was excellent, as ever. It started, appropriately, with a couple of quilts which had been made at one of Jenny's workshops.

Bunty made hers in Christmas colours, as she thought the stars were suitable for Christmas, but didn't mean the quilt had to be put away after the festive season, but could be used all winter. Good idea.It's hard to believe that Andrea used the same pattern, but her colour choices have brought out completely different areas of the design, and making the stars really hard to find!Eileen and Jenny made these stained glass 'windows' in a Gail Lawther workshop, and again, they have turned out very differently. Chris and Muriel have been stripping at the Bramble Patch. No, not that kind of stripping, just using strips (Jelly Rolls, actually) to make quilts. This quilt of Chris's is a log cabin, arranged in a straight furrows set.

Ann prefers to hand piece and hand quilt, and here is her latest quilt, which she has kindly donated to Project Linus. It's simple but very effective, and beautifully quilted.

Here is some more hand work, a fabulous sampler of different applique blocks. The bright colours looked vibrant in actuality.

You may be interested to know that 29 people are taking part in this year's group quilt, and I look forward to seeing their first blocks completed at the next meeting.

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